This post may contain affiliate links, which means I might receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link
I don’t know about you, but I have had a load of messages lately in groups telling me to comment on something to stay in the group. Slightly baffled, I have commented on some and shrugged off others. But it did make me wonder what was really going on the Facebook group invites?
According to SocialMediaToday, what is actually going on isn’t about commenting to stay in a group. Instead, it focuses on the former ability to add people to a group if you think they would like it without them actually asking you to. Now, we have all seen this used in negative ways when you suddenly end up in a group that you have zero interest in. Someone has added you, whether by thinking they are being helpful or for less charitable reasons – they want more people in their group.
So it turns out that Facebook had caught onto this and is changing things. While people can simply remove themselves from the group, mute it or other steps, Facebook have decided to step in.
What they are doing is removing members who have been added to a group – and never visited it. These people will appear in the new ‘invited’ list on the group admin dashboard and if those people want to be in the group, they will need to manually accept the invitation and visit the group. They won’t show in the overall member count of the group until they take this step – which is how some groups have seen dropping numbers.
Admins can also send one reminder to people who are added to the group to see if they want to join and prompt them to take the steps. If not, they won’t be added.
What they are doing is removing members who have been added to a group – and never visited it.
No more random updates
For me, this is a good step from Facebook although it might be easier to remove the function to add in the first place! I’ve been added to groups for various reasons and rarely remained in them although others may have had better experiences. But it does mean if you see one of those posts about commenting to stay in the group and you have already interacted with it (or joined it yourself) you don’t need to worry!
I know it strange for someone obsessed with Pinterest, but I find Instagram a bit hard work. I get it, I understand how the basics work but it always just seems awkward for me. But I’m determined not to be beaten by a mere social media site. ...
It doesn’t seem like five minutes goes by without someone telling you about video, Facebook Lives, Instagram Stories or something similar. We are told that people watch far more video than they read blog posts, so you need to create content this way if you want to...
Ah, trends. You can always tell when you are in October and November because the word trends start to crop up. We all love a little bit of the crystal ball, a peep at the future and to give people the chance to show their expertise with predictions of what...
Stay Up to Date With The Latest News & Updates
Need Pinterest help?
Check out my Quick Fix services to help you with that pesky Pinterest problem
Join Our Newsletter
Get the latest digital marketing news plus access to the Subscriber's Library
Let's catch up on social media and find exclusive content!