I admit, I’ve probably gone a bit wild joining Facebook groups. I’m in 79 of them. Not a big deal, except a few of them generate lots of junk in my inbox that get in the way of me corresponding with my actual friends. How do I quit a Facebook group?
Like any other social community, Facebook has lots and lots of affinity groups, marketing groups, and social groups, ranging from shared musical tastes (The Grateful Dead, anyone?) to cinema (Hitchcock fans), geographic venues (Yosemite, Paris) to cars (Ford Mustang), conferences and events to, gosh, just about anything you can imagine.
Most of them seem to be all about signing up and showing some sort of solidarity, frankly, like the amusingly named “IF 10 MILLION JOIN MARC ZOMBERG WILL BRING BACK THE OLD FACEBOOK!” Why is this amusing? Because a million people have joined a group that’s mistitled: it’s Mark Zuckerberg that’s the head of Facebook. 🙂
Nonetheless, as with much of Facebook, there are nuances in the interface that make it a bit tricky to work with. In particular, when I get email from a group, I really wish that there were buttons or links on the bottom of the message letting me go to the group page, report the message as spam and, yes, unsubscribe or quit the group itself.
Instead, you’ll see, it’s a bit of a shlap to get there…
Start out by logging in to Facebook and finding the “Groups” link on the top right menu:
Click on “Groups” and you’ll have a list of recent groups your friends have joined. That’s not what we want, though, so click on “My Groups” on the top right:
Better, but it’s organized by activity and doesn’t show all your groups. Instead, click on the “Show” menu:
Choose “All groups”, then scroll down to the group you want to leave, quit, resign, run madly away from, screaming all the while. One of those. In this example, I’m going to quit Kristen Darkenwald’s “Facebook Marketing: Secret Tips and Tricks” group.
I do this by finding the group in the list:
.. .and clicking on the group name. This gets me to the group info page, where, on the right side, are some useful options:
I click on “Leave Group” and get a quick confirm message:
That’s it. Click on “Remove” and you’ve just left a group.
Now, join the groups you care about and be careful out there. 🙂
Tip: Looking for more help on Facebook? I have quite a bit of Facebook help here on the site and that I also have an Ask Dave Taylor Facebook Fan Page that I invite you to join. Have a question I haven’t answered? Then ask away! 🙂