4 tips to managing Facebook groups

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Facebook. Like it or not, it’s probably here to stay, at least for a while. The world of Facebook has brought families together and torn them apart. It’s given rise to an industry and created yet another business marketing strategy. Facebook groups can be sources of support for those dealing with debilitating health issues, as well as industry-specific sources of advice and referrals.

Other groups, created for selling used items, can be great for bargain hunting. These types of groups can also be a hotbed of drama. Far too many people wish to find inexpensive items (sometimes giving fake sob stories to receive things for free) in order to post those items minutes later into a different group with a large price tag attached. I understand the concept of ‘buy low, sell high’. Scamming people by pulling at their heart strings, however, is disgusting.

If you happen to be an admin of a Facebook group, and wish to minimize the chance of scam artists joining your group,  please consider these recommendations:

  • Ensure your group is ‘closed’. This gives you control over the membership.
  • Before you accept someone into your group, scope out their profile. If they haven’t had a Facebook page for more than a few months, I would hesitate to accept them into your group.
  • Ask existing group members if they recognize the name of the person requesting to join.
  • Send a private message to the person requesting access to your group. Explain the group’s guidelines and request that the guidelines be followed before the person is granted access.

Your time is valuable. You don’t want to be constantly monitoring your group, watching for unwanted posts or reading messages from existing group members who want you to deal with those posts. Ensuring scam artists stay out of the group to begin with will save you future issues.

 

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