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GETTING THE MOST OUT OF FACEBOOK This guide will help individuals get acquainted with the social media service known as Facebook. Facebook, founded in 2004, is the world’s leading social media service with an estimated 900 million users worldwide. Now far removed from its early days, Facebook has become the goto way that individuals keep up with each other. Indeed, considering it’s user base, the tools that Facebook provides serve individuals greatly in keeping in touch with loved ones, friends (and sometimes enemies!), along with brands and public figures that they love. Today, being connected means everything and is as easy as ever, and Facebook has set out to connect the entire world, one person at a time; in short, it is the epitome of the social network. This guide will give an overview of some of the more basic functions of Facebook. In short, this guide will show individuals how to set up what is called a “profile page,” how to keep up with their current network of friends as well as how to find old friends that you have have lost contact with, how to add pictures and video, and how to comment on and like content posted by others in your personal social network, amongst other things. Some of these things will be supplemented with pictures to make the process even easier. When it comes down to it, the basic functions are not difficult to understand and anyone interested will have the skills to jump right in and get connected with the world after reading this guide! The Homepage

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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.