26 May, 2011
A while back, I created several Facebook Groups, just for fun, to see what it was about, and a couple of the groups grew pretty large. I grew up in Northeast Pennsylvania, and a local station, WNEP-TV, Channel 16 had a popular self-produced children's program called The Land of Hatchy Milatchy, so one of my groups honored that show.
This week I heard that groups were being updated to a new format. One of my groups, I was allowed to "upgrade to the new format" with the push of a button.
But the second group, The Land of Hatchy Milatchy "is scheduled to be archived"
The Land of Hatchy Milatchy group has 7,121 members. I thought I'd look at the member list to see if I could copy all the names in hopes of re-inviting them all after the eminent, and dreaded archive. And what does Facebook give me? A pop-up window broken into groups of 100!
"Over the next few months, Facebook will be archiving all groups created using the old groups format. When this group is archived, its wall posts, photos and discussion threads will move to the new groups format, but group members will need to be re-added."
So to be able to copy them all, I would have to... let me see if I can get the math right here... click "see more" about 72 times! That is my reward for creating a popular group? --Gee thanks Facebook!
Even worse, assuming I went to the trouble of copying all the member names, I would have re-invite all the members to the new group, and the invitations likely have similar limits. I'm speculating here, but I imagine I would have to send 72 groups of 100 invitations to the new group?!
I just read a little more about this issue on the Facebook help page, and it appears that Facebook is purposely trying to weed out inactive groups. If a group is deemed "Active enough" it will be given the option to upgrade to the new format, otherwise the group is archived. And, as I described above, they don't make it easy!
What Can You Do?! --Help Save the Group!
If you want to help our cause, join The Land of Hatchy Milatchy group, and save us from sure obscurity!
I know Facebook doesn't like to share much, unless they're getting a piece of the action, but it sure would be nice if they provided an easier way to re-invite members, even if it was anonymous to the admin (me). It's not rocket science here.
Alright, that concludes my Usability rant. Until next time!