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Facebook, at its core, is a social network. It’s not just a place to interact with the people you know, but also to connect with people who you might have a lot in common with. While “friends of friends” is one way to expand your social circle, joining a Group is the easiest way to find people with like-minded interests.

The only problem is that it’s a bit difficult to find these Facebook Groups. There is no simple directory of all Facebook Groups to browse through, so the best you can do is rely on recommendations of Groups to join 8 Facebook Groups You Should Join Or Create Today [Weekly Facebook Tips] 8 Facebook Groups You Should Join Or Create Today [Weekly Facebook Tips] What can you do with Facebook groups to make your life better? Here are some of the best ideas, so you know what to look for, what to create and why they'll be great. Read More or learn a few tips and tricks to discover new Groups.

Learn to Use Facebook Search

You see that big search bar at the top of your Facebook profile? Well, just key in the name of any topic you want to find a Group for. Once you see the results, click “Groups” in the tab filters across the top.

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The Facebook Search tool finds almost anything How to Search Facebook - and Find Just About Anything! How to Search Facebook - and Find Just About Anything! Facebook search is possibly the most powerful, under-used feature available to us all, but rarely will we use the function for more interesting searches. Try these. Read More you want, but you need to learn how to use it right. Much like Google has keywords and search tricks, you need to know the “filters” or “keywords” you can use on Facebook.

The good news is that Facebook Search uses natural language processing, which means you can talk to it like you normally would. For example, “Groups joined by my colleagues from MakeUseOf” will show me all the groups that the MUO staff have joined, while “Groups joined by my colleagues from my country” will show me groups that Saikat and Akshata have joined.

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So here are a few phrases you can use to search:

  • Groups joined by
  • Friends
  • Family
  • From my city
  • From my school
  • From my current workplace
  • Older than (number)
  • Younger than (number)
  • Who like X (where X can be almost anything you can think of)

Mix and match these to come up with different results. For example, if you are looking for a cult film-watcher’s group for mature discussions, you might want to search for “Groups joined by my friends over 40 who like Quentin Tarantino.” It’s all about your imagination!

Browse Facebook’s Recommendations

Whether you like it or not, Facebook knows a lot about you already Facebook Privacy: 25 Things The Social Network Knows About You Facebook Privacy: 25 Things The Social Network Knows About You Facebook knows a surprising amount about us – information we willingly volunteer. From that information you can be slotted into a demographic, your "likes" recorded and relationships monitored. Here are 25 things Facebook knows about... Read More ! While this lack of privacy can be troubling, it helps at times like when you want to find new Groups. Facebook uses all the information it has about you to recommend Groups that you should join.

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Go to Facebook.com/Groups and go through the immediate recommendations. This is Facebook’s new ‘Discover’ feature for Groups.

At the top of the page, you’ll see a marquee of different categories like Animals, Science and Tech, Neighborhood and Community, Arts, Travel, and so on. Click any category to find Group recommendations both international and local to you.

Get the Facebook Groups App

Android or iPhone users might also want to grab the dedicated Facebook Groups app. It’s one of those unheard-of Facebook apps Did You Realize There Were So Many Facebook Apps? Did You Realize There Were So Many Facebook Apps? There are several great mobile companion apps for Facebook available that can help you stay updated, send fun messages, and connect in different ways. Read More , but it’s quite nifty. Tap the Discover tab and it will show you a list of groups similar to the ones you have already joined.

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Facebook makes these recommendations based on Pages you’ve liked, groups your friends are members of, groups similar to the ones you’ve joined, or groups near you. It’s an easy list to scroll, see which friends have joined, and get a short description. Mark “Join” or “Not Interested” to dismiss a Group and bring on more recommendations.

Download: Facebook Groups for Android (Free) and for iPhone (Free)

Groups Joined by Friends with Similar Interests

You can find cool things with Facebook’s Graph Search 6 Cool Things You Can Find With Facebook's New Graph Search Features [Weekly Facebook Tips] 6 Cool Things You Can Find With Facebook's New Graph Search Features [Weekly Facebook Tips] Facebook has just given its graph search another boost, and those who have been upgraded are now able to search post history as well as photo history. What is it good for? Read More , such as books liked by friends who liked Star Wars. So use that to narrow down the friends who have similar interests to yours. Search for “Friends who like pages I like” and you’ll get a list of friends who share your interests.

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Now just expand this list and visit the profile of any of these friends. Click More > Groups and you’ll see all the Groups that person has joined. If anything catches your eye, join it. Plus, you can reach out to this friend through Facebook Messenger 7 Best Facebook Messenger Apps for Desktop and Mobile 7 Best Facebook Messenger Apps for Desktop and Mobile Like Facebook Messenger, but want more flexibility? Don't worry, third party developers have your back. Here are the best Facebook Messenger apps you can get, apart from the official one. Read More to make sure it’s a Group you’ll enjoy being a part of.

Join Local Sale Groups to Buy/Sell/Trade

When you’re buying, selling, or trading items on sites like Craigslist 5 Other Sites Like Craiglist To Buy & Sell Used Stuff 5 Other Sites Like Craiglist To Buy & Sell Used Stuff Craiglist is an interesting part of the Internet's legacy. Founded over 15 years ago, the site has steadfastly refused to change its minimalist design and easy-to-use posting system. Though perhaps no longer as popular as... Read More , it helps to do it with someone locally. Not only do you save on shipping costs, but you get to inspect the item thoroughly before the transaction.

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Well, just head over to Facebook Sale Groups to find plenty of communities which are looking to barter or buy stuff. There’s a handy map that you can zoom in or out to search in that area, along with suggested sale groups for different types of items. And if you’re looking for a buyer, we have a few tips to sell stuff on Facebook Selling Stuff On Facebook: Everything You Need To Know Selling Stuff On Facebook: Everything You Need To Know With Facebook, we can take to the Internet, raise our For Sale signs high, and proclaim "Yes! I do want your money for this toaster with an unpredictable short in the cord!" Before you decide... Read More .

Recommend a Great Facebook Group!

Are you part of an active Facebook group with a lot of members? We’d love to hear new recommendations, so drop a line in the comments by filling out the following:

  • Name of Group:
  • Description:
  • Current Members:
  • Daily Active Members:
  • Link:

Don’t be shy! Tell us about your favorite group now!

  1. scott bricker
    September 21, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Wait.. that map above.... How do I find it? Is that on facebook? I want to find it where it has the map and shows the groups and # of members in each group? Can you tell me how to find it? or better yet.. post a link to it? Thank you!

  2. Hans
    August 5, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you for this. It's much better than Facebook's attempt at the same explanation. Very easy to understand, clearly written, concise and coherent. It certainly helped me through FB's clutter. Thanks.
    Hans

  3. Felix Albutra
    July 5, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Thank you for sharing this Mihir.

    I will also share mine. In my case, I will find someone to follow. They can be your influences or competitors and spy/trace what groups they've joined that you might be also be beneficial. To do this, you can follow the URL format below.

    >> https://www.facebook.com/USERNAME/groups

  4. Swaminathan Venkatesh
    June 6, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Name of Group: LOST- Disproving the "unanswered" questions MYTH.
    Description: A group for fans of the Best ever (Very biased) TV Show, Lost
    Current Members: 3076
    Daily Active Members:
    Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DisprovingTHElostMYTH

    • Mihir Patkar
      June 30, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Thanks for sharing, Swaminathan :)

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