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 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.
The Facebook Search tool finds almost anything 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.
So here are a few phrases you can use to search:
- Groups joined by
- 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! 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.
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, 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.
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.
Groups Joined by Friends with Similar Interests
You can find cool things with Facebook’s Graph Search, 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.
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 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, 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.
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.
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:
- Current Members:
- Daily Active Members:
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