This introduction to Facebook is for anyone who may be unfamiliar with online social networks. Discover the process of signing up and learn why you would use Facebook in the first place, how to begin uploading pictures, connecting with friends and adding applications. As a bonus, AC content producers will find links to Associated Content’s Facebook resources.
Who uses Facebook?
Who doesn’t? According to USA Today, there are now more than 175 million members who log on to Facebook. (By the way, it is Facebook, not Face Book.) Signing up is simple. Visit the Facebook homepage, provide your full name, email address, think of a password, specify your gender, and enter your birth date. Congratulations! You are now a member of Facebook.
Why is Facebook One of the Most Popular Social Networks?
Facebook users can connect with people they have common interests with, high school friends, that college girl or boy they never quite got over, and anyone else they think will enhance their social networks. Add up to 5,000 friends, and find a huge audience for your blog posts, YouTube video, photos, and links. Moreover, it is here that you can play silly games and share them with your friends.
Yet before you join the friend making frenzy, get your own corner of the Facebook wall in order. Navigate to the settings option and join a network. The most common network is the city in which you live.
Tab over, and determine your notification preferences. Carefully adjudicate when Facebook may send you an email. If you simply opt in to notifications on anything, do not be surprised if you receive more Facebook emails than you know what to do with!
Where Can You Hook Up with Facebook?
If you are a serious people person and chat function junkie, consider activating the Facebook Mobile option to have the site text you when it sends you an email notification. With the help of your mobile phone, you can also update your status and upload videos and photos from the phone.
What Can You Do on Facebook?
Facebook offers a growing catalog of applications to its users. At this time, there are right around 52,000. They let you put together virtual charm bracelets and exchange charms with your friends, you can play games, participate in contests, and have fun.
To add photos, simply click on the photo icon on the lower left. It will bring up the photos everyone else posted. Then click on “create a photo album” and you are good to go. The same holds true for uploading videos. There is the video camera icon on the bottom left, and an upload or record option. Remember: anything you say can and will be used against you by your spouse, love interest, or employer (past, present or future).
When Your Facebook Page Gets Cluttered
On Facebook you have your home page, your profile, your friends listing, and your inbox. More often than not, you will spend time on your home page. This can get cluttered with friends posting comments on other friends’ walls, or in response to notes posted.
Limit the stuff you see by going to the bottom left of the screen and clicking on the Options for News Feed link. You will see a medium default setting for anything that shows up on your home page. Increase or decrease visibility to suit your taste, and your Facebook page should lose some clutter.
How Can I Maintain My Privacy?
If you had wanted privacy, you would have stayed away from social networks. That said, consider Facebook one big, loud party where anyone and everyone can overhear what you say and post. Nevertheless, there are some ways of whispering to limit your exposure.
Click on the settings option and choose privacy settings. Next, control your basic profile privacy. Whom will you grant access? Only friends? Friends of Friends? Safeguard your contact information by limiting access to your address, phone numbers, and – most importantly – email address. Keep a close eye on your news feed and wall as well. Limit the actions that your friends are allowed to see.