Today the social network has about 711 million users worldwide, 20.2 million in Germany alone. Facebook was founded in 2004 although became really popular in Europe in 2008 after it was offered in German, French and Spanish, too.
At Facebook you can not only share information and photos with your contacts, you can also express your interests in special topics by “liking” fan pages or by joining groups. The group currently most popular is CocaCola with 31,6 million fans, closely followed by Disney and MTV.
Most of these groups and fan pages have the purpose of representing a company, a celebrity, sports clubs or musicians etc. Thus, fans can be quickly informed about news, they can watch images and videos and even ask questions on the wall or discuss about topics.
But not every group has a specific purpose. The latest trend is: groups for pure entertainment. Most users joining these groups don’t feel the need to discuss and give opinion on the featured topics, but simply want to be entertained and make their contacts laugh again, like this group’s name describes it perfectly: “I read the group name, laugh, join, and never visit again”.
Here are some of the funniest and most bizarre Facebook groups:
The Facebook group for all of us who desperately try to explain to our family and friends what PR means, and what we do in our daily business. This group is worth seeing, especially because of the funny wall posts by our fellow “victims”.
Who isn’t fed up with his or her daily live every now and then – simply join this group, forget everything else (if only for a short time) and be delightet by the princess photos – or post one by yourself. And then of course, go back to work.
Westerwave – no one can reach me the water
A fan site for our “German outside minister” (foreign minister), or rather the mostly poor English skills of Guido Westerwelle. The page hosts update the page with new faux pas by “Westerwave” nearly daily via Twitter and on Facebook. But: His English is really “not the yellow from the egg!” (German phrase for “not exactly brilliant”, translated word-for-word)
Hi, I’m German! I wear Lederhosen & spend my free time yodeling & drinking beer!
As it is Oktoberfest time here in Germany: This page offers space for all the clichés other countries have regarding Germans. Bavaria seems to be representative for Germany, because if you believe in the clichés, all Germans wear only Lederhosen and Dirndl, drink beer, yodel and eat Weißwurst and Sauerkraut.
We are looking forward to hear about your favourite Facebook groups.