Facebook Groups Get Changes To New Member Notifications

February 24, 2012 · 12 comments

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Oh Where, Oh Where…
Have My New Group Members Gone?

Recently, Facebook brought timeline covers to groups which did good things for improving branding.

One subtle change that I didn’t catch at first was a small (but important) change to the way notifications of new members in the group are handled.

Originally, once a new member was added (and approved), a notification automatically appeared on the group wall for all members to see:

This was handy in small groups or established older groups but in rapidly growing groups it may have posed an issue of stream clutter.

Now, no automatic line entry is added to the wall/stream but the notification of recent count displays in the left hand sidebar:


This popup makes it easy to see who has been added in the last week and to start a discussion with them (which will THEN display on the group wall/stream). 

The downside here is that it is very possible to overlook checking this and quickly add someone and forget to start the discussion. Now, unless your co-leads in the group happen to catch it, there is no extraneous wall entry for the community to see.

Also, people added more than a week ago are not accessible from this popup (and clicking “See All” takes you to your full member listing with no little comment boxes). 

I’m not particularly sure this is an improvement although it DOES make it easy to quickly ensure you haven’t missed saying hi to any new people in the last week! 

What do you think about this new change? 

Be sure you drop in on groups you’re a member of (particularly if you’re part of one of mine!) and say hi to the new members!

~ Kim ~
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Hans Schoff
Hans Schoff

Hey Kim, I appreciate your reviews of changes in the internet marketing arena like this one where you discuss the important aspects of a change and how it has or may affect you. Very useful and saves a lot of time not having to click around and figure it out for myself. Thanks again.

Clifton Hatfield
Clifton Hatfield

Pros and Cons. It's easier to track new members but I don't like that I can't tab from within the welcome comment. :(

Martin Casper
Martin Casper

Kim...isn't it interesting how Facebook frequently makes changes. some good...some bad and often times I think it is because they are bored. I had not realized the notification change so I am glad to read this post. I liked it before, but I also like what is on the sidebar now, so I am ambivalent to the change. Thanks for sharing this detail that is easy to overlook.

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