Are You Getting Swallowed Up In Facebook Groups?


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Facebook groups have become the new happening place for social interaction.

The social site itself is a great location to make connections, but for deeper group conversations or bonding, the groups are the bomb!

Not all groups are created equal.

Groups are set up for various reasons.  To utilize this social outlet best, be sure the group’s “reason for being” is a good fit for your own goals.  Some are great places for open discussion on a topic, while others are simply a place for bulletin-board type information.  Many groups center around sharing each others content, while others are a place to promote your products.

Follow the rules!

When joining a group, chances are, there are some rules.  Be sure you know what is expected of you before you make the decision to stay in.  If you are looking for a group to help you promote your business, make sure that’s allowed in the group’s guidelines.  If not, you could find yourself being reprimanded or even tossed out!

Too much of a good thing?

Sometimes, yes.  Here’s where the rubber meets the road.  Just like any other place people congregate and hang out on the web, the groups have the distinct pleasure of being fun.  So much so that before you know it, you’ve spent way too much time commenting, hanging out and whoops, your day is gone!

Add to that, the numerous groups that are adding people right and left without their permission (apparently this now the way FB is operating, not group admins), and you can easily get swallowed up in the groups before you know it!

It’s getting crazy out there!

Sometimes it can feel like the wild, wild west online.  There’s so much going on and so many people to meet.  You need to pick and choose. Only join groups that are beneficial to your goals.  You might want to consider putting restrictions on the time you spend there.  Be focused, set a timer and if you want to get anything done in your business, stay out of the chit-chat groups! Also, leave the ones that have drama.  Not worth your time!

Now, go out there and find groups that support what you are trying to do and don’t get swallowed up!







 Are You Getting Swallowed Up In Facebook Groups?

Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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Fran White March 20, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Hey Martha,
Love the topic here! Yes, groups are all consuming but as with many I try to limit them. I have met some amazing people, fascinating actually, in the one I participate in regularly. But if there’s a day that I just can’t fit participating in….why do I feel guilty? :)
Have a great rest of the week!!


Kirra April 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

At some point, Grandpa ended up in SW Missouri, so I don’t really know any family in Ohio. I’ve done some genealogy stuff, though. Do you ever use Maybe we can use that to see if there is a connection.
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Martha April 23, 2012 at 12:23 am

I don’t really use it. The Giffen genealogy isn’t really on my radar! LOL You might friend my husband Jim on FB and see if he can tell you anything else. His father’s name was David. He might know more . . .


Kirra April 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm

My maiden name is Giffen. Outside of my family, I’ve not really found anyone with the name. :-) People were always spelling it wrong. Giffin usually. :-) Anyway, nice to “meet” you!


Martha April 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Hi Kirra, thanks for taking the time to connect! I know what you mean about the spelling. I even wrote a song for our family, “Our name is Giffen, don’t call us Griffen!” LOL My father in law grew up in a little town in Ohio and moved to Tennessee, where I met my husband in elementary school. We now live in Alabama and have three sons carrying on the family name. Let me know where you are and if we are related!
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Kirra April 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Well hello cousin! Just kidding, I think . My grandpa was born in or near Toledo! :-) And yes I got Griffen, too. LOL


Martha April 23, 2012 at 12:20 am

Yes, and Griffith, Gissen, you name it! My Daddy told me when we got married that only 1 in 100 people would be able to spell my last name right. I thought he was joking! LOL


Barbara April 20, 2012 at 2:44 am

Love your expression in answering your own question TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING? “Here’s where the rubber meets the road.” And so true! I tend to get lost and easily sidetracked in spending far too much time commenting which will leave me rather frustrated at the end of the day. On the other hand this hones my writing skills! Trying to find a balance between creative and productive work and socialising.
I am very happy with my few FB groups and hope there is an equal sharing of give and take.
Thanks, Martha, for sharing this post.


Martha April 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Yes, commenting is another area that can be a time guzzler. You have to decide if you are getting a good return on your investment. For a brand new blogger, I always suggest they burn the midnight oil in the blog commenting department. It’s a great way to connect to the community and begin their own climb up the google ranks!
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Joe Cheray April 20, 2012 at 12:42 am

I try to stick to groups that are active and have some kind of focus and direction. I am in agreement that there are too many groups that can suck up your entire day if you let them. I moderate two groups and that takes my time as well.

These guidelines also apply to other sites such as LinkedIn and Empire Avenue.
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Martha April 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm

You said a mouthful there Joe! Every site seems to have it’s version of groups. It’s easy to lose track of time if not careful!
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elizabeth April 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Oh I can relate to this! I found the perfect ones for me but it did take some looking. The first one I ever joined was amazing and I still am a part if it. But oh my after that I learned a thing or two. Quality of members and leaders is what it’s all about!
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Martha April 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Yes, I think I’m more loyal to the ones I joined in the beginning. Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth. And, go to and upload your picture. That way, it will follow you around as you leave blog comments :)
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Kate April 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm

There’s more out there everyday, just need to find those diamonds in the rough.
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Martha April 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Yes, just limit yourself to the good ones! LOL
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Denise Sonnenberg April 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Trying not be be. But there are so many good ones I hate to have to choose. May have to un-join a few.
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Martha April 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm

You’re right Denise. Groups are coming on board every. single. day. It’s hard to pick and choose but that’s really the only way to make it work!
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Maria Stefanopoulos April 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Lots of groups are worthwhile, but you have pick and choose which you will be involved in and which you just monitor. Otherwise it would be overwhelm for sure!


Knikkolette April 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

You are so right Martha, i’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the groups! First you’re in one, then it grows until you don’t know which one’s which, which rules apply. Great subject!
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Martha April 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Yes, Knikkolette, have to decide on the front end how big you want the group to be. If the goals won’t accommodate a large group, keep it small :)
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Genevieve Lachance April 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I put only a few Groups under my favorites and turn off all notifications for any groups where I’m not very active so that it doesn’t distract me all day long. I’ve found groups extremely beneficial for networking and sharing useful information but it can get really time consuming for sure. I like your timer idea!
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Martha April 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm

hmmm. Hadn’t thought of staying in them but turning off the notifications. That’s an interesting idea Genevieve. Just go to them on an “as I have time” basis! Like it :)
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Kittie Walker April 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I manage my groups fairly strictly because as you say they can be such a time sink. I like to participate as fully as I can which is another good reason for being selective – spreading yourself too thin does not allow you to engage properly.
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Anita April 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

I was and now I have created my own group, and stick to just a few other interactive ones:) I bet a person could spend all day on there for sure. I limit my social media interaction to my multi-tasking times during my day :) Its all good!
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Martha April 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Good to hear you limit your social media. That’s really the key to being effective and seeing results Anita!
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Karla Campos April 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

I understand the feeling of being swallowed up in groups since the group adds come by the dozens on a daily basis, when I am added to a group I like to check out what it offers and then if it is not for me I just leave the group. With the amount of requests I receive it becomes an added work activity, one time I noticed someone had blocked themselves from being added to all groups but that was before all the FB updates, I wonder if the control is still there just hidden somewhere….
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Martha April 22, 2012 at 7:16 pm

That’s a great system. If it’s not for you, you get out immediately. Thanks for your input Karla!
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