I have never been so excited to review an app in my life. “Why are you so excited, Phil?” you ask.
Because I can finally deleted this stupid app.
Strong words, I know, but certainly deserved. I’m not sure what Zuckerberg’s strategy is exactly, but he’s continually taking up more of my phone’s real estate with frustratingly mediocre apps.
The Groups app was designed to help you keep better track of the groups you belong to or administrate. My reasons for hating this app are fourfold, but I’ll get into that in a second. First, let me remind you why groups are important and superior to a Facebook Page.
Groups are awesome because everyone in the group is notified about every post. A page’s fans only get notified of a few of the things. Secondly, the group is designed to foster community whereas the page is just the public front.
And now, on to the app-bashing…
Pros & Cons (Mostly Cons)
1. Standalone Why must every function of Facebook get its own app? Groups, Messenger, Pages—where will it end? Facebook was great because it had so much to offer in one place. What is gained by dividing it up? I just don’t get it.
2. Redundant Everything that this app does is already in the regular Facebook app. Unless they’re planning on removing those functions from the Facebook app, the Groups app has nothing to offer. Of course, it’s not just the functions that are redundant. It’s the notifications. If someone posts in your group, the Facebook app and the Groups app are both triggered. (The same is true for Messenger as well.)
3. Weak Not only are the app’s functions redundant, they are are weaker/harder to use than the original’s. Furthermore, the group image doesn’t fit in the app designed for groups, and there is no way to “pin” a post to the top of the group’s feed.
4. Annoying Ever a join a group because you didn’t want to be rude? I’m in 12 groups, but I really only need/want to engage in about half that. Before, I could just ignore these groups. I never really noticed them. Now, however, thanks to the Groups app, whenever I open it up I see a whole host of groups with tons of notifications just waiting to be clear. (Thankfully, you can turn off push notifications per group, or I’d have never lasted long enough to write this post.
Don’t bother with this app. Sorry. It’s a bit negative and terse, but that’s just how I see it. If you’ve already got the original Facebook app, then you don’t need this clunky, junky standalone.