“Can I turn my Facebook Page into a Closed Group?”
This is the number one question we get through the Social Media AOK website messenger window every single week:
And I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news…..
You can’t turn a Facebook Page into a Closed / Private / Secret Group.
What you can do though, is create a Closed Group that is linked to your Page, and invite your Followers to join that Group.
How do I create a Closed Facebook Group for my Facebook Page?
If you’re the Admin on your Facebook Page, all you need to do is:
- Navigate to your Facebook Page
- In the left column, underneath your profile picture, select GROUPS. If this isn’t visible, you might need to manage your Page’s tabs and sections, and then go back to your Page to find the Groups tab.
- Click Create Group.
Voila! Group created. But how do we make it closed/secret/private?
Making sure your Facebook Group is Closed
There are two clear options when it comes to the privacy of your Facebook Group: Public or Private.
For the most part, we get asked about the Private option which is a Group where only members can see who is in the Group, and what they post.
However, there are two types of Private Facebook Group: Visible and Hidden.
Visible Groups are those that can be found by anyone on Facebook, and those people can then request to join.
Hidden Groups are those that can only be found by members.
How do I get my Followers into my Closed Facebook Group?
You can certainly do organic posts on your Facebook Page inviting people to join the Group, you could email your database (if you have one) and invite them the join the Group.
If you have a verified page, you can also upload a CSV file to invite your Page fans.
You can also individually invite your Followers:
- Go into your Group
- On the right-hand side under ‘People who like [your Page name], click Invite
And there you go, it’s as simple as that!
Are you still wondering whether your business or brand needs a Facebook Group or not? Check out our blog: Does your company’s Facebook Page need a Closed Facebook Group?
Facebook is one of the most useful social networking platforms for a company. With a whopping 93% of marketers using social media for business advertising, you can’t go wrong! The first step to marketing your company is creating a Facebook Page. Once you have that sorted the second is to take the next step further and create a Closed Facebook Group. Now for those who may not know what a Closed Facebook Group is, you’re about to find out!
What is a Closed Facebook Group?
A Closed Facebook Group is a feature located at the left menu of your Facebook Home Page. It is a feature that allows anyone to create a private or public group for business or personal purposes. A Closed Facebook Group is made visible for the public to see and allows anyone to request to be accepted into the group, however the posts cannot be seen to the public, only the members of the closed group are able to view them. A closed group is one of the most reliable ways of communication used to interact and promote a business. If you’re also in the process of establishing a business, this would be the perfect baby step to begin promoting your brand on Facebook.
How to Setup a Closed Group From your Page
Setting up a closed Facebook Group for your company’s Facebook Page is as simple as the following steps:
- Login to Facebook
- Click the “Groups” tab on the left menu of the Home Page
- Select the green button “Create Group” at the top right corner
- Type a name for your Group in the text-box
- Type the names of your friends to be added to the group
- Select “Closed Group” under the privacy drop-down
- Click the “Create” button to finalise creating your private group
You can also go back to your company’s Facebook Page and post a link to the closed group which will allow new people to access and request membership. Another option is to link your closed Facebook Group to your company’s Facebook Page.
How to Link your Company’s Facebook Page to your Group
- Go to your company’s Facebook page
- If you do not have a “Groups” tab in the left column you will need to create one (Keep in mind only an admin or editor can add or delete tabs)
- Click “Settings”
- Click “Edit Page” in the left column
- Scroll to the bottom and click “Add a Tab”
- Click “Add Tab”
- Click “Close”
- Go back to your company’s Facebook Page
- Click the “Groups” tab in the left column
- Click “Link your group”
- Click “Link” next to your company’s group you want to link to
5 Top Benefits of having a Facebook Group
Having a Closed Facebook Group can be very beneficial to any business. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should have a closed Facebook Group for your company:
- It provides efficient communication between the business and clients.
- It will build trust which will be valued in the long run with clients.
- It is a community based group alongside your Company’s Facebook Page.
- It will create personal engagement with clients.
- It will provide visibility on your news feed for other users to request to join the group.
How Might you use a Group Page for your Business?
- Child Care Centre
For a child care centre a closed group would be useful to maintain regular contact and to notify the parents of the children if there were any concerns. Photos of children could also be privately shared with the group so there will be no issue with consent of photos being publicly posted.
- Group Exercise Instructor
A Closed Group could come in good use for a exercise instructor who teaches group classes such as Pilates or boxing. It can be the easiest form of communication between the clients to post workouts of the day, class times and to ensure who was attending.
- A Winery
Consumers and other business’ who would be interested in purchasing wine could easily be contacted through a Closed Facebook Group as it is a small community. You could also offer a wine special with a unique code. Another option would be to create the opportunity for clients to book an event for a wine tour.
If your business or organisation would like further information please feel free to give Social Media AOK a call, we’d love to help!
Don’t like how your Facebook Group is doing? You can leave it, but the group will still be there. If you want to hide the Facebook Group from new members, or if you want to delete it, follow our guide.
How to Archive a Facebook Group
When you archive a Facebook Group, you won’t be able to create posts or like or add comments. You won’t be able to add more members, but existing members will be able to view the group. You can restore the group to its former glory at any time.
You can archive a Facebook group from the group’s page from either the Facebook website or the Facebook app on iPhone or Android.
We’ll be using the new Facebook Desktop interface to guide you through the process. (Here’s how to get the new Facebook interface.)
First, open the Facebook website in your browser of choice, and navigate to the Facebook Group you want to archive or delete. Click the “Menu” button from the top toolbar, and select the “Archive” option.
From the pop-up, click the “Confirm” button.
Your group will be archived.
You can go back to the group at any time and click the “Unarchive Group” button to resume group activities.
The process is slightly different on the iPhone or Android app. Open the group and select the “Tools” icon from the top-right corner.
Now, select the “Group Settings” option.
Here, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and tap the “Archive” button.
From the next screen, select a reason for archiving, and tap the “Continue” button.
Here, tap the “Archive” button. Your group will be archived.
You can come back to the group at any time and tap the “Unarchive” button to resume activity.
How to Delete a Facebook Group
The process of deleting a Facebook Group is not as transparent, though. You first have to remove all members and then leave the Facebook Group yourself to actually delete it.
Only the group’s creator (who is the same as the admin) can delete the group. If the creator is no longer part of the group, then any admin can delete the group.
On the Facebook website, open the Facebook Group that you want to delete. Click the “Members” button on the top toolbar.
You’ll now see a list of all the members. Click the “Menu” button next to a member, and choose the “Remove Member” option.
From the pop-up, click the “Confirm” button.
Now repeat the process for all the members in your group. When you’re the only one who’s left (you have to be the creator and admin of the group), click the “Menu” button from the top toolbar, and select the “Leave Group” option.
Facebook will ask you if you’re sure you want to leave and delete the group. Click the “Leave Group” button to confirm. Your group will now be deleted.
To delete a Facebook group on the Facebook app on your iPhone or Android smartphone, navigate to the Facebook Group, and tap the “Tools” icon from the top-right corner.
Here, tap the “Members” button.
Now, select a member’s name, and from the options, select the “Remove (Member) From Group” option.
From the pop-up, tap the “Confirm” button.
Repeat this process for all members until you’re’ the only person who’s left in the group.
Again, tap the “Tools” button from the top-right corner, and from the “Admin Tools” menu, tap the “Leave Group” option.
Tap the “Leave and Delete” button to delete the group once and for all.
Facebook Groups are great to build communities, connect people and make exchanges. To grow your groups and get more members, it is important to make sure that people can find your groups on Facebook. Here are 4 tips to make your groups searchable.
The first thing you need to do is to set the right privacy setting. There are 3 types: public, closed and secret.
If you set your groups as secret groups, your groups cannot get found.
To let people find your groups, you should set them as public or closed groups. If your groups are public groups, people can find them when they search groups. They can also find your groups when they search some key words and see your group posts. While if your groups are closed groups, people can find your groups when they search groups, but they cannot see your group posts when they do key words research.
The way you name and describe your group affects how it comes up in people’s Facebook search results.
Make sure your group name and description contain keywords that people may use to find it.
For group name, you can use your brand name, product/service name or the common interest. You can include the location if it is a local community. For example, for a Pokémon Go player group, you can name it as “Pokémon Go Ohio USA”.
In group description, you need to tell people more about your group: what your group is about, what are the objectives or purposes, what members can or cannot do … For example, in the group “Pokémon Go Ohio USA”, you can tell people it is a group for all the Pokémon Go players who live or travel in Ohio to share stories, experience and tips.
Tags are short key words that describe your group. With tags, you groups will be listed in the related topic in “Groups Discover“. When people view the list, they can find your groups.
As for your group name, you can add key words of your activities or industries, common interests or your location as tags. You can also view “Groups Discover” to get inspired and find popular tags for your groups. For each group, you can add up to 5 tags and you can change them anytime you want.
For “Pokémon Go” Group, you can add tags as “Pokemon”, “PokemonGo” “PokemonPlayer”, “Game”, “GameLover”… You can also use your geographic location as tags as “Ohio”, “USA”… By adding these tags, when people view the groups list of “Pokemon” or “Ohio”, they can see your group.
A hashtag is a type of label used on Facebook, which makes it easier for users to find messages with a specific theme or content. Users create hashtags by placing “#” in front of a word or unspaced phrase (ex. #pokemon, #PokemonGoUSA). When users search for that hashtag, they will see each messages with that hashtag.
If your groups are public, don’t foget to add hashtags and encourage members to add hashtags in group posts. So when others search for the hashtags you group posts include, they will see your group posts and find your group.
To see how to recruit new members, you can read “9 Ways to Grow Your Facebook Groups“.
To see how to change privacy setting, you can read “How to Change Facebook Groups Privacy Settings“.
There seems to be a common misconception that you can’t share a great article that you come across in a closed Facebook group. That’s not true, and we’ll explain.
First, it’s important to understand what a “closed” Facebook group is and what it’s intended for. Closed groups are simply groups that require you to be a member in order to see content from the group. They provide a modicum of privacy to their members who often share personal details about themselves and their families. Only fellow members will see their posts which are otherwise shielded from “outside” readers, search engines, and the like.
There are many closed groups dedicated to food allergy that provide excellent forums for individuals to seek and offer advice. Some groups focus on specific allergens – like peanuts, tree nuts, sesame or soy – while others are broader in scope, addressing the additional concerns of coeliac disease, asthma, eczema, EoE, alpha-gal, etc. You can find these forums by entering keywords into the Facebook search bar and clicking the “Groups” result option.
Posts in closed groups exclude the “share” option to prevent you from sharing another member’s private information which is never appropriate to do. That said, You can share external (public) content – such as might be cross-posted from a blog or a news bureau – despite the lack of a share option.
To do so, simply click on the post to view the article at the source. Often, the article itself will provide buttons that make it easy to share on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and other popular sites. If not, your Facebook app provides a share button that allows you to share the content. As a last resort, you can simply copy the article’s URL (link) and paste it into a subsequent post or e-mail. Voila!
Please note that it is never appropriate to share a member’s private post. Always respect the privacy of your fellow group members and insist they do likewise.
Oh hello, not-so-surprise birthday party.
Published Mar 19, 2014 Updated Mar 2, 2020, 7:36 am CST
There’s nothing more depressing than seeing a Facebook group on your News Feed for a party that you weren’t invited to (not that that ever happens to me—I’m invited to every party).
How can you tell if a group you just created can be seen by its 15 members or the entire Facebook community? It comes down to the difference between open, closed, and secret groups. Here’s how to tell the difference to keep your best friend’s surprise party from being broadcasted onto her News Feed.
An open Facebook group can be seen by anyone, and anyone who sees it can request to add himself. Open groups show up in users’ News Feeds and are totally out in the—you guessed it—open.
Closed and secret Facebook groups seem like they should be fairly similar. The difference is that closed groups can be seen by the public, while secret groups can’t. If you create a closed group, the name of it, its members, and its description can be seen by the public—basically everything but the posts in the group. This could be handy for a group that wants to create the illusion of exclusivity but isn’t really that important.
A secret Facebook group is the most secure of the three types. The only people who can see the group and its members are the people added to the group. To the public, secret groups are invisible, so this is the kind you should use for your “Shh! It’s a surprise!” group.
There is a setting available for all three groups that dictates who can add people to the group. By default, group members are free to add other people to groups, even in secret groups. This can be changed to allow the group admin to approve members to the group, making it a super secret group.
Group privacy is hard to figure out but easy to change. It’s surprising to learn that a closed group is almost completely open to the rest of the Facebook world, so knowing the difference could help save you from future Facebook awkwardness and secondhand embarrassment.
Closed and secret groups are being renamed to private visible and hidden groups
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Facebook announced today that it’s updating its group privacy settings and working to better moderate bad content breaking the platform’s rules. The platform is renaming its confusing public, closed, and secret group settings to the slightly more straightforward public and private settings, with the option to make private groups visible or hidden to non-members. The change is part of an ongoing effort to improve group safety, through features like giving admins more moderation tools and members the option to see the group’s history and preview its content before accepting or declining an invitation.
The new group settings are also part of the Safe Communities Initiative that the company started two years ago, in an effort to monitor and detect bad content in Facebook groups. The announcement comes in the wake of recent findings that secret Facebook groups have been acting as gathering places for racist, offensive activity — one example coming from earlier last month, when ProPublica found a group of Border Patrol agents joking about migrant deaths.
The name change itself isn’t likely to stop any bad behavior, as secret groups will still be around. Closed groups, which only let current members view group content and see who else is in the group, will now be labeled as private but visible groups. Secret groups, which are hidden from search, but still require an invitation to join, will be changed to a private and hidden group.
Facebook says it uses AI and machine learning to “proactively detect bad content before anyone reports it, and sometimes before people even see it.” The flagged content then gets reviewed by humans to see if it violates Facebook’s Community Standards, but clearly, the system is flawed if offensive groups are still flying under the radar.
In April, Facebook updated its policies to hold admins to higher standards, committing to penalize the overall group if moderators approve posts that break the platform’s rules. To make sure admins will be held responsible for their groups’ behavior, they’ll have access to a tool called Group Quality, which gives them an overview of content that violates Community Standards. Admins will also have an option to share what rules were broken when they decline pending posts, remove comments, or mute members.
Use privacy features to keep your family’s info in the family
by Steve Morgenstern, April 14, 2011 | Comments: 0
- Control who has access to your family page
- Contact everyone in the group at once
- Understand the privacy features and make them work for you
Everybody loves Facebook for staying in touch, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily want to share family-related material with your friends and business colleagues. The solution: create a private Facebook group just for family members. You control access, you can allow whomever you like to share messages and photos with the group, and, of course, it’s free.
Building a Facebook group page is a great way for family members to stay in touch.
For starters, you’ll need a personal Facebook account (the odds are good that you already have one — more than half of 50-plus Internet users enjoy social networking today). Be sure you understand the privacy settings used to limit who sees what you post online. You’ll find these controls in the drop-down Account menu at the top far right of the page, under Privacy Settings; your options are explained in detail here.
A Facebook group page isn’t that different from your personal page. Members of the group can post messages, photos and video; leave comments; create events, “like” posts that appeal to them; and have live chat sessions with each participant typing messages back and forth. But there are some interesting added capabilities, too. For example, instead of sending messages one at a time to group members, you can contact everyone at once with the click of a button.
Another intriguing option is creating group documents, which everyone can work on together. Wish you had all the family recipes in one place? Create a group document and invite everyone to kick in their favorites.
You don’t have to look far to find the “Create Group” option. There should be a clickable link in the right-hand column on your Home page (you may have to click “More” if you’ve already joined several groups). If you still don’t see the link, just go to Facebook.com/groups.
Click “Create Group” and a box pops up asking you to name the group, choose an icon, add members and set the group’s overall privacy level. Let’s take a moment to explore each of these tasks. And remember, you can change any of these choices after the group is created.
The icon is a little picture that shows up next to the group name in listings. There are lots of choices in a drop-down menu.
When choosing a name, you’re allowed to duplicate one that’s already in use, but you might want to come up with something distinctive if you want family members to find it by searching. Pity poor John Smith scrolling through page after page of Smith Family groups!
In the Members section, you can add any Facebook friend to the new group. They don’t have to confirm anything (it’s easy to drop out if they don’t want to participate). When you start typing, a list of existing Facebook friends’ names matching what you’ve entered so far appears, so you don’t have to worry about misspellings. And, of course, you can always add more members later on.
The Privacy setting here controls the group’s online visibility. If you want the group to show up in Facebook searches and be completely visible to anyone, including the member list and anything that’s been posted, choose “Open” here. For more privacy, choose “Closed”: Facebook members will be able to find the group, see the members list and ask to join, but they won’t see the postings. To fly completely under the radar, choose “Private.” That way, the group won’t show up in a Facebook search and nobody but members will be able to see it — the group name won’t even show up in your profile.
Now just click “Create” and — voilà — your family has an online home!
As the creator of the group, you’re automatically considered a group administrator, which means you can change settings, approve new members and remove members who make nasty comments about you at a family wedding. You can share these privileges with other members by making them administrators, too. Just click “See all” next to the Members List on the group home page and you’ll see the “Make Admin” option under each name. You’ll also see a little “x” next to each name. Click one of these to remove a member from the group.
If you look to the left of the group name at the top of the page, you’ll see a drawing of two heads in a box — boring! Click on it, though, and things get more interesting. Now you can upload a family photo or even crowd around the webcam (if you have one) and take a picture then and there. Now that photo will be the face of the group, much like the Profile Picture in your personal Facebook account.
Another feature worth setting up is a group email address (you’ll find this option under “Edit Group”). You create the first part of the address (say “AARPMember” as an example) and Facebook adds “@groups.facebook.com.” Now, whenever anyone sends an email to [email protected], the message will appear automatically in every group member’s News Feed.
That takes care of the basics: If you need additional information, Facebook has a comprehensive help section for group features here.
And, of course, now that you have the family site under your belt, it’s time to think about additional opportunities for quick-and-easy group sharing. Do you play on a sports team, or belong to a club or congregation? Are there a group of friends at work who’d like to share private messages during off-hours? Facebook lets each member join up to 300 groups, so the only effective limitation is your imagination.