What is Facebook?
A portal for social networking
Interact with friends
Share photos and/or videos
Email and instant messaging
Various forms of interpersonal communication
Operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc.
Who Created Facebook?
• Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook while
at Harvard University in February 2004
with roommate Dustin Moskovitz and
fellow Computer Science major Chris
• Initially created for college students
• Then moved to include high school
• Now open to anyone over the age of 13
• Facebook was developed in February
2004 with the name of “THE FACEBOOK”.
owned and operated by Facebook, Inc. As
of May 2012, Facebook has over 900
million active users, more than half of
them using Facebook on a mobile device.
Users must register before using the site
Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz
and Chris Hughes
• According to some press release The revenue of
FACEBOOK is $1184 million as on Q2 2012.
• Facebook generates revenue through display
• New York Times,
News Feed – highlights profile changes, birthdays and upcoming events
Wall – space on profile page to post messages
Photos – upload albums, tag friends and comment on photos
Videos – share videos; maximum length is twenty minutes and maximum
size is 1GB
Notes – blogging feature
Gifts – send friends a small icon such as smiley face or little green patch
Status – users update what they are currently doing, thinking or planning
Events – a way to let people know about upcoming events
Keep in touch with friends and family
Share photos and videos
Connect with classmates
Stay informed on community events
Select your own level of privacy
Ability to reject friend requests
A tool to be used in teaching students cyber
• Information and pictures may be used
against a person
• Sexual predators
• Cyber bullying
• Students under 18 providing too much
information (full name, address,
birthday, school, etc.)
Facebook’s Statement of Rights
• “WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT FACEBOOK WILL
BE SAFE OR SECURE. FACEBOOK IS NOT
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OR CONTENT OF
THIRD PARTIES, AND YOU RELEASE US, OUR
DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS
FROM ANY CLAIMS AND DAMAGES, KNOWN AND
UNKNOWN, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY
CONNECTED WITH ANY CLAIM YOU HAVE AGAINST
ANY SUCH THIRD PARTIES.”
• What does this mean? Let’s translate…
How can Teachers and Parents
Talk to our students
Discuss online safety
Check privacy settings
Explain ethical behavior and cyber bullying
Share how certain pictures and words can
damage a persons future
• Keep computers in an openly accessible room in
• Ask questions
How to select privacy settings on
your Facebook account
Control who can see your profile and personal information.
Control who can search for you, and how you can be contacted.
News Feed and Wall
Control what Recent Activity is visible on your profile and in your friends' home pages.
Control what information is available to applications you use on Facebook.
If you block someone, they will not be able to find you in a Facebook search, see your
profile, or interact with you through Facebook channels (such as Wall posts, Poke,
etc.). Any Facebook ties you currently have with a person you block will be broken
(for example, friendship connections, Relationship Status, etc.). Note that blocking
someone may not prevent all communications and interactions in third-party
applications, and does not extend to elsewhere on the Internet.
Here to stay?
• “Cool only lasts for so long, but being
useful is something that applies to
• -- Christopher Cox, Director of Product,