Facebook’s New Groups: 5 Things You Need To Know – PC World

Facebook’s New Groups: 5 Things You Need To Know

Ian Paul, PCWorld

Oct 8, 2010 6:55 am

Should you be able to add your friends to a Facebook Group without their permission? That’s the question some critics are asking after several prominent tech bloggers were added to a group without their consent. Facebook’s new Groups feature allows any of your Facebook friends to add you to a group where you can privately share content such as photos, opinions, events, and text documents with others.

It all started when TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington and tech entrepreneur Jason Calacanis were added to a new Facebook Group called NAMBLA– an acronym for the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Arrington later added Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to the group.

While the NAMBLA group was clearly a joke, Calacanis wasn’t laughing. He fired off an e-mail to Zuckerberg, also posted on Calacanis’ blog, arguing that people should have the ability to opt-in to new groups and not only opt-out.

Would it better if Groups were opt-in instead of opt-out? Most definitely, but other Facebook features are far worse as opt-out models instead of opt-in. Adding someone to a group is not as bad as revealing someone’s location without their permission through Facebook Places. Or the fact that you can expose a friend’s Facebook data to third parties just by adding an application to your profile.

Nevertheless, the new Groups feature, while valuable, could also become a pain.  Click here to see the 5 things you need to know about Facebook’s new Groups feature.