I belong to 8 different groups on facebook. I think the first group I joined (or was invited to) was a neighborhood watch - which apparently is still on facebook - but with only 4 members. I don't know if it's active or not. I had actually thought the group had dissolved, but I haven't been in said neighborhood for several years now - nor am I currently living in the same state.
Every ward that I have lived in has had a page and I really like that. I especially like it when organized members send out reminders of upcoming activities. I was disappointed that there was no such page on facebook for this ward. Thus after 6 months and 12+ friends, I decided to create my own page. Slowly the ball starts rolling.
I have joined other groups that have either dissolved (due to changes on facebook or lack of interest) or haven't gone according to the group starters expectations. I think the one I enjoy most is the one we keep to share memories of our family - mom in particular. It is also the smallest group I belong to.
It started out as a page of necessity created by my nephew-in-law, Nate. He and my niece, Ellen, were living with mom at the time. Mom's dementia would cause her to take off without any evidence as to where she might be, or else she would get lost and take a direction even further from where she wanted to be. Mom could not be left alone, and we were each given a schedule. Facebook gave us a source in which we could communicate our concerns.
Nate had included six of us in the group: Nate, Ellen, Ellen's mother Sunny, my sister Kayla, my brother Corey and me. Nate had named the group "Operation Grandma Care". Over the months others had been invited into the group - Corey's husband Joh, Kayla's husband Bill, and our friend Peggy who lived across the street from my mom. Shortly after we put mom into an assisted living facility, Nate chose to leave the group. But we continued to keep the group open as we still had concerns and needs to express ourselves as we would visit mom. We focused on positive as well as the not so pleasant. It was really good for us to have that source.
After my mom passed away, there were some of us who just didn't want to see the page dissolve, although we didn't need to voice our concerns about how mom was behaving or what our concerns were with her and the fate of the facility. Kayla had changed the name of the group to focus on memories of my mom rather than our care for her health. She laughed at the name as there were eight members of the group and only one was an actual grandchild. The majority of us call her "mom"
It is my favorite group because we sometimes share things that others hadn't known. Corey will share pieces of information from her journal. Kayla and I have both shared things not only about mom but dad as well. Peggy has also shared information that we appreciate being able to hold onto.
I love reaching out and having positive reasons to stay on facebook. It really has done great things for a lot of people. I hope to have the same positive results with the RS ward page that I just started. So far all the feedback I've received has been positive.