Meta has announced (opens in new tab) that it’s currently working on a series of new Facebook group features intended to bring communities closer together, and some of them will be well known to users of the popular voice, video and text chat app Discord.
According to the announcement, administrators will soon have the ability to create channels within their groups that allow them to interact in “smaller, more casual environments where they can have deeper discussions about common interests or organize their communities around topics in different formats.”
This includes new Discord-style community audio channels, which allow admins and group members to “jump in and out of audio conversations in real time,” along with regular text-based chat channels for those shy on the microphone.
In addition to the real-time audio and chat channels, Facebook groups will also offer community feed channels, allowing users to interact and comment on admin-approved topics on their own time.
A new and improved sidebar will lead the way in the refresh, making it easier for users to access their groups, which are now listed in the order of their last activity, such as “new posts or chats you haven’t seen yet.”
Users can also pin their favorite groups to the top of the sidebar for quick access, and groups themselves will become more organized thanks to a new menu that allows members to stay up to date on events, stores, and the topics they’re most interested in.
At the moment, Meta’s Facebook group makeover is only in the testing phase, but we expect it to be rolled out to all users in the coming months.