Facebook’s secret groups – do they exist?
Sorry for the confusion but I couldn’t resist when I came up with this title for the post you’re about to read (or not). On Facebook, there are 3 types of groups: public, closed and secret. Therefore the answer to the initial question is “yes.” But hey, since you’re here, he invites you to read the rest because you still find it useful and everything …;)
Operation and basic configuration of a secret Facebook group
I am not too much of Facebook but I must admit that I am seeing more and more utility. We became friends since I discovered the magic of your ads. The last thing I discovered is their secret groups. I was looking for a platform to organize exchanges between people and the option provided by Facebook is perfect for what I need.
Only members can read, write and participate.
The group is hidden for non-members.
Messages can be exchanged privately between members.
Group moderation features such as deleting messages and deleting members.
Some will say that these are functionalities that are fulfilled by any software for forums. Correct, but one thing must be taken into account. I do not have the technical knowledge or desire to acquire them. Also, my time is limited. I created the secret group in a matter of a few minutes. This included:
Upload a group photo.
Description of the netiquette.
Create an email and a group page on Facebook.
Invite the first members.
Post 2 tips to facilitate exchange between members.
What has created me the most time has been the creation of the photo and that task has fortunately been able to outsource it? Now I have pending to invite the rest of the group participants.
Is it better a secret Facebook group or its own platform?
A secret group theoretically does the opposite of what one looks for on Facebook (at least if you have a business or a website): have visibility and make yourself known. A secret group will never appear in the results of the internal search engine. The only downside that I put is that there is no possibility that any member can invite other people.
The “secret” group of Ranking Bull Private (now a little less secret but try to find it on Facebook hehe)
The “secret” group of Ranking Bull Private (now a little less secret but try to find it on Facebook… hahaha)
The control filter that can be enabled in this case is that they have to be approved by the group administrator. This already leads us to situations that may make sense to use a secret Facebook group:
Need for total control over who can access the contents
If you want to have maximum control over who has access to content in a group, this option may be valid although it is not the perfect one. On your own platform, you do not run the risk of enabling access for someone who has been invited by one of the members.
A closed platform for paid members
The group’s option is not integrated with a payment solution. This option is the same but I have not found it. For a limited group, it makes more sense to make use of secret groups because creating a “membership site” platform such as Quondos would be going too far.
Exclusive and limited product
Already the same term tells you that it is an exclusive area. A “secret” group by definition is not too well known and they have less access to it. Therefore members take advantage of a certain privilege. It is something that can also be achieved with its own platform but it should be decorated more because it does not come in a built-in way as is the case in the secret groups of Facebook.