Using Facebook Groups as Collaboration Software

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When searching for collaboration software, you might try out such platforms as Slack, Basecamp, and Asana. But have you considered making a Facebook Group for your team? You might find that a group on Facebook fulfills all your co-working needs, and best of all, it’s free!

The advantages to using a Facebook group are many, and I’ll mention a few of them here:

1. Most people are already using Facebook and so they are familiar with many of the features you will be using in your group such as creating a post, making comments, tagging people in posts and comments, uploading photos, and also creating events.

2. You can create docs in Facebook, or upload them. Your group will be able to edit these docs and also view the revision history.

3. Instead of using a group calendar, you can create events for tasks or important deadlines. Now all the discussion regarding that particular task or deadline will be in the discussion section of the event. People working on this particular task can “attend” the event and receive notifications when something is posted in the discussion.

4. And did I already mention, Facebook groups are free to use?! They can also be set to private so you don’t have to worry about other people “finding” your group.

5. The tagging feature is extremely useful, as you can tag the appropriate people when you need their attention on specific subject matter.

6. The “newsfeed” of your group creates a record of who had what discussion when.

7. No need to search through confusing email threads!

There are also some disadvantages:

1. Some people are reluctant to join FB groups with coworkers, even though there is no need to “friend” everyone in your group.

2. Even though the use of events for tasks and deadlines is pretty awesome, there is no actual calendar feature (unless you go to your own personal Facebook calendar).

3. The document types you can create in FB are limited to text docs with very basic formatting. So unlike Google Drive, where you can collaborate on documents that are compatible with Microsoft Office programs like Excel and Word, these types of documents will need to be uploaded and downloaded.

4. Unlike Google Drive, all of your documents will be located under “Files” with no way to organize them into folders.

While no software platform that I’ve used is perfect, Facebook groups may be appropriate for your team once everyone understands how to use all the features. Try it, you might like it!

 

 

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