A lot of changes are coming to Facebook Groups, and if you’ve used Discord, the new method should seem quite familiar. I’m getting major Discord vibes from Meta’s testing of a new left-aligned sidebar and channels list for Groups. Even Meta’s accent color of purple evokes Discord.
The redesigned sidebar, which lists your groups with rounded square icons, is the centerpiece of the modifications. You will be able to pin groups so that they appear top on the list, much as with Discord and Slack. Each group will have a new menu that seems like it was directly adapted from Discord. Channels, Messenger discussions, and events are arranged sequentially in the menu.
Text chats, audio rooms, and feed rooms are all examples of channels in groups where users may post and leave comments in a manner like to what you’re used to seeing on your own feed. While audio rooms resemble Discord’s audio rooms, text chat seems like a Messenger thread.
This screenshot gallery from Meta, which just so happens to depict a hypothetical group devoted to video games, gives you a peek at all three of those channels. Why would it be, I wonder.
The test comes as Meta starts its transition to give Facebook a more TikTok-like experience. It makes natural that Meta is use the transition as an occasion to reconsider how Facebook Groups operate since the purpose of that move is to have your feed promote more material from accounts you don’t follow. I personally believe it may be confusing, but we’ll have to wait and see if the integration of TikTok and Discord into Facebook makes sense in practice.