I promise I’ll post an update with all of my reslife intern adventures soon! But first: I’ve been working on putting my guest institution’s entire training manual online and decided to include a tutorial on how to create a Facebook group for a reslife community, whether it be a floor or for your reslife staff. The staff at my home institution (GO DEVILS!) is great about this. We have multiple groups for our CAs (RAs) and almost each CA created a group for their floor. This was the absolute easiest and best way to get information out to my residents and staff members.
Here’s the tutorial. (I know to many of us social network-savvy individuals, this seems like common sense, but not everyone knows their way around Facebook.)
With everyone logged on to social networking sites like Facebook these days, it’s a great idea to utilize these platforms to fit your needs as a reslife staff member.
You can use a Facebook group to let your residents know about special events, social programs or the funny YouTube video you saw last night.
Step 1: Login to your FB account. (If you don’t have a Facebook account yet, it’s easy and free to sign up!)
Step 2: In order to create a FB group, you must be friends with at least one other person who you plan to add to the group. Aren’t friends with your residents yet? You can add another reslife staff member to your page for now.
Step 3: On your Facebook sidebar, click on “Add Group…”
Step 4: Click the “Create New Group” button at the top of the page.
Step 5: Under “Create Group,” choose the setting that says “Outside” and your network name. This will allow students to join your group even if they haven’t updated their Facebook settings to reflect their attendance at your institution.
Step 6: Give your group a name. Try something descriptive at first like “Floor 1 2012-2013.” This can be changed later.
Step 7: Add at least one person to the group.
Step 8: Choose a privacy setting for your group. Open means everyone can see who is in your group and what they are posting. Closed means everyone can see who is in your group but not what they are posting. Secret means your group is not searchable and cannot be found unless someone is invited or sent a direct link. It is recommended you select closed for this step.
Step 9: Click on the “Create” button. Your group has been created! You can choose a unique icon to represent your group in your group members’ sidebars.
Step 10: Copy & paste the group URL into an email to invite residents who are not your Facebook friends to join the group.
Step 11: Post relevant content like flyers for campus events and housekeeping info.