Confession time: I am a recovering Facebook group addict. I once belonged to too many Facebook groups.
The Phases Of Facebook Group Addiction
At first, it was in the name of “business building”. This was when I was actively building a network marketing company and I was looking for people to prospect. Prospecting specifically on Facebook is just as bad as it sounds.
Then I became a blogger and joined too many Facebook groups in the name of “blog promotion”. I soon discovered that became a huge time suck that took time away from my most important job: creating content.
As I began wanting to build an income from blogging, I turned into a membership site hoarder which came with even more groups to join. It made sense to join though because it was going to help me build my business.
When the blog wasn’t making money, I began my current business as a social media manager. Freelancing has even more Facebook groups to join for leads, networking and prospecting.
When You Join Too Many Facebook Groups
What I soon discovered is that I was so busy joining groups I forgot to be social. I was so busy watching for a post to share my business, blog post or product that I missed out on all the relationships being build around me.
The people that started blogging around the time I did were launching products and building passive income. Where was I? Still stuck at square one, trying to make ends meet with my blog.
How Many Facebook Groups Should You Join?
Finding the perfect number of Facebook groups differs for everyone.
I don’t think everyone needs to be in every group.
How did I know I had crossed the line?
No time- I didn’t have time to participate in the groups I was in. I did a lot of lurking and reading. I didn’t meet a ton of people.
Self promo- The large part of the reason I was joining so many groups was because I needed to promote something. I became one of those people who just dropped my link and ran.
FOMO– This one was especially strong as I built my freelancing business. There are leads everywhere but I was worried that if I wasn’t everywhere I would miss a lead.
My feed was full of groups only- I love social media and I love following along with people’s lives. I love seeing baby pictures and news. It didn’t take long for me to have a cluttered feed with group posts only.
If you relate to any of the situations I just listed- you may have a Facebook group problem.
What You Should Do In Facebook Groups Instead
I cleaned up my act.
I decided to leave groups I was no longer interested in.
My feed became filled with things I was interested in again. And I actually started catching those opportunities where people were hanging out and making friends.
I was able to become part of the conversation and not sign a client that day but build relationships.
As a Facebook admin, I can also tell you that the lower your group number is, the more likely you will get into a group. I do look at number of groups before I consider adding someone to a group.
Why? Because I want interested people in my communities who want to engage.
Wrapping It Up
Hopefully, this helps empower you to take a hard look at the groups you are a part of. If you are in too many groups, you can step away from the join button. Find groups of people that truly inspire you and grow your friendships that way.
You don’t have to join every group.
So confession time for you: how many groups are you in? How do you know you’re in too many groups?