This new feature brings back some of the exclusivity Facebook had from when registration required an “.edu” email address. With “Groups for Schools,” students can join groups according to major, class (year), organization, and much more.
Within these groups, students can add posts to create discussions, add photos and videos, make polls, and even upload files. This can be a valuable way for people to share information within classes or groups and easily share documents with other students.
The official announcement on Facebook regarding “Groups for Schools” was made only yesterday, and made available for UNC students shortly after. As more students join the feature and it becomes available for more colleges and universities, there will surely be updates made.
As of now, the Groups at UNC include the various class groups, a textbook exchange group, specific dormitory community groups, and much more. Only time will show the usefulness students find in this new feature, considering any student with an active email address can create a new group for the school. This could become a positive online community for UNC students to share information and study material, but it can also quickly become a cluttered space that becomes useless to students.