What is Facebook?
Facebook is the hugely popular social networking
site that allows you to make connections, share
interests, and join groups. As you may have heard,
Facebook is becoming more open and social and
impacting our experience of the web in ways we had
not dreamed of.
Facebook was started in 2004 by 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg when he was
a sophomore at Harvard University.
The website was originally called Thefacebook.com and was created to be a
social version of the published "face books" that were distributed at Harvard
to identify students.
By 2006, Facebook was available to anyone over the age of 13 with a valid
Facebook is the largest social network in the world with over 750 million
users worldwide. (July 2011)
The average user has 130 Friends and spends about 20 minutes on the site 40
times a month. (April 2011)
There are nearly as many users who are 55 and over as there are users who are
17 and under. (April 2011)
Zuckerburg has been involved in long-term legal disputes with co-founder
Eduardo Saverin and three other Harvard classmates (Cameron Winklevoss,
Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra) over the founding of Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook have been portrayed in the
popular 2010 movie "The Social Network" based on the book "The
Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich.
Zuckerberg is worth 13.5 billion dollars (April 2011) and has been ranked, along
with his co-founders, as the youngest billionaires in the world.
What can you do on Facebook?
Basically Facebook is a huge social network that
allows its members to communicate, connect and
engage with each other, both directly and through
various applications and features. More significantly,
Facebook is changing the way we interact on the web,
making our experience much more open and social.
NOTE: Facebook is constantly changing. The
information on the following pages are the basics
of Facebook but even there things may have
changed when you go to Facebook today.
The Wall (Home Page)
The Wall displays all of your Friends’ recent
thoughts, posts and activities. Whenever your Friends
update their status, it appears in the News Feed on
your Home page.
While the focus of the News Feed on the Home page is
your Friends’ Facebook activities, the purpose of your
Profile page is to record what you are doing and
thinking. This is where you can post your recent thoughts
and Facebook activities. When you record “What’s on
your mind”, it appears on your Profile Wall. Your Friends
can comment about your status updates or post a
message to your Wall as well.
Create an Account
Before you can use Facebook, you must create an
account. Creating a Facebook account is free. All you
need to get started is an email address and a few
minutes of your time.
In this lesson, you will learn how to create a
Facebook account. You will also learn how to modify
your account settings.
Tips for Creating an Account
When you create your account, keep these things in mind:
Use your real name.
While you might use a screen name or nickname in your email
address or on other sites, on Facebook, you should sign up with
your real name. Facebook is for connecting with people you
already know, so using your real name will make it easier for
them to find and trust you.
You can hide your personal information later.
When you sign up, Facebook asks you for personal information,
including your gender, birthday, and email address. After you've
created your account, you can always change your settings so
that this information isn't public.
Creating your AccountTo Create a Facebook Account:
Using your browser, navigate to
Under the words Sign Up, enter your personal
information and desired password.
When you're finished filling in your information, click
Complete the security check by typing the words in
the image into the box below it. If you have trouble
reading the words, you can try different words or
get an audio security check. When you're done, click
Now, you'll have the chance to find your first
Facebook Friends. To find Friends, enter your email
address and click Find Friends..
Add more information
If you want, you can now add information about your
high school, college, and employer. Click Save &
Continue when you're finished.
If you entered information in the last step, Facebook
will suggest Friends for you. Click anyone you want to
add as a Friend, then click Save & Continue. Or,
Add a picture of yourself to your profile. Click
Upload a Photo to select a file from your computer,
or Take a Photo to take a new photo with your
webcam. If you're not ready to add a profile photo,
Perfecting your picture
Once you're satisfied with your profile picture, click
Save & Continue.
Confirm your email address
Finally, you must confirm the email address you
used to create your account. Go to your email. You
should have received an email from Facebook. Click
the link to complete the sign-up process.
Your account is now ready to use.
Once you start using Facebook, you might decide
that you want to check and modify your account
settings. Changing these settings is optional, and
you can do it at any time.
To access these settings, click the Account drop-
down button and select Account Settings.
For your own safety and protection you should always
review the privacy settings of any application or
website you join on the web. Facebook privacy is
rather complex and its policies have often been
controversial in regards to how much user
information is being shared. That is why it is
important to have a good understanding of how your
information is shared and what policies and controls
Facebook has in place for privacy.
Essentials of Privacy
Here are five essential things everyone should understand about Facebook privacy:
By default, the information you share on Facebook is publicly visible. In
other words, if you never change your privacy settings, then anyone on Facebook—
or on the wider web— will be able to find and view your Facebook information and
Some information from your profile will always be considered public, no
matter which privacy settings you apply. This information includes your name,
profile picture, and gender, as well as the networks you belong to. If you'd rather
not share this information, don't include it in your profile.
When you connect with third-party websites and applications, you're giving
them permission to access and share information from your Facebook
account. You should pay special attention to what an application is asking you for
before you agree to connect to it.
Facebook advertisers use your public information to show you ads that are
targeted to your interests and personal information. Facebook does not share
information about your identity without your consent. However, if you click on an
advertisement, that advertiser may put a cookie in your browser for tracking
Facebook uses facial recognition technology to identify you in photos.
Facebook is able to use your tagged photos to collect data that will recognize your
face. Currently this data is only used to assist with tagging uploaded photos.
Minors and Privacy
Facebook offers some extra privacy protections for users
under the age of 18. However, these protections aren't very
strong. Minors do show up in public search results,
and anyone can view their most basic information, like
name and Profile picture. Unless they set privacy controls,
their other personal information— including contact
information, photos and updates— can be viewed by their
Friends and their Friends' Friends, which includes
people that the minor may not know, or wouldn't
otherwise want viewing their information.
We recommend that parents monitor their teenagers'
Facebook use, and work with their kids to set privacy
controls that make sense. Remember, children under the
age of 13 are not allowed to use Facebook.
As you become active on Facebook, you'll probably
start receiving invitations to use Facebook Apps and
Games. Apps and Games are applications that let you
interact with Facebook and your Friends in different
ways. The majority of these applications are created
by outside developers, not by Facebook itself.
Sharing your information
While most Apps and Games are free, you pay for
them by sharing your information. To sign up for
an App or Game, you must give it permission to do
certain things. This can include accessing your
profile data, posting on your Wall, and viewing
information about your Friends. Once you add an
App, it will never again ask permission before
using or posting your information.
Although you can't install an App or Game without
giving it permission to do what it wants, most Apps
and Games let you customize their settings and
limit the actions they can take with your account
after you've installed them. This lets you use Apps
and Games while keeping control over your
Friends’ Info too.
When you sign up for an app, you may be giving it
access to your Friends' information, as well as your
own. This works the other way, too: some of your
Friends' apps can access your information.
Fortunately, Facebook has privacy options you can set
regarding what your Friends can share about you.
YOU are in Control
No matter what your preferences are, you can control
how other sites work with your Facebook account by
changing your Apps and Websites privacy settings.
These settings even give you the option to turn off the
Facebook Platform completely.
Filling out your Profile Page
It's up to you to decide how much information you feel
comfortable sharing on Facebook. As you fill out your
Profile, you'll see that Facebook asks for information about
your relationships, hobbies, location, educational
background, and more. Don't feel pressured to include any
information you don't want to. You can leave any part of
your Profile blank and still be able to use and enjoy
Likes and Interests
When you created your Facebook Profile, did you include
information about things like your favorite music,
movies, and hobbies? These are called Likes and
Interests, and the information you share about them is
very valuable to Facebook. This information is used by
Facebook and others to gather data about people's
interests and to market, advertise, and make
suggestions to them based on their interests. This is a
common practice across the web that most people do not
mind or are simply not aware of.
When you add Likes or Interests, your Friends will be
able to see them on your profile as small thumbnail
images. Each of these images is a link to a topic page
about that thing or topic.
Not enjoying Facebook as much as you thought you
would? If you decide Facebook isn't the place for you,
you can deactivate your account in a few simple
When you deactivate your Facebook account, it
becomes invisible-- not just to other people, but to
you, as well. Once your account is deactivated, you
will no longer be able to access your or your friends'
images, notes, messages, and other information.
To Deactivate Your Account
In the top right corner of the page, click the drop-
down arrow and select Account Settings.
On the left sidebar of the Account Settings page, click
the Security tab.
Select the reason for leaving that best applies to
you. If you want, you can explain further in the text
Opt Out and Confirm
Click the Email opt out option if you do not wish to
receive emails from Facebook. Opting out from emails
means that you will not receive any notifications,
including invitations to events.
Facebook will ask you to enter your password. Type
in your password and click Deactivate Now.
Finally, Facebook will ask you to do a quick Security
Check. Type the text you see in the image, then click
Submit. If you are having trouble reading the text,
click Try another text to see a different word or click
an audio captcha to hear the letters, instead.
That's it. Your account is now deactivated. Of course,
Facebook doesn't want to see you go, so you have the
option to reactivate your account at any time using
the same account information.
To get the most out of Facebook, you will want to
connect with your friends and family. Fortunately,
Facebook makes it easy to find people you know and
add them as your Friends. You can even find old
classmates, colleagues and people with similar
How to Find Friends
Facebook is set up to encourage you to find Friends
by allowing Facebook to access and import your
contacts from your email and various other social
accounts. Facebook uses this information to connect
you with Friends and to make suggestions to you
based on your contact lists.
If you are uncomfortable with giving Facebook access
to your accounts and contact lists, then you can
search for Friends individually or through
networks, like city, employer, or school.
Once you find your Friends, you will need to send
them a Friend Request to get them to connect with
you on Facebook.
Select the Add as Friend link next to the person you
want to send a Friend Request to
The Friend Request dialog box will appear. If you
wish, you can send a message to the person along
with your request. When finished, click Send
Friend will have to Confirm
Keep in mind, the person will have to confirm that
they want to be your Friend on Facebook before they
can be added to your Friends list.
There are many things that you can share with your
Facebook Friends: personal updates, photos, links,
and more. Any time you choose to share something
publicly, it will appear on your Facebook Wall.
Your Facebook Wall is the part of your profile where you
and your friends can post messages, photos, links, and
more. It's also a place where Facebook posts brief updates
about your recent activity on the site-- which Friend you
just added, which photo album you just posted, which TV
show you just listed as a favorite, and more. Your Wall also
includes content you have shared from the Publisher on
the home page.
If this seems like too much sharing, you may want to
prevent certain types of updates from showing up. You
can delete and block many of these updates directly from
Posting on your Wall
In the right pane of your Facebook pages, locate
and click the Home button
“What’s on your mind” Box
Locate the What’s on your mind box, and type your
Once you click in the “What’s on your mind box”; two
boxes will appear “Public” and “Post”
If desired, click the Public box to set privacy controls
for the post.
When you are ready to update your status, click
Think before you POST!!
Post will be Published
The post will be published on your Wall and in the
News Feeds of your Friends
Post a Photo
The Status Update is only one example of something
you can share as a Wall post. You can also:
Click Add Photo/Video.
Upload a photoClick Upload a photo.
Click Browse to search for the photo saved on your
computer or on removable drive.
Click Save after clicking on selected photo.
Click Post to upload the photo.
Webcam or Create Photo Album
If you computer is set up with a web cam, you can
click Use Webcam to take a picture immediately and
post it to your Update Status.
If you wish to add more than one picture, you can
click Create Photo Album. Then you will follow the
same steps as adding a photo but add more photos.
Post a Video
To post a video follow the same steps as for a photo.
Ask Question allows you to take a poll.
Think before you post
Before you start sharing photos and videos, keep these things in
Only upload photos and videos you have permission to upload.
For instance, don't upload YouTube videos or copyrighted photos.
Instead, share links to those things on your Wall.
Think carefully about the photos and videos you upload. Before
sharing images of your friends, think about whether the material is
inappropriate, embarrassing or too personal. If you think your
Friends would be uncomfortable or displeased with other people
seeing a photo or video, don’t post it on Facebook.
Consider using privacy settings to limit the people who can view
your photos. While your friends might be excited to see those party
pictures, you might not want your boss to see them
Share on a Friend’s WallTo share something on a Friend's Wall, simply go to
their Profile and use the write something box. Note
that you cannot control privacy settings for the posts you
create on your Friends' Walls. For this reason, you should
think before posting anything that might be
inappropriate or embarrassing. If you don't want
other people to be able to see your post, just send it as a
Delete a Post
Occasionally, you might want to delete a Wall post,
whether it's a post from a Friend, something you
shared, or a recent activity update from Facebook.
Deleting a post is permanent. However, deleting a
post does not delete any related content. For
instance, if you delete a post about a comment you
made somewhere else on Facebook, the original
comment will not disappear.
To delete a Wall post of any kind, click the x to the
right of the post. When a dialog box appears, click
There is more to Facebook
This is just to get you started on Facebook. There is a
lot more to do within in the site. Create Photo
Albums, upload videos, games, sharing links, pictures
& videos, the site is limitless.
If there are any questions on a certain task you would
like to know, feel free to ask. Some tasks are harder
than others and take a little more time than others.
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