Join a Group

Joining a group helps you become involved in your community.

A group is a place for you to connect with people who share an interest. Groups can be about anything from human resources informational groups to after-work sports groups. People join a group to participate in discussions, keep track of the group-related documents, and remain aware of the group's activities.

There are four types of groups: open, members only, private, or secret. For more detail, see Types of Groups. The group types available in your community may vary. If they're available in your community, you can browse all open, members only, and private groups from the Places page to find groups of interest. To become a member of a private group, your join request must be approved before you are allowed to join. To join a secret group, you must be invited by an existing member of the group. Depending on how a group is set up, you may have to join it before you can collaborate on content in that group.

  1. In the main navigation, click your avatar and then Your Places.
  2. Select All in the left pane.
  3. Use the filtering options to find groups that interest you. For example, type accounting in the Filter by text area to find all accounting-related groups.
  4. Click the group title to open and look at the group. You won't see any secret groups here because you need a personal invitation to even know about secret groups.
  5. Open groups allow you to follow and participate in them without joining them. However, for members-only and private groups, you must join the group before being able to participate in them. After you Follow or Join a group, you'll see updates from that group in your Connections and custom streams.