WHAT IS FACEBOOK?

This is a real simple introduction.

If you’re looking at this site you already know how to search on-line using a computer.  Maybe now you’re thinking that you want one of those Facebook pages that you hear so much about. Or you’ve already signed up on Facebook and don’t understand how to use it.  Well I stumbled upon a great website http://www.gcflearnfree.org that explains in simple terms how to create, use, and maintain a Facebook page including your privacy settings.  Privacy settings allows you to control how much information you want to share with the public and your friends.

This is what the web page looks like.

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“This tutorial was created to get you up to speed on how to create, use, and maintain a Facebook page of your own, including understanding complex Facebook privacy policies and settings.”

 

Why would I want a Facebook page?

A Facebook page today is like having an email address but much more.  Facebook connects you with family, friends and groups of people with like-minded interests.  With a click of a button you can share pictures, information about what’s happening in your life, even links to things that you saw interesting on the Internet.  It’s called a post.  And Facebook is free. That’s the best part.

Businesses are also on Facebook.  They buy advertising from Facebook.  These advertisements can usually be seen on the right side of the computer screen. They could be videos, pictures, web sites or text messages.  If you click on one of the advertisements it will take you away from Facebook and to the advertisers web site.  It’s not a bad thing.  Just like television, advertisers are supporting Facebook so it stays free for us but, if you don’t want to leave Facebook, don’t click on the ads unless it’s something of interest to you.

Your Facebook page has a news feed. The news feed is in the centre of the computer screen. This is where you will see everything your friends are posting.  You can comment on your friends post. You can share your friends post with others.  This is where your posts will be if you choose to share something.  If you change your mind, you can delete your post anytime.

Magazines, newspapers, community groups—even the government is on Facebook.  Those who want to send you information will have a Facebook symbol on their website.  Click it and it will take you to their Facebook page.  If you click the “follow”  button on the top of their Facebook page they will send you automatically send you information.  The information will look similar to your friend’s posts and will appear in your news feed.  You can stop getting information at any time by going to back to their Facebook page and clicking the “unfollow” button at the top of their page.

There is so much more to explore on Facebook that can’t be explained here in a few minutes. The best resource for information is on Facebook itself.  Go to www.facebook.com.  You will see a sign up screen that looks like this. Don’t worry, you don’t have to sign up if you don’t want to.

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At the very bottom, in tiny print you will see the word Help.  Click on it and it will take you to a screen like this.

 

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Everything you want to know about Facebook is right here.  

Click to website.

Click to website.

Facebook is one of many social networking tools available today on the Internet and it’s growing. Many people use other social networking tools to connect with friends but Facebook is the most popular.  It’s a great way to keep in touch, connect with like-minded people, see others interests and even play games.

So what are you waiting for?  Go to Facebook and explore or click on the picture on the left where it will take you to a free tutorial Facebook 101.

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