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

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Creating Your Own Events

Whether you want to host a product launch party, start a study group at the local coffee shop, or have a community meeting, it's easy to set up your own events on Facebook.

Tip

If an event is closely tied to a Facebook group you created or that you've been made administrator of—say you want to set up a monthly face-to-face meeting of your book club, for example—you'll want to head to your group's profile page (Browsing for Groups), click Create Related Event, and then follow steps 2–6 below. Doing so tells Facebook that your group is hosting the event and lets you invite all the group's members in one fell swoop by clicking the Invite Members button that appears on the "Step 3: Guest List" tab (see step 7).

Here's what you do:

  1. From the Applications menu, choose Events.

  2. On the Events page that appears, click "Create an Event".

  3. On the "Step 1: Event Info" tab, fill out as many of the fields as possible. Some fields—like the event's name, the network you want to associate it with, and the time and location—are required, but you should fill in as many of the fields as you can. Doing so makes events easier for people to find, because they can search on every word you add. It also encourages people to RSVP, since the more people know about an event (and the better you make it sound, of course), the more likely they are to attend.

    Figure 7-7. 

    Tip

    If you fill in the Street ...

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