What? You’re not on Facebook?
Emerging Technologies Presentation
By Traci Wright
• Facebook is the #1 Social Networking Site (open
• It is has more than 7.3 million active users
• Fastest growing demographic in the 25 and
under set – originally geared to the college and
What is Facebook?
Facebook is both:
a social utility that connects you with
the people around you;
a content aggregation hub.
• Users must be thirteen years of age or
• Users under the age of eighteen must
currently be in high school or college
• Users must agree to and abide by all the
• By making connections between people
visible, it is a tool for finding work, love,
• Could make new friends through friends or
• Build support –allows caring
people in your life informed of your
challenges and vice versa
• To celebrate success – not enough of
this going on!
• Keeps you connected to friends and
family in different locations
• Safer than chat rooms to meet people
• Aggregate the range of services you use across
the web in a single location
– Useful tools such as SkypeMe displays
current status and visitors can place a call to
your account with a single click
– Presence broadcasting features of tools like
Twitter and Jaiku
Twitter tweets directly from FB,
displays current status on profile and
can view friends’ timelines while on FB
- Can combine SNS websites
-Photo and video sharing
capabilities sites such as Flickr and
• Information Overkill
Can’t get rid of feed completely
Twitter is better for this because YOU
decide what is shared
With Mini feed everything is visible
Anyone is free to ask to be your friend; it is
up to you to decide if you want to do that or
You are also free to invite another person
to be your friend and they, too, have the right
to add you or not.
I have found it helpful to establish rules
for my facebook friends.
For example, when I get a request from
someone I don’t know, I politely explain
that I use my fb to keep track of my
friends’ statuses and updates, and so I
don’t add anyone as a friend unless I
have met them in person. I find this
avoids hurt feelings and most are
Some of us are concerned over it becoming
a popularity contest. It is helpful to decide for
yourself, before you begin, your reasons for
having a facebook profile and to use it for that
purpose, and not be concerned over how many
friends you have, or worry when you lose one.
There are many reasons why someone might
delete you from their facebook, and often they
are not personal or related to you specifically.
However, if you are highly sensitive, you might
have to decide not to add anyone that you are
not in regular contact with.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
• In order to access profiles on Facebook, you
MUST have a profile yourself.
• If you don’t want someone to see you or contact
you EVER, you can block that person. They will
not know you blocked them other than they
won’t be able to find you.
• Concerns about on-line communication taking
away from face-to-face social interaction
Messages can be sent to multiple friends at
once with replies sent to everyone initially
messaged, or the responder can choose to
message only the sender. This is helpful in
planning where schedules need to be
considered, etc., similar to a forum or
Anyone on facebook can message
you if they can see your profile
unless you block this feature
New messages indicated with a number beside
Inbox tab at top of Home page.
Once in Inbox, there are four tabs; Inbox, Sent
Messages, Notifications and Updates.
I’m not sure why notifications and updates are
included here. They are not relevant to email but to
your facebook in general. Notifications are also
shown on the bottom right hand of your page toolbar
(regardless of which page you are on) as a little
Found on Friends page under Phonebook and
Found by clicking on Calendar page icon on the
Applications toolbar at the bottom of any FB page.
Once on Events page, four tabs are displayed;
Upcoming Events (yours), Friends’ Events, Past Events
You can plan your own events and send invitations
out to your friends even if they aren’t on facebook
Guest lists can be hidden, replies hidden, or all
displayed depending on your choices
Three different places to write what you like. On
your Home page, the question is posed, “What’s on
your mind?”, on the Profile Wall page, you and/or
your friends are urged to “Write something...” which
is then fed through the mini-feed to your friends, and
your mobile unit as a text message if you have signed
up for it, and on your Friends page under Status
Updates you are asked, “What are you doing now?”
Blogging via Notes
Might be considered weak compared to other
Accessed on Home page on the left hand side
Control of personal information posted by
Control of information posted by others
(which even if you don’t have a profile can be
posted on FB)
FB will remove data as stated in their Terms
of Use under User conduct
Sharing of information
Unsolicited comments/postings of/by others
If you’re still curious to try
It’s only a click away, and
completely free other than asking
for a few bits of personal info.
Go to www.facebook.com
Click on Sign up For Facebook
Sign In Page
All information needs to be provided, but will not be posted on your profile page
unless you ask for it to be displayed. Click on Sign Up.
This is the information you choose to share with your friends, your friends and network,
everyone or no-one depending on your privacy settings.
This is my Wall where my friends can
To post a profile picture, click on the upper right hand corner of the photo
box and choose an option. If you don’t have a digital photo of yourself,
post messages to me or I can post
perhaps a friend does and they can email it to you, or once they are added
messages that all can see, and are fed
as a friend they can post it, tag you, and then you can add it as your profile
shot if you like. Facebook will even take your picture for you if you have a through the Mini-feed on my friends’
Home page. It also shows my recent
activity (Friends added, walls I’ve written
Profile Privacy Overview
By clicking on Settings on the right hand side of the Top tool bar, you are able to
set your Privacy settings for your Profile , Search, News Feed and Wall, and
This is also where you block people you do not want to be able to find you in a
search, see your profile or interact with you in any way on facebook.
Profile - Basic Privacy
From Privacy (manage) (found under Settings),
Click on Profile (Basic will be the first page to view) to control who can see your
profile and related information; and
Contact Information to control who can see your various contact information
and see how a friend sees your profile
News Feed and Wall - Privacy
Return to the Privacy page and click on News Feed and Wall
On the right at the top is an explanation of what will never be displayed
Below that is a list of what MAY be posted if you don’t edit the Applications settings
and a place to do that
This is also where you control what goes on your Wall and through Recent Activity
Applications - Privacy
Return to Privacy page and click on Applications.
This Overview page opens up and explains how Applications interact with your
The Settings tab at the top takes you to the page where you can control what types
of information your friends can see about you through applications.
Once you have created your Profile and edited your
privacy settings, it is time to start adding friends and
exploring the various pages that comprise your Facebook.
Facebook will prompt you through the various processes.
When you are deciding on your privacy settings, you
might also take the opportunity to decide on what friends
you would like to add (work, high school, interest group
friends, etc.). These can be placed in groups.
Facebook will ask you if you want it to extend
invitations to those in an existing contact list. If you
choose this option, MAKE SURE you review the
invitations prior to sending. You are NOT able to
rescind an invitation (friend request) once it is sent.
You are, however, able to delete the person if they
accept your friend request, but it is easier (and less
open to insult) if the request is not issued in the first
After your initial extension of invitations to
friends, from your Home page you will find a tab
that says CONNECT WITH FRIENDS. There are two
Once a friend has accepted your friend request
(or you have accepted theirs), you can view their
profile (again depending on their privacy settings).
You can read their Wall, access their personal and
contact information, photos they have posted, and
their application boxes.
You can also see their friends, as well as your
mutual friends. By looking at your friends’ friends,
you send friend requests to them if you desire.
The following slides highlight some of the various
pages that make up yours and your friends’
Status Updates Page, found under Friends Tab
Status updates are
what is written by
you and your friends
in this box and
transmitted to the
mini feed and on this
Each of the words on the top toolbar are tabs and take you to
different pages in your facebook.
Facebook The icons on the bottom toolbar take you to various applications.
Page Some are standard to every facebook profile while others are added
My Events Page
Shows my RSVP status and any other information included on the invitation
By clicking on the title of the event, the fb page will be displayed, and depending on
the privacy settings of the event, I might be able to see who is attending or not,
comments added, or pictures and videos contributed by guests or the hosts.
By looking at the guest list, I might be able to locate mutual friends that I would
like to add to my friends
Also found under the Events icon are Friends’ events, past events, and friends’
birthdays (if they have that information displayed on their profile.
This page is accessed by clickingon the Groups icon at the bottom of any facebook page
It displays groups I belong to on the left, and groups my friends belong to on the right
The Browse Groups tab at the top allows you to view all groups in facebook at large.
Things to remember
Set Privacy settings!
Use it as a tool.
Explore and enjoy.
Keep connected with those you care about.