“You are what you share.”
– C.W. Leadbeater
If, in everyday life, we regularly wear different masks (our work face, our going-out face, our friends face…) this is even more true for social media.We are in complete control over what we share with out contacts, or the World Wide Web. We can re-invent ourselves completely.
So: are you ready to put on a new mask and join the most widely-used social network: Facebook?
Whether you simply want to download the Facebook app to keep track of family or want to create your own Facebook group, you will catch the social media fever soon enough.
Facebook was created in 2004 and will celebrate its 14th birthday on February 3rd, 2018. Mark Zuckerberg is the inventor and CEO of the social network site.
In 2017, it was the third most visited website behind Google and YouTube and, as of June 2017, has more than 2 billion users worldwide. This includes over 80% of the population of the UK!
Facebook was created at Harvard University and was designed at first as a way for students to connect. It soon opened up to other universities before becoming available to the general public in September 2006. Anyone with an email address and above the age of 13 can create a Facebook account.
In April 2008, the Facebook Messenger app saw the light of day. It’s an IM app that lets you talk to your Facebook friends in a private conversation.
The site’s name is taken from that of pamphlets with the staff and student’s names and pictures handed out at the beginning of the college year in US universities. Facebook lets its users publish pictures, images, YouTube videos, personal ads, documents; exchange messages, create and join groups, make professional sites… The goal behind a social network it to link people together. Facebook lets its users enter personal data such as relationship status, where they studied and their interests.
Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook as a way to link university students together by showing their interests and activities. Photo credit: deneyterrio on Visual hunt
There are a lot of reasons you could want to use Facebook:
The uses of social media are plenty!
As it evolves, Facebook has added new functions but also aimed to simplify account creation to attract more Internet users to the site and keep them coming back.
Creating your own Facebook account doesn’t require any particular IT skills. It is relatively easy if you follow these simple steps:
When you first go onto the facebook website, this is the page you should be getting. Screenshot Focke
Creating a Facebook account on a smartphone or tablet is similar to what is described here. Just go to the AppleStore or Playstore to download the app.
Once you have confirmed your Facebook account, you have opened a window onto a new world. You can invite people to become your friends.
Your Facebook account is linked to your e-mail address, so the first time you log in, the social network will propose friends to you from your address book who are already on Facebook. You can then “add” them as friends (or not).
You can also skip this step by clicking “next” on the bottom right.
Once you have finished creating your account, you will be prompted to flesh out your profile page.
So what information should you give on your Facebook profile?
Add a profile picture or image: chose a recent one so that people who know you recognise you and can accept your friend request. You can also add a header image, of your family, a nice landscape from your last holidays…On the top right, you can also modify your profile: you will be asked to write a bio describing yourself in a few words, to chose a featured image (some of your favourite pictures that will help people get to know you better) and you can modify your “about” page.
In the “about” page, you can enter:
Some other information can be noted, such as sports, music, films, TV programmes, books – your profile is a true ID card; it’s up to you to decide what you want to share with your friends or potential clients.
Once you’ve entered all your data, your profile page should look something like this. The little boxed picture on the top left is your profile picture, the large horizontal one your header. Photo credit: Sean MacEntee on Visual hunt
Who sees your Facebook posts?
Note that for now, everything you have published is visible to your friends. This is the default setting when you create a Facebook account.
To modify the audience for your post, simply click on the button marked “friends” and choose between:
To go a step further and learn how to secure your Facebook account against misuse, check out this article.
So you’ve created your account, set up your profile and already found some friends – now it’s time to post your first content!
Updating your profile and posting content is very simple. Photo credit: Gustavo da Cunha Pimenta on VisualHunt.com
You can also:
To tag someone in your post, you can simply use @+person’s username and the person in question will receive a message notifying him that he has been tagged. Tags also work on events.
Hashtags do work in Facebook, though they aren’t as common as on Twitter or Instagram.
If you post a link to an article, your feed will automatically show a picture taken from the article along with your comment on it.
Now go off and discover all the possibilities behind a Facebook post! And I’m sure you will soon find out everything there is to know about the site’s functions.
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