29 Tips to Make You a Facebook Master

Groups

Groups (similar to Google+ Circles) are an easy way to communicate with a specific set of people, instead of sharing everything with everyone all the time.

4. Create a Group

It really is as simple as clicking Create Group in the left column of the Facebook homepage. Doing this will cause a pop-up box to appear, which will ask you to give your group a name, add members, and select the privacy setting for that group. Click Create Group when you are finished.

Once a group is created, you can click Edit Group at the top right of that page to add a description, set up a group e-mail address, and add a photo.

5. Chat with a Group

Once you have joined or created a group, you can communicate directly with group members. All members of a group can interact in group chat, regardless of whether they are your friends on Facebook. You can only chat with group members who are online at the time. To start, go to the group and click Chat With Group on the upper-right corner of the page.

6. Share Documents with a Group

Similar to Google Docs, Facebook Docs allows members of a group to write and edit content through the social network. To create a doc, go to your group and click Create Doc on the right. This opens a clean new text-input window with a few simple formatting tools at the top of the page. Select Create Doc, and Facebook will publish the doc to your group. To edit or delete it later, simply click on the document.

7. Poll Members of a Group

In exactly the same way that you create a poll for all Facebook users, you can ask a question to members of a group. Click on the Question icon above your Status window. This will bring up a window where you can ask your question. Then click Add Poll Options to fill in the possible answers. To prevent people from adding their own answers, uncheck the “Allow Anyone to Add Options” box. Then click Ask Question to publicize it to the group.

8. Control Who Can Join a Group

Administrators of a group can personally approve any member who has been added to the group.

  • Click Edit Group on the right.
  • Check “Only admins can approve requests to join.”
  • Click Save Changes.

To remove a member of the group:

  • Select Edit Group on the right.
  • Click the Members tab on the left.
  • Search for a specific person.
  • Click the X next to their name. Removed members can be re-added later.
  • Check the box for Ban Permanently to remove them forever.

Become a Facebook Master

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A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson heads up features and special projects for Laptopmag.com, in addition to covering social networking and accessories. She joined the LAPTOP staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.
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  1. antoniolynnm Says:

    Hi!

    On messaging: my pop-screen, there are only three choices: green=hide, flower=some options (no camera option) and lastly X= exit.

    Some regions are not updated yet?

    Thanks and best regards,
    Lynn

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