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Breaking: Facebook Groups Continue To Suck

Breaking: Facebook Groups Continue To Suck

by Brad MerrillMarch 26, 2011

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.

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Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.