Saturday, July 14, 2012

Facebook groups new "Seen by" feature

Last week Facebook announced the new "seen by" feature on groups - pretty useful when you are using Facebook groups for day to day communication. It is basically a record of how many saw your posts in a Facebook group like given below.

This is similar to the "seen at" feature in Facebook chat. This feature makes groups more compatible for day to day communication needs. Like the example given where you want to communicate football practices to the whole team and the post indicates how many saw the notice. This also makes Facebook more consistent for communication. (Can be annoying for some - tough life :P )

This and the recent feature "voice" (Will explain in a seperate post - Enables you to comment as an admin or a fan in Facebook page easily) are targeted at power users who are active on Facebook. But the normal users Facebook activity decline (as explained by "Photo/Video sharing kills Facebook & grows Twitter") continues and hope they come up with features targeting them. 

Do you think "Seen by" is useful? Feel free to comment below with your thoughts...


  1. it only applies to fb group is it? none for individual fb i hope..


  2. Hi Shaun,

    This is only for FB groups. But a similar feature is there for FB messages/chat used by individual FB accounts.

    Hope you have enabled email notifications to see this.


  3. how to activate this feature for a group

  4. how to activate this feature for a group

  5. Hi Anonymous & Saqib,

    Facebook says its active for all the groups. I checked group settings - it doesn't indicate any changes to notifications or any mention about this "seen by" feature. Maybe Facebook is still rolling out the new features. Which geographical region are you all from?

  6. I think groups with a lesser number, has no "seen by" feature, unlike those who are of great number...

    1. No, it's neither for huge member's group nor for newest one.
      This feature for all of the group. But Facebook starts implementation "Seen By" Feature From Newest to Oldest. Because Newest has few post and easy to implement.
      Wait for your turn. :)

      Thanks & Regards

    2. no all of the above are not true.. I used to be able to see that feature on my group posts when I first started it and then it disappeared less than 2 weeks later. My group is newer and larger than another group which still has the seen feature active and my group doesn't ..

  7. hi! When i created a new fb group it used to show me this option but suddenly it disappeared' now what should i do to activate this feature again?

  8. Hi Shahbaz, Groups im part of - has the feature. Is your group a secret one?

  9. I had this "seen by" feature for my group till today morning now it has dissappeared!!How do I add this "seen by" feature to my group?

  10. how to reactivate seen option