Joining Facebook Groups

John Red Adair demonstrates joining Facebook groups using Jing
John Red Adair demonstrates joining Facebook groups using Jing

John Red Adair

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So you are looking to join a Facebook Group. Here are some things you should know before you join a Facebook Group:

The Reasons to Join a Facebook Group

What are the security issues in joining Facebook Groups?

First before I answer that we must review the 3 different types of Facebook Groups:

  1. Secret:
    • by invitation only
    • posts can only be seen by members in the group
  2. Closed:
    • can be found when searched for
    • members must be approved by an administrator prior to getting into the group
    • posts can be seen by non-members
  3. Open (public):
    • can be found when searched for
    • anyone on Facebook can join and does not need to be approved
    • posts can be seen by non-members

Security issues in joining Facebook Groups:

  1. Secret:
    • only group members can see your posts
    • only group members can see that you are in the group
    • only group members can comment to your posts
  2. Closed:
    • anyone can see your posts
    • anyone can see that you are in the group
    • but only group members can comment to your posts
  3. Open (public):
    • anyone can see your posts
    • anyone can see that you are in the group
    • and since anyone can join the group, therefore anyone can comment to your posts

Other security issues dealing with Facebook Groups:

Why Facebook Groups are better than having Friends?

Simply put: not everyone you know needs to know everything you post and vice versa. Facebook Groups help limit who sees your posts by only placing your post on group members' newfeeds. For example, by joining your high schools' graduation classes' Facebook Group rather than adding every classmate as a friend, then your newfeed will be greatly reduced.

The First Mistake People New to Facebook Make

The first mistake people make in Facebook is by adding everyone as a friend and then finding themselves being overwhelmed with a bunch of information about people they really do not care about.

Joining Facebook Groups and Having No Friends

If you really want to remain off-the-grid as much as possible, sign up for Facebook, ignore all friend requests, and only join the groups you wish to join; by doing this, you will limit your newsfeed to only posts that are made within groups.

Joining Facebook Groups and Only Having Family as Friends

Better yet: only join Facebook Groups and let your family be your only friends.