Exploring Facebook Workshop at Scotch Plains Public Library


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Talk and discussion at Scotch Plains Public Library about Facebook: profiles vs. pages vs. groups. Introduced Timeline, privacy settings, FB events and security. We talked about how and why to set a strong password on all social media platforms.

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Exploring Facebook Workshop at Scotch Plains Public Library

  1. 1. Exploring Facebook A social media talk by Leora Wengerat Scotch Plains Public Library, May 2012
  2. 2. Friends on Facebook• You can send friend requests• Friends are mutual – both people must accept• Comparison: on Twitter and Google+, you can follow people even if they don’t follow you• On LinkedIn, you also must mutually accept a connection• You can unfriend someone (or just hide updates if you don’t want to unfriend)
  3. 3. Find Friends
  4. 4. Is Facebook for the young?• You must be 13 years of age to open a Facebook account.• Many seniors have learned to use Facebook – it can be a great way to connect with friends or family members.• Businesses and organizations use Facebook.• Facebook had 845 million monthly active users at the end of December 2011.
  5. 5. Facebook and Reunions• “I would share the family reunion success stories with them. My father (whos over 70) is amazing on Facebook. Not only does he keep in touch with his ‘common’ family, but researches genealogy with it, internationally!”
  6. 6. Facebook and Teens“Id advise parents to make sure they befriendtheir child or - better I think - make sure thechild befriends his aunts and uncles. It is niceto have responsible adults who can keep aneye on the childs activities on FB and also bethere when she/he feels the kid needs it.”– quote by a teacher
  7. 7. Privacy Settings
  8. 8. Timeline Privacy Settings
  9. 9. How to block gamesPrivacy Settings -> Blocked People and Apps -> Manage Blocking (see bottom)
  10. 10. Privacy and Appshttp://www.wchingya.com/2012/04/protect-privacy-facebook-apps.html
  11. 11. My motto about privacy• “If you don’t want it to appear on the top headline of the New York Times, don’t paste in on Facebook.”• But others disagree, and they work at setting privacy.• Problem: 1) easy to mess up privacy settings 2) your friends may not be as private as you.
  12. 12. Security
  13. 13. Set a Strong Password• The following guidelines will guard against someone finding out your password and using your account illegally:• Make your password as long as possible. The longer it is, the more difficult it will be to attack the password with a brute-force search. Always use at least 6 characters in your password, at least two of which are numeric.• Use as many different characters as possible when forming your password. Use numbers, punctuation characters and, when possible, mixed upper and lower-case letters. Choosing characters from the largest possible alphabet will make your password more secure.• Do not use personal information in your password that someone else is likely to be able to figure out. Obviously, things like your name, phone number, and address are to be avoided. Even names of acquaintances and the like should not be used.• Do not use words, geographical names, or biographical names that are listed in standard dictionaries.• Never use a password that is the same as your account number.• Do not use passwords that are easy to spot while youre typing them in. Passwords like 12345, qwerty (i.e., all keys right next to each other), or nnnnnn should be avoided. Try This If Youre Having Difficulty Selecting a Good Password If you are having difficulty picking a good password, one good method is to use the first letter of each word in a phrase you can easily remember. For example, "Alta is my kind of place" would be Aimkop. Another method is to intentionally use misspelled words, or words with a number or punctuation mark suffixed. Examples include: braekfast, kite276, and weather. (the period at the end is part of the password). Also, many hackers use numbers or punctuation instead of letters to do a basic encrypt of text, as in: h3llo is hello or he!!o is also hello. Dont copy any of these examples, but y0u g3t the d4ift! The more creative you are the better. http://wolfram.org/writing/howto/password.html
  14. 14. Tagging• When you are writing a status update and want to add a friends name to something you are posting, include the "@" symbol beforehand. As you type the name of what you would like to reference, a drop-down menu will appear that allows you to choose from your list of friends and other connections, including groups, events, applications and Pages. https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=218027134882349
  15. 15. Timeline for Profiles• Timeline introduced in 2011, enforced in April 2012• Add a cover photo: 850px by 315px (If you try a larger image to put on your cover page, Facebook will give an option to crop that image.)• Highlight featured posts• You can adjust your privacy settings so that any posts before your Timeline was published can be viewed only by your friends.
  16. 16. Add a screenshot of timeline profile here
  17. 17. http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php
  18. 18. Timeline for Pages• Also take a cover photo (851px by 315px)• Pages have room for apps – little boxes under the cover photo.• You can pin a post to top of page on Timeline for 7 days. You can also star/highlight a post.• You can set milestones for your business or organization.• You can show other “Liked” pages.
  19. 19. Screenshot of pages
  20. 20. Pages vs. Groups• Pages are public; groups are more intimate• You can set levels of groups to (secret, closed or public)• Compare with LinkedIn Groups (Facebook groups are simpler – maybe be better if all participants are on FB; LinkedIn Groups are a way to meet others)
  21. 21. https://www.facebook.com/about/groups
  22. 22. Screenshot of groups
  23. 23. Facebook Events
  24. 24. Add Value
  25. 25. Facebook ExpertsMari Smithhttp://www.marismith.com/Wong Ching Yahttp://www.wchingya.com/
  26. 26. Clickable links28 Essential Facebook Timeline Resourceshttp://mashable.com/2012/01/25/facebook-timeline-essential-resources/Compare Group vs Pagehttp://socialcompare.com/en/comparison/facebook-group-vs-page- winyswoFacebook Security Infographichttp://www.scribd.com/facebook/d/70451272-Facebook-Security-InfographicHow to Link Directly to a Particular Facebook Status Updatehttp://www.theinternetpatrol.com/how-to-link-directly-to-a-particular- facebook-status-update/