What is Facebook?Facebook is a social networkingWeb site intended to connectfriends, family, and businessassociates. It is the largest of thesocial networking sites.
How does Facebook Work?Facebook has millions of users,but you create your own profilepage and network within thatlarger group. After you become aFacebook member, you can invitefriends and relatives to join yourlist of friends.
When you visit your Facebookpage, you can update your"status," by sharing what youredoing or what youre thinking.Your friends will see that updateon their pages the next time theyvisit the site, and they cancomment on your status or sendyou private messages about it.
You can also share photos, videos,and Web site links with yourfriends and see the photos,videos, and links that theyveposted. No one but your selectedgroup of friends will see yourupdates.
Why Join Facebook?To keep up with friends & familyover long distancesTo reconnect with old friends &colleaguesTo share photos and videosTo share Web links to fun articlesTo create a private Web page foryour club or civic organization
To feed your addiction to onlinegamingPeer pressure… your kids aremaking you
To create a Facebook account, simply visitwww.facebook.com & complete the sign up form.
Navigation bar similar to that found at our public site, www.dbrl.org.Upon logging in, you are immediately directed to theHome Page, or “News Feed.” The center columnshows a list of stories that Facebook thinks you willfind interesting.
Navigation bar similar to that found at our public site, www.dbrl.org.The small box on the right shows newerstories in a continuously updating ticker ofthe newest stories from your friends.
You may share things with your friendsclicking on the type of item you would like to share.
Click on your name to look at yourpersonalized Facebook page. Navigation bar similar to that found at our public site, www.dbrl.org.
A short summary of your personal information,photos, friends, and likes can be found at the topof your profile page.
Below the banner, you will find your Timeline. Thisis where you will find items that your friendsposted for you as well as your own postings andlife events.
Click on the word “Friends” to theright of your personal informationor the large box below to edit your list of friends.
This will take you to a page showing all of your Facebook friends.
By placing the cursor overthe name of your friend you can change which lists a friend is in or unfriend them.
A Word About Facebook FriendsWho should you friend? Somepeople adopt an everyone-welcome policy on Facebook andaccept all friend requests; someonly want real-world contacts intheir friends list.
In deciding on the right approachfor you, bear in mind that thebigger your friend network is, themore application, event, and chatinvitations youll receive--and thatcan lead to some uncomfortablemoments and the occasionalfriend purge.
Ignore away. You are under noobligation to acknowledge aFacebook friend request, whetherit comes from a stranger or fromsomeone you know but dontwant as part of your digital life.After all, you wouldnt be obligedto seat visitors at your dinnertable if they showed up withoutwarning at your house at 7oclock.
Adjusting your Viewing and Privacy Settings Account Settings
You can adjust your viewing and privacy settings by clicking on the arrow in the upper right corner of the page.
From “Account Settings” you can update your personal and contact information..
Selecting “Security” offers options to ensure that youraccount is better protected from hackers, phishermen, and other nefarious types. You can also deactivate your account from this page.
When clicking on the “Notifications” tab, you can choosewhich updates to receive and in what format. For example,you can be notified via email or cell phone text every timesomeone writes on your wall.
Click the “Edit” button next to any type of notifications. Thiswill open up a list of specific events. Toggle the checkboxnext to any of them for which you wish to receive anotification.
If you choose not to receive your notifications via email, all will not be lost. You will alsosee your recent notifications at the top left any time you are logged into facebook.
Choosing the “Applications” tab offers you the opportunityto remove or edit the permissions for various third-partyapplications (also accessible through Privacy Settings).
The “Edit” button next to anyapplication will open up amenu with options for thatparticular application. Clickingthe “X” will remove theapplication.
Adjusting your Viewing and Privacy Settings: Privacy Settings
Any time you post something on Facebook, you can choose who gets to see that postdirectly below the text box. You can choose “Public,” “Friends” or choose a specificperson or group of people.
Choosing “Custom” will bring up a new window that allows you to choose who exactlycan see the post.
From the “Privacy Settings” page under the “Account” dropdown, you can select thedefault privacy settings for each post. This is the setting that facebook will automaticallyuse if you post from a place that does not offer inline privacy selection, such as yoursmartphone.
Farther down the page you will find the privacy settings for other parts of your profileincluding who can comment on your posts, who can send you messages, who can tag youin posts, settings for third party applications, and manage the people that you haveblocked from interacting with you.
Choosing “How you connect” will allow you to limit the number of people who can findand contact you on Facebook.
Choosing “How tags work” will allow you to either automatically approve when yourfriends tag you or require that you review these tags before they post to your profile. Itwill also allow you to determine who can see those tags.
Choosing “Apps and websites” will take you to a page that will allow you to alter the amount ofinformation that is available to individual applications. You can also delete unwantedapplications from this same page.
Choosing “Edit” next to any given application will show you the permissions that are available tothat application. Choosing the “X” next to the Edit button will allow you to delete theapplication.
The “How people bring your info to apps they use” tab will bring up a screen that allows youto decide what information of yours that friends can share with their games and applications.
The “Public Search” tab will take you to a page that allows you to determine whether non-facebook members can find you through general internet searches.