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Facebook kills its standalone Groups app

Engadget

Launched in 2014, Facebook Groups let users manage and interact with groups they were members of as well as more easily find new groups to join or create their own.


The Facebook Moms

Slate

Now that we live in the future, everyone has friendships that began on the web. In Internet Friends, writers tell stories of friendships created, maintained, and (sometimes) ended online. To pitch your own Internet Friendship, email humaninterest@slate.com.


The Meme-ification of Asianness

The Atlantic - Technology

Early every Sunday growing up in Australia, Anne Gu attended Chinese school, the weekend classes where many children of Chinese immigrants learn Mandarin. There, she bonded with her classmates over their shared sense of obligation. "We understood we had to be there because of our culture, our parents," Gu told us, "while our other friends were sleeping in." They kept in touch via group chat, exchanging jokes about life as first-generation Asian Australians. "Someone was like, it would be fun if we made a Facebook group, and we all agreed," Gu said.


Facebook Groups now supports 250-person chat rooms

Engadget

If your Jimmy Neutron Facebook Group has felt a bit dull, that's probably because the social media giant didn't allow members to jump into a giant, early '00s-style group chat Well, Facebook plans to gradually roll out a new feature that will allow Groups to launch specific sub-chats up to 250 members. Not only that, groups can start audio or video calls with up to 50 members. Facebook communities will likely enjoy this new form of direct communication. And Facebook considered pain-points users might have with notifications, and made it so that users must opt-in to a chat before getting updates. It's also possible to adjust notification settings to stop all alerts, or only get alerts when somebody specifically @ mentions you.


Facebook may soon charge a fee to join groups

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Facebook has begun a pilot program that will allow Facebook group administrators to charge people for membership to certain groups. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Facebook has begun a pilot program that will allow Facebook group administrators to charge people for membership to certain groups.