Facebook introduces new feature for the Groups. It is one of the much needed features that people are expecting from Facebook.It’s Uploading of Files in Groups. This new feature of Facebook is powered by Microsoft Office Apps.
Facebook is facing competition from it’s rival Google+, after Google launched Google Drive and integrated it with its social network, Google+. So it can result in people moving towards Google+ for sharing the files. So, to tackle this, Facebook lets users upload and share files but it is limited to Groups.
This new feature will largely help the Facebook groups that are academic based and institution based. Now student groups can share with ease lecture notes, documents and assignments. This is the feature that I expected as I was not able to share those a while ago. Happy that Facebook introduces it after IPO.
You can choose the file from your computer. The size is limited to 25 MB. You can add some description and click upload. The upload is quite fast and once it is uploaded it is posted like this.
Posting the document in Groups lets the other users to preview and download the file. The ‘Preview’ opens the file in Microsoft Office Web app. Download feature is available in the preview too. The preview shows up like this
If you want to see what are all the files that were uploaded to the group, you can click ‘File’ tab in the top. There all the files uploaded by various members of the group can be seen.
Overview of Facebook Group Upload Button
- Files with extension .rar, .jpeg, .doc, .pptx, .png, .gif, .pdf and other extensions that are supported by MS Office Web Apps can be uploaded.
- You can preview it and download it.
- The files are shared only within the group.
- You can also upload the revision of the document.
In all, Facebook’s upload button for groups will help scholars, students, techies to share the documents in Facebook instead of going for file hosting services. In another aspect, it’s tough time for Google+ as Facebook prevents users from opting out of Facebook for sharing files.
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