Social networking site, Facebook, has launched Facebook Campus, a college-only space designed to help students connect with fellow classmates over shared interests. Facebook Campus makes it easy to find and start conversations within your college community.
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According to Facebook’s official statement, Facebook Campus will use new profiles which are seprate from the ones users already have on the main Facebook.
How Does Facebook Campus Work
To create a Campus profile, all students need is their college email and graduation year. Other information such as their major, classes, hometown and minor are optional. Once a Campus profile is set up, students can discover Groups and Events unique to their school, and connect with classmates who share similar interests. When content is shared on Campus, only people within Campus will see it. Facebook Campus will be accessible on the main platform, as a tabbed feature, much like Facebook Watch.
Do you still remember that Facebook started as a college-only website when it launched in 2004 as TheFacebook? Over the years, the platform opened its doors to everyone over the age of 13.
Features of Facebook Campus
- Campus-only News Feed: Campus is a college email-verified space designed for students to get updates from classmates, groups and events in a college-specific feed. Students can create study groups, plan virtual concerts or ask for advice with college-only Groups and Events.
- Campus directory: College is about finding your people, so we created a classmates directory to make it easy to find and meet new people. Like in the early days when Facebook was a college-only network, students can find classmates by class, major, year and more.
- New ways to chat: Campus Chats are real-time chat rooms. Students can create chat rooms for their dorm, clubs or any other groups they’re part of within Campus.
Facebook Campus is not available yet in South Africa. The company revealed that they are starting to roll out Facebook Campus to some of colleges in the US including Benedict College, Brown University, California Institute of Technology, College of William & Mary, Duke University and Florida International University. Students at these colleges can find Campus within the Facebook app.
facebook grew so big it has reinvented its former self pic.twitter.com/0X0AewVgNv
— rat king (@MikeIsaac) September 10, 2020
Can’t help but feel like Facebook Campus would be more successful if they opened it up to everyone, regardless of whether they were in school https://t.co/teEKIu5g9q
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) September 10, 2020
Facebook invents Thefacebook. https://t.co/1J4pg0QczJ
— Steven Levy (@StevenLevy) September 10, 2020
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Zita Zimande is a sports news journalist from the University of Johannesburg. Besides being a sports fanatic, she loves to cook during her spare time.