Like many websites, Facebook is constantly evolving. Controls change or are renamed, new tools are introduced, and the company may alter the look of a page or function.
This class is intended as an overview on the basic principles of Facebook. For up-to-date instruction on any element of the site, click on the Help link at the bottom of any Facebook page (you do not need to be registerd or logged in to search or view Facebook's Help area).
Users must be 13 years old and have a valid email address.
In theory, you must be yourself--no aliases or multiple accounts
Sign up form appears on the Facebook homepage (www.facebook.com). Aside from providing your name and email, you'll also be prompted to search for friends, provide school and employment information and submit a profile photo.
Remember you only control your own security settings. A comment you make on a friend's wall or photo may be visible to the world. Proceed accordingly.
Don't assume that your friends' security settings are as strong as yours. If you see something suspicious (such as receiving a message or link that seems like spam), their account may have been hacked. Notify them and report it to Facebook (detail available on Help page).
Facebook allows you to create hierarchies of friends so that information can be shared selectively. You can create a Group or a List to separate family, work friends, former classmates, etc. You can also hide a particular person or persons from receiving a piece of information. Go to the Help area to learn more about how to set up Groups and/or Lists.