Facebook’s Groups for Schools
March 30, 2012
There are more changes on the way at Facebook. After having rolled out timeline, which includes milestones and a new cover photo, among other things, the social media giant is not testing a new feature that is directly related to higher education: Groups for Schools.
This new feature will let colleges and universities create a separate and specific community limited solely to people with active school email addresses. Essentially, it limits the network to students and faculty, allowing them to create or join specialized groups within the site for specific classes, clubs and more. These subgroups are listed in an open group directory, which lets members browse and find groups relevant to their interests and needs. For a school, the potential advantages to this type of feature are huge, providing students and faculty a much more focused place to converge, discuss and meet new people (imagine being able to sign in to Facebook to discuss today’s English Lit final with that cute blonde).