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Facebook: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer

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Creating a Group

If you scan through all the groups on Facebook and can't find one that fits your needs, no problem—just start your own.

Note

You can create almost any group that you can dream up. In its terms of use fine print, Facebook reserves the right to pull the plug on hate groups and other unsavories—and it has. If you come across a candidate for plug-pulling, you can send a heads-up to Facebook's customer service team by scrolling down to the bottom of the group's profile page and clicking Report Group.

To start your own group:

  1. From the Applications menu, choose Groups.

  2. On the right-hand side of the Groups page, click "Create a New Group".

    Figure 6-8. 

  3. On the "Step 1: Group Info" tab, fill in the text fields. You have to fill out some fields—like Group Name, Network (the network whose members you want to join your group), and Group Type (such as business or sports)—while others are optional. More is better: Details make it easier for prospective members to understand the purpose of the group, and make it more likely that you'll attract the kind of people you're looking for.

    Figure 6-9. 

  4. If you want an egalitarian group that anyone can join, leave the "This group is open" radio button turned on; scroll to the bottom of the page and click Create Group. Otherwise, you'll want to turn ...

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