Facebook groups are monumental to the Zillennial generation; those born during the ‘Millennial’ period but grew up in the 00’s. I’m talking to you, 1994 to 1999 babies! Facebook Groups were created for the sake of building community and bringing together like-minded people. We’re personally avid fans of them, whether they’re Buy & Sell groups, Flats Available, or even fandoms. The best memes are the ones from average citizens, the best sales are ones from website that don’t get such a big percentage (*screams in Depop-you-take-10%*), and even ones that just share stories about what it’s like growing up from a specific culture, they’re superb too.
With the emergence of Covid, Facebook groups have allowed one to feel less alone, whilst enjoying the comfort of not actually having to see someone when you really can’t. They just give that little fix of efficiency and fun. So fun. So, here are a couple of Facebook groups the Craccum team urges you to look into.
“The Clothing Bin”
Super great. Imagine if your Clothing Bin was filled with hot baes at the bottom who would buy your second hand clothes. Baes who would actually pay for clothes you don’t want to use anymore, and would love them wholeheartedly? The Clothing Bin, is an New Zealand based Buy & Sell group, where you can take pics of clothes you don’t want (even shitty pictures, they don’t have to look IG-esque), and people honestly buy them within a day. The best part is FB won’t get a cut from a sale you just made, and the sales are so much easier than on Depop.
There’s an Auckland version, and obviously ones for different cities. It truly is *chef’s kiss*. Speaking from experience, I met my flatmates here, and now I’ve been living with them for two years. Happier than ever! Plus, the absolute reach that Facebook groups have allow such an allotment for time and choice, before you make the important decision: do I really want to live with this person or not? Yeah nah.
“Tramping in New Zealand”
I’ve been on one Great Walk so hiking is my personality now. This group is the Zomato of campsites, huts, and hikes across the country and is honestly great for anyone who walks. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful two-hour meander along Auckland’s west coast or an Edmund Hillary style multi-day, glute-burning, knee-destroying sesh, you’re sure to find the info you need. You can also find reviews of gear, dehydrated food brands, and an array of stunning pics, which could be used to prove to your friends and family that the place you went to was actually pretty and not just 0.5 megapixel trees—‘cause who wants to spend oxygen taking a decent picture when they’re boosting it up a mountain?
“Zoom Memes for Self Quaranteens”
With almost a million members gained over the past two years, it’s safe to say no matter where you were quarantining in the world there was one thing all students loved… memes. It’s your daily dose of student banter and classic lockdown nostalgia jokes that are just the ticket to get you to the procrastination station and completely lose your train of thought. A simple but sturdy group that always brings a little extra light-hearted fun into a student’s life. If you’re not already in the group, what are you even doing?
“Quotes from Professors at UoA”
Apparently this group is one of the few Facebook groups that are not under surveillance by the University (if you remember that scandal), but who knows how long they can keep that title once this gets published. It’s so easy to get sucked into scrolling through the posts when you’re reading lecturers’ attempts at being funny and witty in their lectures (attempting and succeeding, to be truthful). There are quotes from lecturers in all the various faculties, but most notably, there are a lot from the Science departments and the Law faculty. I guess when it’s hard to keep your class interested in what you’re teaching, you just gotta learn to be entertaining!
“Memebo No. 6”
Nothing is better than having a group full of like-minded, fun, mostly non-m*n gathering together to share their meme folders. If you’ve got a gripe with dating in the 21st century, and especially if you date m*n, this is the group for you. I’ve literally peed a little before while scrolling through this group, and everyone is always supportive in the comments. #yassqueen. Memebo No. 6 is truly an oasis away from mean Karens who will mock your hair and random middle-aged men trying to get your number. It’s a place to share how one feels about the world burning, screengrabs of m*n being idiots, and to complain—but in a fun way, not a can-I-see-your-manager way. It’s a meme group for the whole friend circle!
“Craccum Community 2022”
This one is self-explanatory. Join us on Facebook to chat shit, discuss ideas, and keep up-to-date with the coming issues. Being a contributor means getting to hang out with us, the certified coolest people on campus, and you could get your work published! Whether that’s cool artwork, important kōrero, holding the University accountable or ranking all the food at Shadows, we’re here to provide a platform for student voice. That could mean you! Plus, you get to see your work in print. So, haere mai!