Home / Tech News & Announcements / Facebook launches Mentorships, matching people within Groups to help them guide each other

Facebook launches Mentorships, matching people within Groups to help them guide each other

Facebook — under fire for the role it has played in helping spread misinformation through its social media platform — has been turning its attention to more positive applications of its tools, such as strengthening communities , fundraising , and maybe even meeting  The One . Today comes the latest in that list: the company today announced the official launch of Mentorships, a free service that will pair people who need help or guidance with those who can provide it. Mentorships will start first with a focus on mentoring opportunities within specific Groups, which is a sizeable opportunity in itself, with collectively about 200 million Group members across the social network. Facebook will be extending the feature to a smaller selection of Groups before inviting more widely. When we first spotted Facebook testing Mentorships nearly a year ago , we’d guessed it would be a service focused on career advancement, coming as it did so soon after Facebook made a move into job listings and LinkedIn launching its own mentoring features . As it turned out, an early pilot of the service was announced during Facebook’s Social Good Forum, where the initial users were iMentor, a mentoring group focused on first-generation college students, and the International Rescue Committee. It’s the latter social good angle — helping provide guidance to people in need or for educational purposes rather than straight career coaching — that Facebook is going to focus on initially as the Mentorship service proceeds into a more widely available format. Early users of the mentorship feature include Mama Dragons , a group focused on providing support to Mormon parents of LGBTQIA children; and a group focused on learning how to make soap . (Yes, soap.) Mentorship product manager Gabriel Cohen said that the kind of help that mentors will be providing will vary widely, from helping new Group members “learn the ropes” in the Group, through to providing more direct support and guidance in whatever the specific area might be. For now, there is no element of payment involved in the service. “People are doing this out of a spirit of volunteering,” Mentorship product manager Gabriel Cohen said in an interview. Interestingly, in this first iteration, Facebook is banking the administration and running of mentorships not only around specific Groups, but Group administrators. That is to say, it’s up to Group admins to decide whether they would like to enable mentorships within their communities, and then it’s also up to them to pair people together, and make the introductions. Thereafter, they can communicate through a guided program set up by Facebook — which provides some guidance on how to proceed and check in with each other — or directly through Messenger

Continue reading here:
Facebook launches Mentorships, matching people within Groups to help them guide each other

About kanmg

Check Also

Melinda Gates wants tech philanthropy to focus more on gender gap – CNET

Less talk, more walk.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *