Introduction to Facebook
1. What is Facebook?
- · A “social networking” service and Web site launched in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard University.
- Users create a personal profile, add other users as friends, exchange messages, and join groups.
- Very popular- 1 billion registered users worldwide.
- A free service- Facebook motto: “it’s free and always will be.”
- Open to people 13 and older.
- Part of web applications that provide continuous conversation.
To go to Facebook, type http://www.facebook.com or type Facebook in Google. The home page looks like this:
If you are a new user, fill in the online forms below “Sign Up” and hit the Sign Up (green) button when ready: (More on this later).
If you are a recurring user, you can log on in the two spaces by the Log In button:
The main page should appear like this one:
On the left side you will see your name (below the symbol). The current screen is in “News Feed” mode, which displays all of the posts your friends and favorite groups have recently made. To search for people or organizations, type in the search bar:
To visit your FB (Facebook) page click on your name on the left side.
2. Viewing Your Profile Page
Your profile page will look something like this:
Each profile page consists of a wall, a space allowing both the user and friends to post messages that he/she can see. On the blue ribbon there is a red number (), which tells you that you have messages from your friends, or one of your friends has commented on one of your posts. On the far right side you will see a listing of your Facebook friends:
The people with green dots next to their names are currently on Facebook.
In 2012 Facebook announced a Timeline feature, a revere chronological display of a person’s history on Facebook and other life events. The timeline both replaces and combines the wall.
As you use Facebook more, hopefully you will make contacts with friends, make new friends, and join groups. You probably will see many friends’ posts that you like. Or you might a favorite person such as Justin Bieber or a television show like Breaking Bad. FB allows you to like someone’s page by clicking Like. Your profile page will display all of your likes, including movies, music, and books. You can like someone’s comments or add your comments to a thread by clicking Comment and type your response in the space box provided.
3. Adding Photos
At the center of the main page you will see a box like this one:
Click on Add Photos/Video. This box will appear:
If you click on Upload Photos/Video a box will appear asking for the location of the photo on the computer, whether it is stored on the desktop (main screen) or if it is on a disk. Most photos are stored as JPEG or TIF formats, or another format. Select the photo you want and the process will be complete.
You can also create a group of photos, or an album by clicking Create Photo Album. The process is the same as uploading individual photos.
You can also create a profile photo, or the main one people see when they access your profile page. Click on Photos and select a photo. Once you have selected one click Make Profile Picture.
You can also change the cover photo, or the background picture next to your profile photo. Move the mouse over the cover photo and click Change Cover.
4. Enjoying Facebook (While Protecting Yourself)
On your Facebook page you can customize or choose your privacy options. For individual posts, you have several options for who can see it: Everyone, Friends of Friends (your friends and their friends), Networks and Friends, Friends, and Custom. You can also choose whether or not to display your birthday.
While viewing certain pages, you may see: “X only shares some information with everyone. If you know X, add him/her as a friend or leave a message.” You can also do the same if you value your privacy.
As you use Facebook, you might encounter other problems involving you.
To Report Abuse:
- Click the photo you want to report.
- Hover over the photo, then click Options in the bottom right
- Select Report, then select I think it shouldn't be on Facebook and click Continue.
- Open the message you'd like to report.
- Click Actions in the top right.
- Click Report Spam or Abuse.
If you find a fake account pretending to be you:
- Go to the Timeline.
- Click the icon and then select Report/Block.
- Follow the on-screen directions to file a report.
· More information is available at the Facebook Help Center (http://www.facebook.com/help/).
· Please consult Facebook’s Community Standards (what content is allowed and not permitted on Facebook) at https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards.