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Difference Between Groups and Networks at Facebook

I am still playing around with Facebook (the link opens up in a new window) and I am having a great time doing it. So much is happening within this social network and I just cant manage to keep track of everything. It seems like new applications are launching every single day.

One thing that I have been thinking about is what is the difference between groups and networks at Facebook? My friends at Facebook are inviting me to all sorts of groups all the time, it seems like I am getting a new invitation every single day. From what I understand, all members at Facebook can create their own group.

…and from the help pages at Facebook I found that:

You can join any open group on your networks. Also, you can join any “global” group that is open. These groups can be found using the Search page. Just type in a keyword for the group you want to find and specify that you are looking for “Groups.” Alternatively, you can browse by category from the Groups page. When you find the group you are looking for, click on the “join group” link on the right side of the screen.

Some groups require administrative approval for you to join. If you try to join these groups, you will have to wait for an admin to let you in.

Finally, there are some groups on Facebook that are invitation only. You cannot request to join these. Only an invitation from a group admin will give you access.

This means that I can create “whatever” group I want, and I can join any open group on my networks and I can join any global group that is open. I just read that I can join no more than 200 groups, but that will probably be more than enough for me. But what about networks?

According to Facebook:

Facebook is made up of many networks, each based around a school, workplace, or region. After you register for Facebook, you can add any networks with which you can prove an affiliation from the “Networks” tab of the Account page.

And I just read that I can be a member of no more than five networks at a time.

According to this, networks is the top of the hierarchy and is made up of social networks from schools, work or regions. Inside this, you can have many groups or you can have groups across this (I think). For instance, I can be a member of a network called “Norway”, because I live in Norway. I can be a member of a network from my high school. Inside the “Norway” network a person can create a group for people who love “WordPress” in Norway or in general. This is a group because the activity is not related to a school a workplace or a region.

Not sure if I understand this 100% just yet, but I am getting there 🙂



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