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Facebook rolls out new tools for group admins, plus badges and profiles for members

Facebook rolls out new tools for group admins, plus badges and profiles for members
From TechCrunch - October 26, 2017

Facebook today introduced a good handful of new features for groups on Facebook, with a focus on helping admins better manage and grow their online communities, and helping members better connect with one another. The additions, inspired by user feedback, include support for welcome posts, badges, member profiles, and other admin-level controls.

The company met this June with hundreds of Facebook group admins at its first-everFacebook Communities Summitin Chicago. This allowed Facebook staff to hear directly from those who run online groups what sort of tools they need.

One common activity that admins do is to welcome new members to their Facebook group. But until today, this has been done manually by writing a post then locating each new member and tagging them one-by-one in that post. A new welcome posts feature, however, lets admins write a welcome post that automatically tags new members, speeding up the process.

Two other new features are focused on helping members better get to know one another, as well as their admin team and other group leaders. With the new badges, members will now be able to easily spot group admins, moderators and members who only recently joined the group.

Meanwhile, member can also now view group-specific profiles about others when they click on their name. This gives you a brief intro to the person using publicly available information, like how long theyve been a member of the group, whether you have mutual friends, or if theyre attending any of the same events as you.

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