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  • 1. How to Use Facebook Quick Navigation Task 1: How to create a Facebook account? .……………………………………………………….. 2This document is used for Newcastle University Alumni training only. Task 2: How to update your profile? ……………………..……………………………….…………….. 5 Task 3: How to search & add friends? …………………………………..….………………………….. 6 Task 4: How to post your recent status? …….……………………….……………………………….. 8 Task 5: How to send message to a friend? …………………………………………………………… 9 Appendix I: What else can I do with Facebook? ………………………………….…………. 11 Appendix II: Similar services …………………………………...………………..…………………..... 11 Q: What is Facebook? Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, to share links, to share photos and videos of themselves and their friends and to learn more about the people they meet. Q: Why use it? With Facebook, you can:  Find old friends and/or relatives and keep in touch with them.  Make new friends and watch as your friends grow in your profile.  Talk to your friends more often and see what they are doing.  Keep up-to-date on your favorite TV show or stations.  Participate online charity activities, environmental actions. Help children/disabled people. Newcastle University | Alumni 1
  • 2. TasksTask 1: How to create a Facebook account? Q: Why need an account? A: An account is a passport to the social network on Facebook and it is your personal identification which tells your friend who you are. Essential Reminder about Privacy Protection Before you start using Facebook, please be aware that the information you published will be visible for every friends by default. To better protect the personal identification information and/or sensitive information you may have, you can set the proper visibility/permission through Facebook privacy settings. Please keep in mind that you will be responsible for the information you published. Step 1: Type in the address bar of your browser and hit Enter. Step 2: You will see the sign up area in the homepage of Facebook. Please fill out the form by simply keying in your first name, last name, email address, new password (for your facebook login), gender and date of birth. Once getting it done, click the green button “sign up”. Input your names here Input your email address Set your login password Your gender and date of birth Newcastle University | Alumni 2
  • 3. Tips: If you do not like the English version of Facebook, you can easily switch to another language by clicking a specific language link at the bottom.Step 3: You will see the security check box. Do not be scared. Just input thetwo words appearing above into the box. Please remember to input a spacebetween the two words. Click “Sign up” once you get it done.Step 4: You will be asked to input the password of your email account. Thisstep provides you a fast way to invite friends. You can input your password ofyour email account. However, let‟s skip this step and we will talk about it inthe following steps.Step 5: You will be asked to specify your education history and employer. Wewill talk about it in next step. Newcastle University | Alumni 3
  • 4. Step 6: This is the last step before you see your own Facebook homepage. You can set your profile picture by uploading a photo or taking an instant photo using your computer camera. You may need to make the photo ready beforehand if you want to upload a photo. In this guide, below picture was uploaded as Mr Pear‟s profile picture.Now you can see your own page of Facebook. There will be one message appearingon the top. It reminds you to check email sent by Facebook and completes the laststep of sign-up process. Newcastle University | Alumni 4
  • 5. Step 7: Please login your email account in another window. You will see that email (see the screenshot). Please make sure you clicked the link to finish the account creation. Once you finish this step, it means you have successfully opened a Facebook account. You will receive an email like this.Task 2: How to update your profile? Q: Why update your profile? A: Your profile contains the information about you, like who you are, where you are from, your favorite music, etc. The more information you provide, the more your friend will know you, and more friends you may have. Step 1: Locate and click the link “Edit my profile” which is next to your profile picture. Newcastle University | Alumni 5
  • 6. Step 2: Follow the instructions to edit your personal information. Tips: As mentioned above, the more information you provide, the more friends you may have. You may want to update your employer, education, personal interests. Simply click the navigation links on the left to switch to different categories.Task 3: How to search and add friends?Let us have two practices.Practice A: Add Johnson John as your friend. Step 1: Locate the search bar at the top of the page. Type “Johnson John” and hit ENTER. Tips: Probably there will be more than one person in the search result. To quickly find the person, you can input more information about this person in Newcastle University | Alumni 6
  • 7. the search bar, i.e. his employer or university. Step 2: Find that person and click the button “Add as Friend” in the right side of his name. Step 3: Click “Send request” then you just need to wait for approval. After the request was approved, you will receive a notification which appears at the top-left corner of your Facebook page. You will see your friend accepted your request.Practice B: Add Newcastle University Alumni Association as a friend. Step 1: Step 1: Locate the search bar at the top of the page. Type “Newcastle University Alumni Association” and hit ENTER. Newcastle University | Alumni 7
  • 8. Step 2: There will be more than one organisations listed in the result. Please find the top one, and click the button “Like” in the right side of the organisation. “Like” has the equivalent function to adding a friend. Now, you are able to see the recent updates of Newcastle University Alumni Association in your Facebook homepage.Task 4: How to post your recent status? Just one simple step: Locate the status bar under the “News Feed” of current page. Try to type “This is my first post on Facebook” and click the blue button “Share”. If it is your first time posting status, you will be prompted to set privacy. Just click “Continue” to publish this status to all of your friends. Newcastle University | Alumni 8
  • 9. Tips 1: How to view your friends recent status? Once your friend posted a status, you will see it in your Facebook homepage. This is what your friends will see. Tips 2: How to leave comment to your friends status? When you see friend’s status, you will also see a link underneath the new post. Click the “Comment” and type your comment words in the box.Task 5: How to send a message to a friend? Step 1: Locate the search bar and type the name of your friend. Click the person you want to send message to from the result list. Newcastle University | Alumni 9
  • 10. Step 2: When you opened his Facebook page, click “Send message” button in the top-right corner. Step 3: It is similar to composing an email. Type the subject of this conversation and the message you want to say in the message box. When you finished writing, click “Send” button at the lower-right side. Please be noted that the message will be seen by your friend only.Tips: If you received a message from a friend, you will see a notification.You can open it and reply it by typing the message and click “Reply” button. Newcastle University | Alumni 10
  • 11. Appendix I: What else can I do with Facebook?You can also do the following things (not limit to)  Chat with your online friends instantly, just like chatting with friends via SMS.  Upload photos and share with your friends.  Create and join interest groups, like „Hiking group‟.  Organise events and invite your friends to participate.Apart from what were mentioned above, you can do many things to help you buildyour own online network.Appendix II: Similar servicesThere are a number of popular websites which provide the similar services.Twitter: is a website, owned and operated by Twitter Inc., whichoffers a social networking and microblogging service, enablingits users to send and read messages called tweets. Tweets aretext-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the usersprofile page. Twitter: http://twitter.comMyspace: stylized My_____ and previously MySpace, is a socialnetworking website. Myspace became the most popular socialnetworking site in the United States in June 2006. According tocomScore, Myspace was overtaken internationally by its maincompetitor, Facebook, in April 2008, based on monthly unique visitors. Myspace: Newcastle University | Alumni 11