Facebook added several new tools for members and administrators of groups.
Group admins can now write welcome posts (pictured above) that will automatically tag new members.
As previously spotted in testing, group admins, moderators and new members will now sports badges under their names.
When group members click on the names of other group members, they will now be shown group-specific profiles that contain publicly available information, including common interests and activity within the group.
The group insights tool now offers tips to admins, such as scheduling posts at times when the group’s members are most engaged.
Admins also have more control over behavior in the group, and they can temporarily turn off members’ abilities to comment and post, as well as remove members from multiple groups that they manage with a single click.
Product management director Alex Deve said in a Newsroom post introducing the new features, “We loved getting to know group leaders at the Facebook Communities Summit, and we got to learn a lot more about the groups they manage: For example, we learned that most common categories of meaningful groups on Facebook in the U.S. include local city and neighborhood groups, pregnancy and parenting groups, animal and pet groups and occupation-focused groups. To give the admins of these groups more opportunities to connect with other community leaders, we started an invite-only group on Facebook where they can connect with one another and share feedback about their experiences, so we can provide the support they need to serve their communities. We’re also exploring programs to help these leaders meet up in person and keep the connection going—we’ll be announcing more about these new programs soon.”