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Facebook 101

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April 23rd, 2013
Facebook 101
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Over the past ten years you’ve probably noticed that the social media trend is here to stay. Facebook was, and has been, at the forefront of this trend since its inception. It is arguably the most widely used social media site by individuals and businesses alike. Launched in 2004, Facebook has over one billion active users worldwide. Seven percent of these users are over 55.

Why Facebook?

Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. It offers real time updates on the people and things you care about the most. Facebook also offers a way to display and comment on pictures so you never have to worry about missing a birthday party or holiday again. Creating a Facebook account offers you the fastest and easiest way to stay connected with family and friends.

Facebook terms

The first thing seen on a Facebook page is the profile and cover photo. This picture shows up next to any activity in the news feed, so make sure you pick one you’re proud of! Cover photos are rectangular photos at the top of a Facebook profile and can be anything to personalize your page. You can add as much or as little personal information on your page as you wish, from your phone number to what TV shows and music you like. Notifications appear in the top left corner of your page. Notifications are how Facebook alerts you of friend requests, comments on your activity, or private messages. Facebook lets you “like” friends’ statuses and posts. “Liking” something lets others you are connected with know you appreciate that post. If you really like something, consider “sharing” it. Sharing a post will have it appear on your personal page for more friends to view.

Facebook extras

Facebook has a number of “extras” for users. For example, Facebook has partnered with Spotify, a program that allows free legal music streaming. Social simulation games such as Farmville, Cityville, or Mafia Wars have also become popular. Facebook also offers Facebook Chat, an online messaging program that sends private messages to other members online at the moment. If a private chat message is sent to a user who is not online, it will instead be sent to their inbox and they will be able to read it the next time they log in.

Online privacy

As with anything online, it is important to familiarize yourself with privacy settings and terms of service. Once you put something online, consider it there forever. Luckily, Facebook has very sophisticated security features. You can block groups or individuals from seeing specific photo albums, status updates, or personal information. You are also able to view your page as others see it to confirm only information you want is distributed to the right people.

jessie.helene@erickson.com

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