Well, that didn’t take long did it? People have quickly found a fatal flaw in Facebook Groups, the new feature I was gushing about just yesterday. It turns out you can be added to a group without your permission, and there is no quick way to opt out or mark your accounts so this can’t happen.
Given the flood of email you can get from even a single one of these groups, you can imagine how that might affect a person like say Chris Brogan. In fact, Brogan was fuming about it this morning on Facebook today saying:
Is there a way to NOT get added to everyone’s [groups]?
What’s worse is even if you want to be in the group, the default is to get an email for every interaction. If you belong to a single group, it can grow overwhelming very quickly. If you’re well known like Brogan, I can imagine it moves beyond irritating to downright maddening.
Finally, even when you mark a group as private, apparently it isn’t because anyone in the group can add anyone they please from outside the group, and the group owner is powerless to stop it.
My initial reaction was this is 1.0 technology and let’s give them a chance, but I’m at the point where Facebook needs to fix this and fast.
I’m also more than a bit curious how Facebook could release a major feature like Groups without doing some serious testing first. I’m sure if they had, they would have heard all these complaints and more before releasing it to the public.
It’s another case of a major Facebook screw-up and it makes them look more incompetent than ever. They really need to get a grip quickly because when they finally had a feature that could make them look good, they screwed it up out of the gate.
Cross-posted on by Ron Miller.