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Facebook Preparing To Move The Old Groups To The New Group Format

Here we go folks. The day the Gamers & Mafia Wars Families were dreading is coming soon. The Old groups are being migrated into the new groups format.

Yes you heard me right the old groups we love so much are going to change over to the new format that we are not crazy about. No exact date has been release yet but it is coming soon as Facebook has already started to update the help center with the migration FAQ.

Here is what they are saying on it. 

When your old group gets archived, it will be converted to the new groups format. Almost everything from your old group will be available in the archived group, with a few exceptions.

Things that will be available in the archived version include:

  • Group photos and Wall posts
  • Group discussion threads, which become Wall posts
  • The group description, which can be found at the top of the page when you click “See All” members in the new group

Things that will NOT be available in the archived version include:

  • Recent news
  • Group officer titles
  • The info box under the old group picture
  • The group network
  • The members of your old group. You can still add new members by clicking “Add Friends to Group.”

If you would like to preserve any of this information, it’s recommended that you save it before your group is archived.

Keep in mind that the new groups format was designed to help you share with the small groups of people in your life. If you’ve been using your old group to promote your business, we recommend you create a page instead.

Here is some more info.

If you see a message at the top of an old group with the option to upgrade, simply click “Upgrade This Group” to upgrade to the new groups format. Members of the old group will also be given the option to ask the admin to upgrade. Note that it may take a few minutes or more before the content from your group is converted to the new format.

If you choose not to upgrade your group, or if you do not see an option to do so, the group will eventually be archived.

You can continue using your group after it is archived. However, since members of old groups will not migrate to archived groups, you will need to add new members.

Here are some of the new features that do come with the new groups.
Once the group is upgraded, members can:

Members receive notifications about posts in the new group by default. Notification settings can easily be adjusted by clicking the Edit Settings button.

 I have contacted Facebook to try and get more information on this but have not received a response as of yet. I will keep you informed.
Now here are some facts they don’t tell you about the new groups.
  • There is no more discussion section, you must go to creat a document and that basically becomes the discussion and it is very limited.
  • While you can have an NOW unlimited number of members in the group but the chat feature stops working after 250 members..
  • The groups still have the option of being open, closed or secret.
  • Anyone can add people to the new groups which limits your full control of it, but you can make it so admins approve members even if it is an open group.
  • You have to set up a group email to send message to members but it is limited to those who have the new Facebook message system. and stops working after 250 members.
So there you have it in a quick nut shell. This is coming and we cant stop it. Now for those mafia wars families out there I wish I had better news for you on this. This affects me as well and yes it sucks. Mark Zuckerberg has never liked the gamers on Facebook but being how they bring in so much money to his company he tolerates them but will never cater to them. Even Zynga who brings them 40% of the entire sites users. 


April 29, 2011 - Posted by | Blogs


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    Comment by Dena M Quinn | January 31, 2012 | Reply

  4. What happened for a Facebook group without admin when it gets archived?

    Comment by roy | August 2, 2011 | Reply

  5. How can we save our old group stuff?

    Comment by Jesse | July 13, 2011 | Reply

  6. how can i get back my old format of group on facebook?????

    Comment by kainat fatima | June 17, 2011 | Reply

  7. I up graded to new group but what it did it created a new group with same name but none of my picture or message from old group did not go to new group so I have two group’s with the same name how to I get my things from old group to new group

    Comment by SMURF | June 8, 2011 | Reply

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  9. What happens to my old group when it gets archived?

    When your old group gets archived, it will be converted to the new groups format.

    What the hell does the above FB explanation mean?

    Is the Group gettng ARCHIVED or CONVERTED?

    Which is it?

    Shit writers!

    Comment by anon | May 8, 2011 | Reply

  10. I’ve left most of the groups I belong to. It stinks on all levels that we have to go in to each and every group to edit the settings to NOT get emails, etc!
    This may be the straw that broke the camel’s back as far as whether I continue with MW or not now!!

    Comment by Michelle Ortega | May 5, 2011 | Reply

  11. i love how they tell us we shouldn’t have been using groups for anything group related in the first place.

    “Keep in mind that the new groups format was designed to help you share with the small groups of people in your life. If you’ve been using your old group to promote your business, we recommend you create a page instead.”

    that’s pretty much like saying – “hey you should’ve seen what we were going to do 4 years ahead of time asshole and not started the group to begin with, ever – but instead you should’ve started a page … you know like 4 years before they existed.”

    glad i’ve stopped using shitass Facebook.

    Comment by So Says the Little Boy | May 4, 2011 | Reply

  12. Best way to beat Facebook is to go back to what we used before Facebook group! Forums phpBB/vBulletin etc.

    If you group is active, warn them that Facebook will be changing it for the worse and if they wish to continue to chat start joining your forum.

    on you forum you can actually serve your own ads and monetize.

    Comment by Clarence | May 4, 2011 | Reply

  13. I keep trying to confirm my presence so I dont get deleted n it fails

    Comment by aileen waugh | May 3, 2011 | Reply

  14. You have to manually copy it and save to PC

    Comment by johnsweeney09 | April 30, 2011 | Reply

  15. If you would like to preserve any of this information, it’s recommended that you save it before your group is archived.

    Can u tell me how to save the group before it gets archieved

    Comment by Tim | April 30, 2011 | Reply

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