Facebook introduces new group organization sidebar, community channels

Facebook is introducing a new way for users to quickly access and organize their Facebook groups. Both admins and members will be able to use the new organization features which are now available in a new sidebar. This sidebar will quickly let users jump in and out of groups and stay updated.

This sidebar will list all groups a user is a part of, along with the latest activity in the group that the user has missed. The Channels sidebar will also let users pin certain groups to the top so you can keep an eye on them easily.

Meta introduces channels, which are “focused spaces for people to connect in smaller, more casual settings within their communities.” The new features include a sidebar to access your favorite Facebook groups more quickly. The sidebar will list your groups as well as the latest activity within them that you never see.

Within all your Facebook groups, a new menu will also be visible which will show elements like events and shops to make it easier to discover new and relevant topics.

Facebook Channels

The company has also launched new ‘channels’ within groups, which will allow users to discuss and converse on topics of common interest. Facebook calls these channels “focused spaces for people to connect in smaller, more casual settings within their communities.”

Group admins can now create smaller channels within a group enabling new features like a ‘Community Chat Channel’ where group members can communicate from within Messenger, or a ‘Community Audio Channel’ that will let members jump in and out of audio conversations in real-time.

A ‘Community Feed Channel’ is also a way for members to connect when it is most convenient for them. Admins can organize their communities around topics within the group for members to connect around more specific interests.

How does it organize the groups?

In the new sidebar, you’ll be able to easily see a menu. This will takes you to links for events, shops, chats, or other channels within the group.

Within their groups, admins can create individual channels to allow smaller, more casual interactions. This is meant to drive deeper discussions and organize the group around sub-topics of interests and demographics.

New group features

Community chat. Message and collaborate with other group members in private, smaller channels based on a sub-topic or interest.

Community audio. This allows admins and members to hold audio conversations in real-time.

Community feed. Just like with a normal Facebook feed, the community feeds allow you to browse activity within your selected channel.

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