Larry BraunerIn October 2010, I wrote New Facebook Groups Wreak Havoc. The “new” Facebook groups were brand new, and they were ruffling quite a few feathers. People added their friends en masse causing them to receive unwanted notification emails. You can imagine the chaos.

Facebook Tones Down Group Notifications

FacebookFortunately, Facebook replaced email notifications by onsite notifications as the default, and that greatly decreased the sting of being added to a group without having to opt-in.

Over time, Facebook members came to expect that they would be added involuntarily to groups and adjusted accordingly.

Facebook Onsite Notification


I belong to scores of groups, and most of them I’ve been added to without my request. If I don’t like a group, I leave it. Sometimes, I adjust my group notification settings  based both on my interest level and the quantity of posts and comments.

Helping Your Favorite Facebook Groups Thrive

The success of a Facebook group depends upon adding new members, just as much as it depends upon member engagement and the quality of posts and content.

Add Facebook Friends to Group


If you like a Facebook group, participate, contribute relevant posts and comments, and add friends to that group whom you think might be interested. Let each person choose whether to leave or to remain in the group.

My Favorite Facebook Groups

Two of my favorite Facebook groups are:

  1. Watch Enthusiasts - Discuss watches and share information about your favorite models, brands and events with fellow members. Good group for learning and seeing what’s out there. (Sponsored by high-end watchmaker, watch distributor and online publisher, Gevril Group.)
  2. Larry Brauner - Is any explanation required? ;-)

What Are Your Favorite Facebook Groups?

Respond in a comment with a link to your favorite Facebook group and a description of the group.  Also, please don’t forget to subscribe to Online Social Networking and to “like” me on Facebook.

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6 Responses to “Facebook Groups Revisited”

  1. Ann on May 1st, 2012 4:55 pm

    My favorite group is the Blogging Mastermind Comment Tribe. Thank you for asking.

  2. Derpina on May 2nd, 2012 5:06 am

    Loved the way you came back to Facebook. I hope you keep sharing your experiences with us!

  3. ErIc Billoud on May 3rd, 2012 5:12 am

    Like you Larry I was very surprised at how Facebook willingly allowing groups to send unsolicited emails, when they pride themselves of fostering only authorized interaction, the clamps were bound to come down at some stage and so they did…

  4. Mark_Vj on May 15th, 2012 11:30 pm

    I agree with Larry. It is shocking that facebook is allowing people to send unsolicited emails. This is not a good sign of a good social networking website.

  5. Maggie on August 2nd, 2012 8:09 am

    It’s a good thing that Facebook has addressed this issue of unsolicited emails. It’s annoying to receive many unsolicited emails.

  6. Rene on August 12th, 2013 2:06 pm

    i like Facebook so much. It has help me to communicate with my loved ones abroad.

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