Facebook Rooms: An Overview

Facebook Rooms: An Overview

facebook roomsFacebook recently launched a new app called Rooms, a space inspired by throwback old fashioned forums, message boards and chatrooms that were popular during the early days of the Internet. Essentially, it’s a publishing tool that gives moderators more control over everything, from choosing the appearance of the discussion space or “Room” and determining who gets to join it.

While the app is based on late ’90s Internet tools, it’s been rebooted to serve today’s audience. Instead of just hosting long forum posts, the Rooms app is ideal for sharing photos and videos. It’s like a mash-up between Instagram and old-style college message boards.

On Rooms, users can create a room with any theme, from skydiving to needlepoint.  Moderators can choose whether to invite a select group of people or just post the invite to their social network accounts to make it public.  The chats are invite-only, and users can join a new room by using a circular QR code that existing Room members can pass along by posting it online anywhere or even as a printed photo offline. People can join the room by taking a photo or a screen shot of the code, which will be recognized by the app.

Of course, there are issues with anonymous apps; Facebook will have to monitor user safety in an environment where people can hide behind whatever username they choose. The app includes moderation tools, like the ability for room creators to review posts before they’re published, or set an 18-and-over age limit. Users can also flag inappropriate content, which is then transferred to a team of human moderators at the ready 24 hours a day.

As legal recruiters, we’re also going to mention that you should be cautious about what you say on the Internet. Just because a room looks anonymous, it doesn’t mean that it is. Be selective.

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About Kimberly MacMillan

As Partner, Kimberly is responsible for leading the full-cycle recruitment process and managing the day-to-day operations of the office. She also develops and executes creative sourcing strategies that ensure effective talent acquisition of top-tier candidates. Serving as the main point of contact for clients, she, along with her team, endeavor to facilitate a successful completion for every recruit.

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