The friends component is a way for dues-paying members to identify that they know other members. Friendship is requested from one member and accepted by another. To Friend another member from the Directory List, click the “Add Friend” button in the far-right column. To Friend another member from an individual profile, click the “Add Friend” button next to the avatar photo.
Groups are gatherings of members, posts and other member-generated content.
Any dues-paying member can create a group and this person automatically becomes the Group Administrator. Group Administrators can approve requests to join, invite friends to congregate within a group, establish communications among members, and extend Admin privileges to other members.
Once a group is created, you may add members and message all group members from the Group Dashboard.