Beginner's Guide to Facebook

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  • GETTINGTHEMOSTOUTOFFACEBOOK

    ThisguidewillhelpindividualsgetacquaintedwiththesocialmediaserviceknownasFacebook.Facebook,foundedin2004,istheworldsleadingsocialmediaservicewithanestimated900millionusersworldwide.Nowfarremovedfromitsearlydays,Facebookhasbecomethegotowaythatindividualskeepupwitheachother.Indeed,consideringitsuserbase,thetoolsthatFacebookprovidesserveindividualsgreatlyinkeepingintouchwithlovedones,friends(andsometimesenemies!),alongwithbrandsandpublicfiguresthattheylove.Today,beingconnectedmeanseverythingandisaseasyasever,andFacebookhassetouttoconnecttheentireworld,onepersonatatimeinshort,itistheepitomeofthesocialnetwork.

    ThisguidewillgiveanoverviewofsomeofthemorebasicfunctionsofFacebook.Inshort,thisguidewillshowindividualshowtosetupwhatiscalledaprofilepage,howtokeepupwiththeircurrentnetworkoffriendsaswellashowtofindoldfriendsthatyouhavehavelostcontactwith,howtoaddpicturesandvideo,andhowtocommentonandlikecontentpostedbyothersinyourpersonalsocialnetwork,amongstotherthings.Someofthesethingswillbesupplementedwithpicturestomaketheprocesseveneasier.Whenitcomesdowntoit,thebasicfunctionsarenotdifficulttounderstandandanyoneinterestedwillhavetheskillstojumprightinandgetconnectedwiththeworldafterreadingthisguide!TheHomepage

  • Aslongasyoudontalreadyhaveanaccountandarecurrentlynotloggedin,thiswillbethefirstthingthatyouseeuponenteringhttp://www.facebook.comintoyourbrowser.Thisisthehomepageandservesastheentrancetoyourprofileandbeingconnectedwithyourfriendsandfamily.Onceyouhaveanaccount,youllbeabletoheadtothetopofthispageandsimplyputinyouremailaddressandpassword(whichyouwillchoose),andbeonyourway.Fornowthough,youllbefocusingontheformundertheboldedSignUp.JustgiveFacebooktheinformationtheyneedhereandyoullbeonyourwaytoconnectingwithmillionsofpeople(someofwhichyouknow,ofcourse!)Note,aswell,thatFacebookdoesneedyourrealfirstandlastname.Youllalsowanttogiveityourrealfirstandlastnamesothatyouareeasytofindforyourfriends(theyalsodontlikefakenamessoalastnamelikeSomebodyorAnyonewontwork).Ifyoureworriedaboutstrangersseeinganyparticularinformation,youcandealwiththatlaterintheprivacysettingsofFacebook.TheFirstFourStepsSoyouvegivenFacebookyourfirstandlastname,toldthemyourbirthday,andeventoldthemyourgender!Well,yourealmostthereinregardstohavingapage.Asyoucanseeonthefollowingpage,therearefourstepsyouneedtocompletetohavethemostbasicprofilepossible.

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  • 1. Firstoff,youwanttofindyourfriends.Grantedmanyfriendsofyoursareinyouremailaddress

    contactlist,Facebookcanfindthemeasilyiftheyreontheservice.IfyoudecideyoudontwantFacebooktouseyouremailscontactlistasabaseline,thensimplyhitSkipthisstep.

    2. Nowyoullwanttofilloutyourprofileinformation.This,inparticular,iskey.Themoreinformationyousharehere,theeasieritwillbeforyourfriends(botholdandnew)tofindyou.Asyoucanseeintheattachedpicture,youcanfillinyourhighschool,college,employer,currentcity,andhometowninformationtoguideFacebookintherightdirection.ThiswillalsomakeiteasierforFacebooktofindpeoplethatyoumayknowthroughaserviceithascalledSuggestions.Youneverknowwhoyoumighthaveforgottentolookforand,sometimes,Facebookhelpstoleadthecharge.

    3. AtthenextstepyoullbeaskedtochooseInterests.ThiscanstemfrommajorbrandstopublicfiguresandcelebritiesthatupdatetheirFacebookpageswithfreshcontentdayinanddayout.Youcanchooseasmanyinterestsasyoudesiretofollow,andwillseeupdatesonyourFacebookpageofwhattheyaredoingandsharingwiththeirfollowers.Ofcourse,youdonthavetofollowanybrandsorpublicfiguresandcansolelyuseFacebookasawaytokeepintouchwithfriends.Ifthatsthecase,feelfreetoskipthisstepaswell.

    4. Lastly,youllbelookingtouploadaProfilePicture.Whenpeoplesearchforyourname,whenyoulikeorcommentonsomething,orwhenyousendorreceiveamessage,yourprofilepictureiswhatpeoplewillsee.YoucanchooseonefromyourcurrentselectionofphotosonyourcomputerbyclickingUploadaPhotoandnavigatingtooneonyourcomputer,oryoucantakeonerightatthispoint(seetheattachedpicture)ifyouhaveawebcam.Itshighlysuggestedthatyouhaveapictureofyourselfsothatpeoplecaneasilyrecognizeaprofileasyours!

    TheNewsFeedSoyouvefollowedthroughwiththefirstfourstepsandyourereadytostartusingFacebook.MostoftheactionfromFacebookcomesfromalittlethingcalledtheNewsFeed.ThoughtherewillbemuchgoingonontheNewsFeedasyouaddmoreandmorefriends,thebasicideaisquitesimple:theNewsFeediswhereallofyourfriends,family,andfollowedinterestsculminatetoshowyouexactlywhattheyallaredoingandsharing.ItisontheNewsFeedthatyoullseepictures,videos,stories,statusupdates,andplentymoreallfromthepeopleyouspecificallychoosetoshareinformationandbefriendswith.Intheattachedpicture,ESPN(arandomlychosenInterest)issharingtwelvephotos.Itshowsasnapshotofthephotos(clickingonthetitlewillbringuptheentirealbumofphotos),howmanypeoplehavelikedit(notatedbythethumbsup),andhowmanypeoplehavecommentedonthephotos,amongstotherthings.

  • Themorefriendsthatyouhave,themoreyourNewsFeedwillbefilledwithcontentfromothers.Likewise,themorecontentthatyoupost,whetheritbephotos,videos,orsimplestatusupdatestalkingaboutyourday,themorepeoplewillseecontentfromyouonyourNewsFeed.ThisisthelifelineofFacebookanditswhatallowsindividualstobesocial.Surely,youllgetawayfromtheNewsFeedduetoclickingonphotos,videos,andmuchmorefromyourfriendsandfamily,butasyoucanseeinthephotoabove,youcanalwaysgetbacktoyourNewsFeedviathelinkontheleftsideofyourwebbrowser.MessagesMessagesisaverysimplefunctionbutprovidesoneofthebestfeaturesofFacebooktheabilitytoprivately

  • communicatewithothersaboutthingsthateitherdontbelongonyourNewsFeedorthatyousimplydontwantthere.

    1. ByclickingontheMessageslinkontheleftsideofyourwebbrowser,youllbetakentoanareawhereyoucansendandreceiveprivatemessagesfromanyofthepeopleonyourfriendlist.Youcaneveneasilysendthempictures,videos,andweblinks.Tobeclear,nothingyoushareinaprivatemessagebetweenapersononyourfriendlistwillbeseenbythepubliconanyonesNewsFeedunlessyou(orthepersonyouvebeenprivatelycommunicatingwith)postthecontentforthepublictosee.

    2. Inthemiddleofyourscreen,youllseeabuttonthatsaysNewMessage.ItisherethatyoullclickandbeallowedtofindaspecificfriendtosendamessagetobytypingtheirnameintotheToareaofthemessage.Youcanalsosendthesameprivatemessagetomultiplepeople.Justknowthattheyllallbeabletoseeeachandeveryreplythatsomeonetypes.

    3. Onceyouvetypedoutyourmessageandaddedanydesiredfilesorphotos,youllsimplyhavetopresstheSendbuttoninordertohaveyourprivatemessagesent.

    FindingPeople,Places,andOrganizationsAtthetopofyourFacebookpage,dependingonwhatpageyouareon,youllmorethanlikelyseeawhitesearchbarthatsaysSearchforpeople,placesandthings.ThisisanotherofFacebooksmorepowerfulfunctionsandthisishowyoufindpeoplethatyouresearchingfor,ineffect,automatingyourconnectionswithindividualsthatyouchoosetobefriendswith.

    1. Ifyouresearchingforyouroldschoolorapastclassmate,youllstartoffbygoingtothewhitesearchbaratthetopandtypingintheschoolandpastclassmatesname.Asyoutype,Facebookwillattempttomatchwhatyourelookingfortospeeduptheprocess.

    2. IfFacebookhasautomaticallyfoundwhatyourelookingforthenfeelfreetoclickitfromthedropdownmenuthatappears.Ifaspecificpersonisalreadyinanetworkyourein(thehometown,college,andemployerinformationyoufilledinearlier),youshouldbeabletofindthemrathereasily!

    3. IfFacebookdoesntseemtoknowwhatyouretyping,simplyfinishthephraseyouretypingintothesearchbarandhittheEnterkeyonyourkeyboard.ThiswilltakeyoutotheSearchResultspage.

    4. OntheSearchResultspage,youllseeplentyofpossiblematchestothepeople,places,andthingsthatyourelookingfor.Unfortunately,ifyoucanteasilyfindsomeonethroughthesearchbar,theymaynothaveaFacebook.Iftheyvealreadytoldyouthattheydohaveone,butyoucouldntgettheirprofiletoautomaticallypopupthroughthesearchbar,youllhavetosearchforthemmanuallybygoingdownthelistofsearchresults.

    5. Whenyoufindthepersonthatyourelookingfor,simplyhitthebuttonthathasthe+1initandsays,AddFriend.TheyllbesentaFriendRequestand,iftheyaccept,thetwoofyouwillstartpoppinguponeachothersNewsFeeds.

    6. Ifyoucantfindapersonthroughtheirnameearly,typingintheirnamealongwiththeiremployer,university,orhometownmayhelpdramatically.Theideaistogetasspecificaspossibletoeasilyfindyourdesiredfriends!

  • Thesearchbar,justasitcanbeusedforfindingpeopleandplaces,canalsobeusedtofindbrands,organizations,celebrities,andpublicfigures.Ifyourelookingforyourfavoritepoliticianthenyouneedtodonomorethantypeintheirnameand,iftheyhaveindeedsetupaFacebookfanpage(ortheyhaveapersonalpage),thenyousimplyhavetoclicktheirnameandLiketheirfanpage.Justfollowthestepsabove!

  • Inthesearchbar,Facebookgivesmoreinformationunderapersonororganizationsnametohelpyoudetermineiftheyvefoundthecorrectperson.Forinstance,ifyourelookingforGregoryR.thatwenttoUNCCharlotte,itmaysayCharlotte,NCandUNCCharlotteunderhisname.Inasimilarfashion,ifyourelookingforabandwithafanpage,itwillsayBandunderwhateveryoutypeintothesearchbar.TheLittleThingsThoughtheNewsFeedandsearchfeature,inregardstothebasics,areprettypowerfultoolstohelpyougetconnectedwithindividualsthatyouknowwhoareonFacebook,thereareplentyofsmallthingsthatFacebookhasthatallowsyoutofurthercommunicatewithpeopleand,insomecases,allowsyoutomakeyourownlifeeasier.Forone,youllwanttogetacquaintedwithNotificationswhichallowyoutoknowwhensomeonehaslikedoneofyourpictures,sentyouamessage,orcommentedonastatusupdate.YoullwanttotakethefollowingstepstoensurethatyouregettingthemostoutofFacebookandtheNotificationssystem.

    1. Forone,youneedtoknowifyouhaveanotificationinthefirstplace.AtthetopleftofanypageyoureoninFacebook,youllseethreeimages:oneoftwosilhouettes,oneofachatbubble,andoneofaglobe.Ifyouhaveanumberinaredboxbesideanyofthosethreeimagesthenyouhaveanotification!Thenumberindicateshowmanythatyouhave.

    2. Youllwanttodeterminewhatkindofnotificationitis.Ifthenumberisbesidethetwosilhouettes,thenthatmeansyouhaveafriendrequest.WhenyoufirstjoinFacebook,youmayhavealotofthese!Ifthenumberisbesidethechatbubble,thatmeansthatyouhaveamessage!Remember!Messagesareprivate!Lastly,ifyouhaveanumberbytheglobe,thatreferstoamoregeneralnotificationandmaymeanthatsomeonelikedastatusofyours,commentedonaphotothatyouuploadedfromvacation,ortaggedyouinapostthattheywantyouspecificallytosee!

    3. Afternoticingwhichcategoryyournotificationfallsunder,youllwanttoclickeitherthetwosilhouettes,chatbubble,orglobe,causingadropdownmenutoappear.

    4. Thisdropdownmenuwillhaveallthenotificationsforthatspecificcategory.YousimplyhavetoclickwhichnotificationyoudliketoseeandFacebookwillnavigateyoutothatparticularpage!Itsassimpleasthat!Dontworryabouthavingtopickandchooseasyournotificationswillalwaysbethere.

    5. Onceyouclickwhichevernotificationyoufindmostinterestingorimportant,youllsimplyhavethechancetoreplytoacomment,likeacomment,orsimplydonothingifthatpleasesyou.Regardless,notificationsallowsyoutoknowwhenyourfriendsandfamilyaretryingtosharesomekindofinformationwithyouorwhenpeopleareattemptingtobecomefriendswithyou.

    AnotherofthosethingsthatcanmakeyourlifeeasieristheEventsfeature.Afterawhile,youllstarttogatheraheftyfriendslistand,intheeventthatyouthrowapartyorgettogether,theEventsfeaturewillallowyoutoinviteallofyourfriends,allowthemtoRSVP(orkindlyletyouknowtheycantmakeit),and

  • allowyoutoupdatetheeventasyouseefit.ItsapowerfultoolthatonlybecomesmorepowerfulasyouandyourfriendsjoinFacebookandbecomemoreandmoreintertwined.OntheleftsideofyourFacebookpage,youwillalsoseealinkforGroups.ThisisapowerfultoolthatallowsyoutocreateaGroupthatyoucansubsequentlyinviteindividualsofyourlikingto,allowingyoutocreateminifriendslistsforpeoplewhomayhaveacommoninterest.Thinkofitlikethis:youhave300friendsonFacebook,but10ofyouhaveabookclubmeetingeachmonth.YoucouldcreateaGroupforthebookclubmeeting,invitethe9otherpeopleintheclub,andthenpostcontenttothemspecificallywhetheritbenextmonthsbookortoletthemknowthemeetingcantbeheldatyourhousethisweekafterall!IfyouarefriendsonFacebookwithsomeindividualsthatyouworkwith,butdontwantthemtoseesomeofthethingsyousayordoinyourpersonallife,simplyaddyourcoworkerstoaGroup,andsetupyourprivacysettingssothatthatspecificworkGroupcantseewhatyoupostincertainorallcircumstances.LikeIsaid,prettypowerfulstuff.

  • PrivacyThoughindividualsdoseethebenefitofbeingcompletelyconnectedwiththeirfriends,families,andfavoritecelebrities,peoplestillwanttheirprivacy.Facebookhasplentyoftoolstoensurethatyoucontrolwhoseeswhatexactly,whocanfindyou,andwhocancontactyou.Tothefarrightofthesearchbarbeyondyournameandpicture,FindFriends,andHome,youllseeacirculargearlikeimagethatnotateswhereSettingsis(seetheattachedpicture).Ifyouclickit,itwillallowyoutoclickonPrivacySettings.OnthePrivacypage,youllnoticethreeboldedareas:Whocanseemystuff,Whocancontactme,andWhocanlookmeup.Ofcourse,theyallhelpyoudowhattheysaybycontrollingwhetherornotthe

  • public,friends,andspecificgroupscanseecontentthatyoupostorevenfindyouiftheysearchforyou.Ontheleftside,youllalsoseemanylinks,oneofwhichincludesBlocking.This,anditisappropriatelytitled,allowsyoutoblockcertainindividuals,apps,andeveneventinvites.Itsaprettyusefultooliftheannoyingguyfromcollegefindsyouafteralltheseyearsandattemptstoconnectwithyouagain!ConclusionWhenitcomesdowntoit,Facebookisaprettypowerfultoolthatallowsyoutokeepintouchwithwhomeveryouplease(aslongastheyhaveFacebook!)Themostbasicfunctionsareeasytograspandwithatinybitofpractice,youllbeconnectingwithfriends,past,present,andfuture,withafewclicksofyourmouseeachtime.TheideaistomakeitaseasyaspossibleforfriendsandfamilytofindyoubygivingFacebooktheneededinformationtoputyouinspecificnetworks.Ifthatworriesyou,remember,youcanalwaystinkerwithyourprivacysettingssothatyoucontrolexactlywhoseeswhat.