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When posting in an open group on Facebook, how can you make it so your comments in the group don't show up on your feed for your friends to see?

Asked by jca (35976points) April 28th, 2014

Someone just posted a question in a group I’m in. They are asking how they can make it so their posts don’t show up on their feed, for their friends to be notified of the post. They understand that the group is “open” so anybody who goes to it can view any posts, but they don’t want their comments to show up on their feed for their friends to be notified of.

This is a good question, which is why I am wondering it, too.

In this case, it’s not anything secret, it’s just a baking group, but I don’t necessarily like the idea of every comment I make showing up in my ticker.

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dappled_leaves's avatar

I don’t think there’s any way to prevent a post to an open group from showing up in the ticker. In fact, I’m not sure that even a post to a secret group would be left out of the ticker, although your friends wouldn’t be able to go to the post itself to read it.

But that would be my only advice for trying to prevent it – to change it from an open group to a secret group. I get that it’s not what you’re after, though.

turtlesandbox's avatar

You are out of luck if the group is open or closed. The only way for your posts to not show is if the group is secret. Then, only the people who are in the secret group will see the posts in their feed or ticker.

This is why I only join secret groups.

JLeslie's avatar

If the group is open I don’t think there is anything that can be done. That’s why a few of the groups I created on Facebook are closed groups. I purposely wanted people to be able to post photos and talk about travel without worrying about Facebook at large seeing the photos or knowing their houses would be empty.

If you comment on someone’s status (I am not talking about a group now) and their setting is for “everyone” or “friends of friends” then if you comment your friends will see your comments on that status even if they are not friends with the original status author. I hate it!

SpatzieLover's avatar

Just because something is showing up in your newsfeed does not necessarily mean it’s viewed by your friends list. Posts showing up in your feed has to do with how you set your notifications within the group.

As for closed or open groups, I prefer closed. When pele are on Facebook searching for groups, they can see all of your comments. Whereas in a closed group, they cannot see members, nor comments unless they’re approved to join.

I’m admin on a couple of ‘secret’ groups. Those are even safer than the typical closed group as they don’t appear in any search at all.

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