Join groups

Joining and participating in social groups 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 several types of groups. Depending on how your community is set up, your group options may differ. You can browse most of the groups in your community from the Places page and find groups of interest: groups anyone can fully participate in are called public groups. Other groups require you to be a member to participate in certain ways. Depending on how a group is set up, you may have to join it before you can collaborate on content in that group. Some groups require you to be a member to see any activity or content in a group, and others are invisible unless you get an invitation.

For more information about group types, see Types of groups.

To find some groups to participate in:

  1. In the main navigation menu, go to your avatar > 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. Select Groups to see a list of all the groups in your community.
  5. Select a group type in the All group types list to view only those groups.
    Restriction: You won't see any secret (also known as Private: unlisted) groups here unless you are invited to the group.
  6. Click the group title to open and look at the group.
  7. To join a group that requires membership, go to the group's landing page, then go to Actions > Join group.
  8. To join a private group, you can Ask to join this group and wait for the group administrators to approve or reject your request.