Facebook has announced recently that it’s going to launch a new standalone app called Facebook Groups.
Facebook plans to expand its lineup of applications by releasing a new app developed by Creative Labs, a part of the Facebook Company. The new Facebook Groups app will be launched worldwide for the Android and iOS operating systems on Tuesday.
The new Facebook Groups app is a spin-off of an already existing feature on the website, just like the Messenger app released in 2011. The new app lets Facebook users join, create, share and search for groups based on common events or interests. Facebook users who have created a Group will be able to like, comment and post within that particular group, in a similar way they interact with a Facebook profile or page.
The new Facebook app allows users to post to already existing groups, search for groups to join and create entirely new groups. The option of making the group visible or not to the public, ask for an approval to join it or make the group “secret” (this means the group is invite only and can’t be found by searching) will be available to members of the group.
As claimed by a spokesperson from Facebook, users of the social network were not confortable participating in group activities from their mobile devices. The users complained it took more time than the desktop version of Facebook.
“As with all our products, we’ll focus on the experience for people before considering any monetisation potential.”
This means that ads will not be present or at least not initially in the standalone mobile app Facebook Groups.
Mark Zuckerberg hopes that Facebook Groups will function well as a standalone app. Apps previously launched by Facebook, such as Slingshot, Poke, Mentions, Paper and Camera were taken down from the app stores. Facebook also introduced an app that allows anonymous chat for the social network users, Rooms. The Rooms app is only available for iPad and iPhone users but the company said the version of Rooms for the Android operating system is coming soon.
Facebook promises to keep Groups as a feature within the main Facebook app, unlike the Messenger app which needs to be downloaded separately.