6 Replies Latest reply on Jun 22, 2015 7:50 AM by tburak

    Follow Versus Join a Group

    shirlin

      An example of what I wrote in FALive --

       

      Above each group, each user has the option to Follow or Join this group. What are the differences?

       

      buttons.jpg

       

      First, remember the different types of groups:

       

      group types.jpg

       

      Each user has three options when interacting with a group, but they vary slightly depending on the type of group:

      1. Join but not Follow the group -
        • Open - am listed as a member and can participate, but will not get updates in activity stream
        • Members Only - am listed as a member and can participate, but will not get updates in activity stream
        • Private - Joining a group makes you automatically follow it
      2. Follow but not Join the group
        • Open - will receive updates in activity stream, but will not be listed as a member
        • Members Only - will receive updates in activity stream, but will not be listed as a member nor be able to participate; listed as a follower under own profile
        • Private - cannot Follow without Joining first
      3. Both Join and Follow the group
        • Open - listed as a member, able to participate and receive updates in activity stream
        • Members Only - listed as a member, able to participate and receive updates in activity stream
        • Private - listed as a member, able to participate and receive updates in activity stream

      When a user joins a group, they'll be listed as a member of the group. Their membership will also be visible on their own profile (Profile > Places > Group Member).

      Group owners can see when they joined (only available in Groups, not Spaces) and be able to email all of the members in one group email. Read more Deciding Between a Space and a Group.

       

      Takeaway:

      If joining an Open or Members Only group, join and follow the group.


      Power Tip:

      To get notifications on every update that happens in the group, select Follow > in Inbox. Updates will be sent to your FALive inbox and by default, Outlook emails.