Facebook is the most popular social networking site on the internet, with approximately three billion people using it to keep in touch with friends and family as well as meet new people. Its purpose is to link people and facilitate communication in order to make the world a more open and connected place.
People use Facebook to build personal profiles, friend other users, and share information with them. New users may be perplexed by how Facebook works, but since it’s all about communication, understanding the network’s key communication tools is critical.
After signing up and adding friends, you can send private, semi-private, or public messages to some or all of your Facebook friends. A status update (also known as a post), a private Facebook Messenger message, a remark on or respond to a friend’s post or status, or a Like button click to demonstrate support for a friend’s update or a company’s Facebook page are all examples of messages.
If you don’t enjoy seeing likes on your posts or in your News Feed, Facebook will give you more options in May 2021. By modifying your settings, you can disable the display of like or view counts. Select Reaction Counts in the Facebook app’s Settings & Privacy > Settings > News Feed Settings. You can choose to have reaction counts turned off for your posts or for all posts you see. The three-dot menu can also be used to hide reactions per post.
Once you’ve figured out how to use Facebook, you’ll be able to share a variety of media, including photos, videos, music, news articles, and more. You can also join Facebook Groups to engage with people who share your interests but whom you might not otherwise meet. You can utilize special Facebook programs to arrange events, play games, and engage in other activities once you’ve gotten a handle on how Facebook works.
New Facebook Account Setup
The first step is to sign up for Facebook and create a new account. From any web browser, go to www.facebook.com, select Create New Account, and fill out the form. Your true first and last names, as well as your email address, must be entered. When you’re finished, click Sign Up at the bottom.
Facebook sends you an email with a link to confirm your email address to the address you supplied. To get full access to Facebook’s services, you’ll need to do this.
Your Facebook Timeline and Profile
After you sign up for Facebook, skip the step where it asks you to import your email contacts in order to create your friend list. That is something you can do later. Before you connect with friends, fill out your Facebook profile so they have something to look at when you send them a friend request.
Because it organizes your life in chronological order and displays a running summary of your Facebook activity, Facebook refers to your profile section as your Timeline. At the top of the Timeline, there is a giant horizontal banner graphic. This banner is referred to as your cover photo on Facebook. You have the option of changing your cover photo at any moment.
A little, round profile picture of you is reserved inset underneath your cover photo. You can submit whatever image you like, but until you do, you’ll see a shadowy avatar.
You can also submit basic biographical information about yourself, such as your education, employment, hobbies, and interests, to your Profile page. On Facebook, relationship status is a huge issue, but you don’t have to make your relationship status public if you don’t want to.
Other people use this portion of your Timeline and profile to look you up on Facebook. Because everyone of your friends has a Timeline and a profile page, it’s also where you can see what your pals are up to.
Find and Connect With Friends on Facebook
After you’ve completed your profile, invite friends by sending them a friend request via an internal Facebook message or, if you know it, to their email address. When they accept your friend request, their name displays on your list of Facebook friends, along with a link to their profile and Timeline page.
If you authorize access to your email account, Facebook will scan your existing email contact list to help you find friends.
Another option is to search for people on Facebook by name. This allows you to find people you know. Facebook’s automated friend recommendation function provides you links to people you may know if you have a few friends and have liked some companies, groups, comments, or items. When their profile photograph shows on your Facebook page, click the link to make them a friend request if you recognize their face.
Organize Your Facebook Friends
Add pals to a Friend List if you have a lot of connections so you can send different types of messages to different groups.
Facebook friends whose messages you don’t wish to see can be hidden. You can keep your Facebook acquaintance with someone while hiding their messages from your daily stream of Facebook updates using the conceal option.
How Facebook Privacy Works
You have complete control over who sees your personal information and the content you share on the network. Adjust the privacy settings to your comfort level to manage what others may see about you.
Individual adjustments are also available via the audience option button below the publishing box. You can adjust the viewing permission for postings on a case-by-case basis, for example. You might prefer to keep your wild and ridiculous behaviors secret from your work colleagues and parents, and only show them to your closest pals. You may also choose which friends’ updates appear on your Timeline by deleting them or snoozing them.