Vicki from Missouri writes:
I have a Facebook page. I decided to create a group. I didn’t really know what I was doing at first and now have group members as friends.
I would like to know if I could unfollow them from my main page and still have them as members in my group. I’m sure I could unfollow then then ask them to rejoin but I hate to do that. I am a regular subscriber to your Newsletter.
Thanks for being a reader, Vicki!
No longer being friends with someone does not affect their membership in the group. Since you are a group administrator, you can add or delete people at your pleasure, they don’t have to be your friends.
But this is a good jumping off point to talk about the different kinds of Facebook pages and how to use them.
The first is the personal Facebook account. This account is listed by your name and is for keeping you connected with relatives, friends and acquaintances.
The people you connect with are called Facebook “friends.” With proper privacy settings, only your friends can see your posts and photos.
Now there are people with thousands of Facebook friends. I’d suggest limiting those to people you actually know or have some connection with.
If you are a public person of some sort such as a performer, writer, pastor or politician – you can create a page for yourself. Pages are also good for businesses, churches, organizations and schools.
Anyone can like a page. They don’t have to be your friends or connected to you in any way. But you can get the ball rolling by inviting your friends to like the page.
This is a good way to separate your public self from your personal life. An example might be a local news reporter. She would keep a public page to communicate with fans and promote her work and save her personal FB page for communicating friends and family.
The advantage is that fans or people interested in your business won’t see posts that you’re tagged in from friends, your personal photographs or your personal posts.
You can create a Facebook group for users with a common interest. I belong to alumni groups for my high school, a group for the TV show Walking Dead and a writer’s group.
Groups can be set to public so anyone can join or you can require permission from the administrator. Groups can also be secret. That means that other Facebook users won’t be able to find out about them by searching. Members of groups do not have to be connected to you in any way. Groups can be as small as a private group only for your family members or a large public group with tens of thousands of members.
If you are trying to promote a particular organization or product, I would not suggest a group, stick with a page.
Another important Facebook tool is an event. For a one-time happening such as a rummage sale, concert, sporting event or political rally, you might wish to just create an event. That event can be only for people you invite or it can be open to the public.
One more note for you, Vicki. Make sure that you unfriend and don’t just unfollow those people you no longer wish to be connected with. Unfollow means that you no longer see their posts in your Facebook feed, but they can still see yours. Unfriend means that you are no longer connected with that person on Facebook.