When you're starting a new group, the most important thing to think of is what the group's purpose is going to be, and the rule set that you need to create to make it that.
Jeff, Group Admin
- Use your group's description to explain what your group is about.
- Upload a cover photo that represents your group's topic and style.
- Invite a trusted friend to join your group.
- Make a post in the group to welcome members and show them the kind of posts they can share.
- Write your group's rules to help members know what is and is not allowed.
Getting started with your new group takes just a few steps. Whether you're looking to create a group for family and friends or looking to start a community to connect with like-minded people, these tips will have your group up and running in no time.
Add a description
Your group description is a great chance to set the first impression for new members. Admins tell us that your group description should state the intent of your group clearly to help new members understand how to best contribute and engage.
Upload a cover photo
Your group cover photo can help shape your group's identity. Is your group about a specific topic or distinct location? You might want to use an image of that topic or place as your first cover photo. Your first cover photo doesn't need to be perfect since you can change it as your group grows. Some admins eventually hold cover photo contests and ask members to submit images that represent the group. Have some fun with it and make it your own.
Add people to your group
Add a trusted friend as your first member who can give you initial feedback about the group. When you're ready, add members who you think would enjoy being part of your group. Find people who share your interests and who may be excited about your group. Take time to make those new members feel welcome and valued.
Make your first post
Your first post can be about anything, from welcoming people to the group, to uploading a relevant photo or video. Consider the kind of tone you want to set for your group. If your group is about a specific topic or interest, tell folks why you are passionate about it.
Admins tell us that asking open-ended questions generates discussions and models the types of interactions you want in your group.
Experienced admins tell us that when a group is just getting started, regular admin participation is essential. Members might not know how to participate, so leading by example helps people feel more confident.
Write a few rules
As an admin, you can decide on the types of rules you want to set for your group. Examples of rules include the kinds of posts that are encouraged, the types of behavior that are discouraged and your member approval process. Experienced admins tell us that writing clear rules from day one helps establish your group's culture and prevent conflict.