With over 2.5 billion users, Facebook has become the central resource for finding businesses, jobs, friends and even buying and selling items. You may notice that specific business pages you used to follow and see posts from regularly, have been replaced by activity from Facebook groups.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Facebook algorithm. It means that the folks over at Facebook program what does and doesn’t show up in your feed. The algorithm is moving more towards Facebook groups, meaning you are more likely to see the activity from groups in your feed over anything else. Searching for and joining groups that are relevant to your areas of interest can be helpful in gaining valuable insight from others but also in growing your network of fellow professionals.
What are Facebook groups?
As described by Facebook, groups are the place for small group communication and for people to share their common interests and express their opinion. Groups allow people to come together around a common cause, issue or activity to organize, express objectives, discuss issues, post photos and share related content.
How to find Facebook groups?
Search for group on Facebook search bar
To find groups that you are interested in you just have to go to the Facebook search bar and put the keyword or industry you are searching for.
Select groups from the Facebook sidebar
In case nothing shows up on the search bar, you click on “find more results for …”
And then “groups” and you will find groups related to your search. You can sort groups by:
- Group type (open or closed)
- Your friends who are in these groups
If you find one that interests you, look at its subject, type of group, description, members and decide whether you want to join.
Join the Facebook group
If you want to join a Facebook group, all you have to do is click on “join” and depending on the type of group you will either be accepted right away or have to wait for an admin to accept you.
Groups for Pipeline Professionals
If you’re looking to connect with other inspectors across the country, gain useful tips on job hunting or to stay up to date on the latest training and certification requirements, joining an industry Facebook group can be helpful. Some groups are geared to general pipeline content and others are more specific such as the API 1169 Pipeline Inspectors of America group.
Pipeliners of America
Members – 35,000+
Pipeline Oilfield Inspectors
Members – 4,000+
Certified Welding Inspectors
Members – 2,000+
API 1169 Pipeline Inspectors of America
Members – 400+
Pipeline Inspectors of East Texas
Members – 2,000+
Members – 1,800+
United Nace Inspectors
Members – 500+
It’s worth it to note that most groups have etiquette rules and general rules on interacting with others in the group. Be sure to read the rules carefully before posting or the admin will remove you from the group if found in violation of the code of conduct.