Facebook has launched the first phase of its site redesign, bringing new features to the site on Wednesday.

Launching Facebook Groups, the new offering will allow you to easily share information with a range of groups you've created.

"Facebook has always been a great place to share information with your friends and keep up with what they're doing. What hasn't been as easy is sharing information with small groups of people", says Facebook.

The idea behind the new system is that you'll be able to share pictures of your family with your family and pictures of your "away day" with your work colleagues.

"We've long heard that people would find Facebook more useful if it were easier to connect with smaller groups of their friends instead of always sharing with everyone they know. For some it's their immediate family and for others it's their fantasy football league, but the common concern is always some variant of, "I'd share this thing, but I don't want to bother 250 people. Or my grandmother. Or my boss", said Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook.

Now when a group member posts to the group, everyone in the group will receive a notification about that post the company has confirmed.

It means, says Facebook, that you won't have to guess anymore about whether your parents saw the pictures you posted of their grandkids.

"When I post in my family group, I'll know that they've been notified about it and that only they will see it. Since information posted in my new groups is only visible to group members by default, I can feel confident about who sees what I post," details Daniel Chai, a Facebook engineer on the Groups team.

If the thought of spamming your mates with updates of your holiday isn't enough you can now group chat them as well:

"One of them is group chat, one of our most frequently requested features. Until now, you've only been able to chat with one person at a time on Facebook. Now you can chat with everyone in your group at once".

Facebook says the new redesigned features have come into force because it is always "looking for ways to enhance overall user experience", and nothing else.  

Facebook has also announced that users will now be able to download a log of all the information they are sharing with the social networking site.