Hacking Your Makeup Swap Groups on Facebook

Posted by SweetCloud Clothing on May 3, 2017

If you’re like us, you may have stumbled your way into a makeup swap group or two on Facebook. No shame. It’s fun as hell and a well run group will likely have minimal drama (shout out to all the amazing admins out there).

Great admins are key to a great group experience. There are also some things you can do to make your group membership even better.

1 Turning on notifications vs a “follow” comment

For the relative Facebook newbie, it might come as a surprise to find out that you can essentially subscribe to a post without commenting on it. Sometimes, one might use this to stealthily stay in the loop on a controversial post. It’s also helpful if another group member posts a query that you’d like to know the answer to as well.

You can also accomplish this by commenting “following” (some folks get mighty creative with their “follow” comments). However, that can become annoying for all the folks who have either already commented something helpful or are also following. Especially if a post is garnering many comments. That’s where the handy “turn on notifications” comes in handy.

However, if there’s a post you’d like to follow that hasn’t received many comments, you should comment on it. Commenting will bump the post up in the group feed and get more eyes on it.

2 Using the search notification feature

Is there something that you’ve had on your ISO but you keep missing out when another group member has it for sale or swap? Head over to the group page, and search for the item. On the sales post search results, you get the option to turn on notifications for that item. Assuming the seller lists the item in the description and spelling is accurate for both parties, you’ll get notified as soon as it goes live. Hope your PayPal account is funded!

3 Blocking other members

There will always be at least one member of the group that you just don’t jive with. Instead of engaging in bullshit, just block them. It’s a lot easier and you probably won’t miss out on much (plus your feed will feel more relaxed).

4 Facebook Groups app

If you are a member of a lot of groups on Facebook, it can get a little bit insane to manage. One way to reduce clutter in your regular newsfeed and Facebook app, is to remove all the group posts from your main feed, and stick to checking them in the standalone group app.

You also get a better groups experience. It’s far more user friendly and you can really fine tune your notifications per group.

5 Etiquette

Finally, let’s talk about etiquette. Don’t hijack another member’s post. Make sure OP gets what they’re ISO before you swoop in to buy or swap (and sellers should be mindful of this as well).

Search the group before making a new thread. If someone has recently posted the same question as you, your answer may already be available. Be kind. Sometimes posts or questions might seem really obvious; remember not everyone had the same access or experience as you. If you must be critical, make it constructive.

Don’t start drama.

Don’t ask an easily google-able question. If you are curious about the return policy at Ulta, check their return policy page at Ulta, or get in touch with their customer service.

Finally, and absolutely most importantly, READ THE FUCKING RULES.

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