As part of Facebook’s continuing deprecation of the its old groups product in the wake of the launch of new Groups, the home page left sidebar navigation bookmark to old groups has been removed. Users could previously click this bookmark to reveal links to their old groups, but now must visit the Groups page to see the new Groups and old groups they are a member of. Since posts to old groups do not appear in the news feed, the removal of this bookmark could lead users to forget about their old groups all together.
Facebook has also updated the Groups page to include a “Recently Updated” section showing counters next to a user’s new Groups which have posts they haven’t read. Old groups do not appear in the section when posted to.
At the new Groups launch event, Facebook announced that old groups would not gain new functionality, could not be converted into new Groups, and users would no longer be able to create them. Earlier this year, Facebook removed the list of groups a user was a member of from the profile info page, preventing old groups from growing in this way.
Now when users view their navigation bookmarks in the bottom section of the home page’s left sidebar above “Friends on Chat”, they won’t see a bookmark for old groups amongst those for third-party apps and other in-house apps like Photos, Notes, and Links. The only way users can access their old groups is through search, activity links on their wall, or through the Groups page.
Users can navigate to the Groups page by clicking “See All” at the bottom of the Groups bookmarks section in the middle of the home page’s left sidebar, beneath “Friends” and above the third-party and secondary in-house apps bookmarks section. Users must then look for the group links without profile pictures at the bottom of the My Groups section, sometimes hidden beneath the “Show Older” fold. Clicking these links leads to a user’s old groups, where they can post to the wall, but do little else.
The “Recently Updated” section borrows the counter design from the new Application and Game Requests bookmark system. Users can get the same information about new posts from the counters on the Groups bookmarks on the home page, so this new section is more convenient than essential. The Groups page also shows invitations to old groups.
With the implementation of community Pages and the new Groups product, old groups have little place on Facebook anymore. Therefore its sensible to remove navigation links to them. However, even if Facebook removes all the links, expect users to paste saved URLs of groups into their browsers until Facebook actually deletes those protest and world record groups.