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The latest update unveiled by Facebook allows Facebook Group members to see who has visited the Group page and seen the latest post or status update. Each member can now see the name and exact time that a post has been viewed by another member.

Facebook kept the update rather low key as its blog post was very concise and to the point, stating “Starting today when you visit a group, you can view who’s seen each post. This way you can stay updated on the group’s activity”.

From the screenshot below we can make out that the number of people is mentioned alongside the post, and clicking it reveals the name and time they saw the message.

Facebook Groups are the ‘exclusive clubs’ members create – it can be based on shared interests, about family members bonding together, or even a business group. Sometimes they are the centers of hectic social chatter and when nurtured, can be a great place to share information with a small network of people. The new feature is a feedback mechanism noting that the important message has reached the eyes of the intended recipients (and who have missed out). It follows in the wake of another tiny change you might have seen on Facebook Chat – a notification that says ‘Seen’ when you send a chat message and it is read by the person at the other end.

The feature was rolled out last Wednesday, and it may be sometime before it comes to your Group account. Do you think this makes managing Facebook Groups a bit easier? Do you think it’s an invasion of your privacy?

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  1. Jody Page
    November 1, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Thanks for the update. We've never used FB groups, but my company is thinking about it. One question I hope you can help me with. Do all group members receive updates in their respective newsfeeds or is distribution parceled out like the edge rank formula so only a small percentage of members would actually get a notification or update in newsfeed without paying to promote it to all members?


    • Saikat Basu
      November 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Jody,
      As far as I can tell so far, all group members receive updates. Their is not other algorithm involved.

  2. Ruman Chowdhury
    October 23, 2012 at 7:08 am

    At present our group does not show anything like ''seen by''. Could someone please tell me how can we bring that option.

    • Saikat Basu
      October 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      It will come automatically. It should have arrived by now to all accounts.

  3. Dr Gupta
    October 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm


  4. ahmad messelmani
    October 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    As a group administrator, is there a way to turn this feature off? Thanks for the info

    • Saikat Basu
      October 19, 2012 at 9:35 am

      I don't think so, or at least not yet. I just checked the Group Privacy Settings and there isn't an option.

  5. ahmad messelmani
    October 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    As a group administrator, is there a way to turn this feature off? Thanks for the info
    very importabt

  6. Soumya
    October 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Is there a way to turn off this feature? Also, in my group I can see only two or three names of the ppl who have seen the post. I know, for sure, that more than 15-20 ppl have seen the post. Why cant I see the whole list?

    • Saikat Basu
      October 17, 2012 at 12:50 am

      I haven't been able to figure this out myself. I don't think there is a setting to turn this off yet.

  7. Jai Prakash
    August 22, 2012 at 2:23 am

    How do I activate the "Seen By" option in my group ?

    • Laila
      October 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      I can see who saw the post but not the time they saw it , and there is written down the names one more... and I don't know who is that "one more"

      • Saikat Basu
        October 14, 2012 at 4:19 am

        Just do a mouseover on the "One more" link and it reveals itself.

    • Saikat Basu
      October 14, 2012 at 4:20 am

      You don't need to because it is automatic. It will come soon as the update is being rolled out gradually.

  8. lisa
    August 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    As a group administrator, is there a way to turn this feature off? Thanks for the info.

    • Saikat Basu
      August 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Should be something in the settings. I can't find it out as it hasn't arrived in my account as yet.

  9. amit kumar
    August 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    how to activate the above New Feature On Facebook Groups Shows Who Has Seen The Latest Post [Updates]..???

    • Saikat Basu
      August 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      It is being rolled out across all accounts gradually. You don't have to activate it. Maybe it will come to your Group page soon.

  10. Anonymous
    July 30, 2012 at 1:47 am

    I have already left 2 groups that had this new feature. It's an invasion of privacy!

    • Anonymous
      August 3, 2012 at 1:41 am

      I agree, because it may lead to awkward situations. For many people, it means saying goodbye to "creeping" through group posts. Or perhaps a person asks a question and no one replies, even though the inquirer can tell 10 people have "seen" it. On top of that, some people simply want to remain anonymous as to whether or not they have scrolled through posts. Personally, I think it is an invasion of privacy because I don't like any sort of permanent documentation of my whereabouts on facebbook. It worries me that it is foreverlasting on the internet and it is a tracking tool, as is the location feature, which I dislike. It is also controversial because even if there WAS an option to turn this new feature off, if you were not an administer of the group, you have no control.

  11. Shawn Ashree Baba
    July 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Interesting to see where facebook is going.

  12. Aditya Roy
    July 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Facebook is making it tough for people who generally stick to 'read only' mode.
    Can't see the feature in any groups right now though.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Well, so far this is only for Groups. Yes, anonymity could be a thing of the past. It's been gradually rolled out. Don't think it has arrived at our shores yet.

  13. Vanja Gorgiev
    July 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    it's easier to monitor and manage the facebook groups... will try it soon

    • Saikat Basu
      July 17, 2012 at 4:54 am

      Yes, and the relative anonymity of group members disappears with this. Now you can't say that "I didn't see this post".

  14. Rigoberto Garcia
    July 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Great feature for monitoring purposes. We will have to try it .. Thanks Saikat...

    • Saikat Basu
      July 17, 2012 at 4:53 am

      Welcome Rigoberto. Groups are a powerful feature and this feature makes it easier to monitor things like promotions and special announcements.

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