Mark Zuckerberg kicked off it’s first Communities Summit in Chicago by celebrating the role Groups play in the Facebook community and thanking the group admins who lead them. He also announced a new mission for Facebook that will guide their work over the next decade: Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.
An important part of delivering on their new mission is supporting group admins, who are real community leaders on Facebook. Facebook added some several new features to help them grow and manage their groups:
- Group Insights: Now, with Group Insights, they’ll be able to see real-time metrics around growth, engagement and membership — such as the number of posts and times that members are most engaged.
- Membership request filtering: Facebook added new a way for them to sort and filter membership requests on common categories like gender and location, and then accept or decline all at once.
- Removed member clean-up: to help communities safe from bad actors, group admins can now remove a person and the content they’ve created within the group, including posts, comments and other people added to the group, in one step.
- Scheduled posts: group admins and moderators can create and conveniently schedule posts on a specific day and time.
- Group to group linking: we’re beginning to test group-to-group linking, which allows group admins to recommend similar or related groups to their members. This is just the beginning of ways that we’re helping bring communities and sub-communities closer together.
More than 1 billion people around the world use Groups, and more than 100 million people are members of “meaningful groups.” These are groups that quickly become the most important part of someone’s experience on Facebook. Today Facebook setting up a goal to help 1 billion people join meaningful communities like these.
In Chicago, Facebook celebrated some of these groups built around local neighborhoods, shared passions and life experiences.