How to Create a Group, Event, and Fan Page on Facebook

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Aside from having your own basic Facebook page, you also have the option of creating groups, events, and fan pages. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages and is better suited for some things than others. Below, is the process for creating groups, events, and fan pages on Facebook.

Facebook home

How to Create a Facebook Group

Who should use Facebook groups:
Facebook groups are used as a way for people to interact with each other within a more narrow spectrum, vs. using the entire Facebook community. Groups also differ from pages and events in that groups are aimed at promoting a specific cause.  For example, if you wanted to create a campaign for AIDS awareness, groups would be your best option.

How To Create Facebook groups:
Start by logging in to your Facebook account. If you do not yet have one, you can sign up here.

Click “your name” on the top Facebook toolbar to go to your profile. From within your profile, click the Info tab to see your details. Look for the subsection ‘groups’ and click the see all link, located on the far right of the heading.

Groups profile

Near the bottom of the see all page, you should see a Create a Group button - click it.

Create group button

You should now be on the actual create a group page where you can fill out the details of your group. You will need to enter the following information: Group Name, Description, and Group type. You can also choose to enter optional information such as office, e-mail, Web site, etc. if desired.

Facebook group

How to Create Events in Facebook

Who should use Facebook events:
Facebook events are best suited for people who want to let others know about one specific event. Events differ from groups and fan pages in that events are more temporary, and there is little interaction between members that “join an event”. Events offer members three main options: attending, maybe attending, and not attending. An example of an event topic would be 5th Annual City Wide Barbecue.

How to Create Facebook Events:
Make sure that you are logged in to your Facebook account.

To create a new event, navigate to your events page by clicking the Info tab from your profile and selecting see all under events. If you want to jump straight to your events page, go ahead and click this link.

From the events page, click the +Create an Event button, located in the upper right corner of the screen.

Events screen

The next couple of screens will automatically guide you through the process of  creating an event. For the most part, you will need to set up a start and end time for your event, select privacy settings, add details, and decide on who to invite.

Create an Event

How to Create Facebok Fan Pages

Who should use Facebook fan pages:
Fan pages are best suited for representation of some kind. Representation could be anything from a business expanding their brand to Facebook so that they can communicate with customers, to a celebrity creating a fan pages so that they can keep in touch with their fans. All in all, fan pages should be used to create a following of some sort.

How to Create Facebook fan pages:
Make sure that you are logged in to your Facebook account.

The easiest way to navigate to the ‘create a new page’ page, is to click this link. This should bring you directly to the fan page creator.

From here, you need to select a name for your page and categorize it. When you finish, type in the security words and hit the create page button.

Create a New Facebook Page

That’s all there is to it. Have fun creating your new Facebook groups, events, and pages Enjoy!

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LAST UPDATED 1/14/2010