In a throwback to its college-only days, Facebook has launched a new type of group for schools that requires an active email address from a college or university to join.
The new Groups for Schools feature allows students and faculty members at the same school to exchange files, create events and message other members of the group.
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In a way, the feature works like a filing system for school-related subgroups. As the only current member of the Northwestern University group, there were no groups for me to join. But when I typed in my interests, my (former) dorm and my major, the platform prompted me to start related groups and invite friends. Eventually, I'll be able to search groups by those that my friends have joined.
Groups for Schools could enable some of the educational functionality that Facebook lost when it opened itself up to non-students. There was once, for instance, a class feature on Facebook that students could use to share notes or find out the cute boy in the third row's name. Now there may be class groups that perform a similar function.
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Several startups have pegged Facebook as the perfect place for students to engage around school activities, their homework and education in general.
Now it seems Facebook has beaten them to the punch.
This story originally published on Mashable here.