goal has announced (opens in new tab) who is currently working on a set of new features for Facebook groups that aim to bring communities closer together, and some of them will be very familiar to users of the popular voice, video and text chat app Discord.
According to the announcement, admins will soon have the ability to create channels within their groups that allow them to interact in “smaller, more casual settings where they can have deeper discussions about common interests or organize their communities around topics in different formats”.
This will include new Discord-style community audio channels that will allow admins and group members to “casually drop in and out of real-time audio conversations”, along with regular text-based chat channels for those who are shy. on the microphone.
In addition to live chat and audio channels, Facebook Groups will also offer community feed channels, allowing users to interact and post comments on admin-approved topics in their own time.
A new and improved sidebar will lead the redesign, giving users an easier way to access their groups, which will now be listed in order of their most recent activity, such as “new posts or chats you haven’t seen yet”.
Users will also be able to pin their favorite groups to the top of the sidebar for quick access, and the groups themselves will be more organized thanks to a new menu that will allow members to stay up to date on events, stores and the topics they are most interested in. .
The Meta Facebook Groups overhaul is currently only in the testing phase, however we expect it to roll out to all users in the coming months.