We just opened a secret Facebook group! Facebook has become wildly popular for their groups and especially for people with herpes. There is an entire network of secret herpes Facebook groups already out there with 1000’s of members. Some focus on support while others are regional, by state and even event related.
Just to clarify, once you are a member it is totally up to you if you want to join our Facebook group. It was simply created as an option and the same rules of conduct of the site also apply in the group. If you are still interested, read on!
You may be asking yourself why we would ever open up our own group when we already have an awesome community. Just off the top of our heads, we came up with the four biggest ones.
Our Members – They asked for it and we delivered! We really appreciate our members and listen to their wishes. This gives them another line of communication with other members and access to other secret groups. Since Facebook is so easily accessible, it is much easier to check your account at work with worrying about the IT guy seeing that you visited HWerks. Many also prefer Facebook over the forums. That brings us to our next point…
The Forums – Our forums were once the greatest thing since the twist off bottle top. In the time that HWerks has been around, there have easily been over 250k posts in our forums. When Facebook came along, forums everywhere took a hit and not just us. We have even seen software companies open up groups for support and a place for members to help others. So, it only seemed logical that we have our own group in the Facebook arena. Don’t worry about our forums, they still get plenty of action and many people now use both.
Events – This is a big one since local and national events are so popular. Back in the day, events would throw up a website to promote their event and take signups. Well, that has slowly been changing and many events are just opting to open a secret Facebook group to advertise. While a few events still use a website, many more are hidden in secret groups. Now, our members will have access to these events. Not familiar with events? Check out our event page!
Groups – Many moons ago, state and local groups would create a Yahoo group. This was when Yahoo was still relevant and it worked fine for what it was. The downside was that you had to have a Yahoo email address to join. Eventually, these too fell by the wayside in favor of secret Facebook groups. Just about every state and major city now has a secret group. Our members will have the ability to join these groups. Local groups are a very important part of the community and we are huge fans of them which brings us to our final point…
Accessibility – While secret Facebook groups are popular and fun, there is a huge downside…How do you access them? Since they are “Secret” they do not show up in searches nor do you know who is in the group. To get into one, you have to be invited by someone who is currently a member of that group. For that reason, people have difficulty getting into them or don’t even know they exist. We have taken care of that problem with our group. Now, our members have access to the large network of secret groups available.
What, exactly, are “Secret” Facebook groups? Here’s the scoop. There are 3 types of groups on Facebook:
Open – Anyone can see the group, its members and their posts.
Closed – Anyone can find the group and see the members in that group. Only members can see the posts. If you do a search on Facebook for “Herpes groups” you will find several. These groups are “Closed” groups and are very different than “Secret” groups.
Secret – This is the most private type of group. Think of it as its own container on Facebook. Only members can find the group, see the other members and the posts in the group. To answer the most asked question…Can my friends see?? The answer is “No!” YOU will see activity from the group on YOUR wall but your friends will be none the wiser that you are a member unless they also happen to be one. For example, if you comment, get tagged or even post a picture in the group, it stays within the group. Your other friends will not see it, period. Rarely does a group even have the word “Herpes” in their name, anyway. Fair warning, when joining a group, turn off the notifications of the group. Otherwise, you will get a ton!
One of the biggest concerns people have about joining a secret Facebook group is privacy. Your first thought is probably going to be, “OMG! I don’t want a bunch of strangers looking at MY Facebook page!” Not only is that a rational reaction but one that we totally understand. Just by having herpes or HPV, many of us are just used to living online in anonymity to protect our little secret and joining a secret Facebook group will be a huge leap. Well, most people in the groups feel the exact same way! Sure, it may be scary at first but after a few minutes, the nerves do settle down. You know others are there for the same reason you are and they respect their privacy as much as you do yours. We hope to see you on the inside!
If you are not already a member of HWerks, you now have another reason to join! Not only is our membership a low, one-time fee, you now have access to an entire network of secret Facebook groups and events!
Enjoy your day and live well!