Breaking: Facebook Groups Continue To Suck
Facebook’s new Groups product has been live for about six months now. It sucked at the beginning, which was okay for a new product. But don’t you think they should’ve fixed it by now? To this day, it continues to suck on so many levels, and Facebook isn’t doing anything about it. I think it’s a terrible implementation of a good idea, and here’s why.
- Anyone can add you. I have unfriended people who constantly add me to their groups for whatever reason. If I want to join a group, I’ll join it. But I guess Facebook thought it would be a better idea to let other people decide what groups you want to join. Anyone can add you to a group, and you’re automatically part of the group, without any kind of approval process. The annoyingness of all the other problems listed below can be attributed to this one.
- Notifications are on my default. When you’re forced into becoming a member of a group, notifications are on by default. That means when someone joins the group, someone posts something on the group’s wall, or someone does anything else in the group, you get a notification AND an email. That is the most annoying thing ever.
- Privacy. We all know Facebook has some issues with privacy, but this is insane. When I’m added to a group, other members of the group have the ability to view my profile and information regardless of whether I’m friends with them. That is a big privacy breach and it needs to be fixed.
- Spammy group chat. This drives me crazy. Why does the person who added me to a group against my will think I want to participate in a conversation with them and 50 other people? If I close out of the group chat tab, it opens back up every time someone sends another message. It might work in a group of five people who are working on a project together, but beyond that, it’s just pure spam.
I think I’m gonna make a group called “Facebook Groups Suck” and add all my friends without their consent. Facebook groups has the potential to be a very good and useful product, but Facebook’s implementation really sucks, and they need to fix it.