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Setting Up a Facebook Account Feb 12

Setting Up a Facebook Account Feb 12

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Published by Bex Lewis
Basic instructions on setting up a Facebook account.
Basic instructions on setting up a Facebook account.

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Published by: Bex Lewis on Feb 22, 2012
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Connecting on Facebook

What is Facebook? Facebook, created in 2004, was built around a core user base of 18-34 year olds, but now users of all age groups can be found on Facebook, especially grandparents keen to see pictures of their grandchildren. Facebook is typically used to maintain friendships with people already known in the ‘offline world’, making viral campaigns successful, as people trust the information that their friends post. What about if I represent an organisation? Facebook famously has over eight-hundred million active users worldwide, with a successful targeted paid-for advertising model, and third party applications are key. Organisations can build a ‘Like’ page, stories from which appear in your supporters news feed.

Setting up a Facebook Account
Go to http://www.facebook.com/ Enter your first name, last name, email address (can only be used once), password. You need to provide your date of birth because “Facebook requires all users to provide their real date of birth to encourage authenticity and provide only age-appropriate access to content. You will be able to hide this information from your profile if you wish, and its use is governed by the Facebook Privacy Policy.”

Logging In
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Type in the security text in front of you (if you can’t see it, click ‘Try another text’ or select ‘Audio Capture’. Once in, a number of steps are suggested to help you start connecting: • • • Use an email address to find friends on Facebook (you can skip this step) Profile Information: Secondary School; University; Employer Add a good photo so that your friends can recognise you.

Log into the email address that you gave to fully activate your account.

Profile Settings
The following settings are useful to set up in your profile: Current Location; Hometown, Gender (can be hidden from your profile), Date of birth (can be hidden from your profile), Interested In, Languages, and a brief biography to help your friends know that it’s you. You can also connect your mobile phone to Facebook.

Privacy Settings
Go to http://www.facebook.com/privacy/explanation.php for an explanation of the current privacy settings. Go to http://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=privacy to change the privacy settings. Click on ‘Customise Settings’, then choose for each type of media (e.g. wall posts, status updates, photos, etc.) who you will give access to:

Finding Friends
Go to the ‘Search’ box on Facebook and enter the name of someone you think is on Facebook. Facebook will offer a drop-down list of people, groups, organisations, etc. for you to choose from. Click to select.

Post Your First Status
Select the ‘News Feed’ (left-hand menu), and click on ‘Update Status’ (Creative Commons, with attribution) Digital Fingerprint (February 2012) 2

Type your status update, and choose ‘Custom’ if you’d like to restrict those who can see it. Click ‘share’ and your status is live, and visible to your friends.

Last year, Facebook introduced the ‘Timeline’, making it compulsory for all users in the last month or so. You can watch a video explaining Timeline here: https://www.facebook.com/about/timeline.

The significant thing to remember about ‘Timeline’ is that whereas older stories disappeared into the digital abyss (although note that this material still exists), the layout now highlights ‘significant events’ in your life – and you can upload materials right back to the beginning of your life, highlighting significant events in your life, and demoting those you would rather remained hidden.

Update Info
Click on ‘Update Info’ to change your employment history, contact information, etc.

Editing Your Activity Log
Click on ‘Activity Log’ to identify your past history of ‘Likes’, Comments, Shares, Photo uploads, etc. Look to the right of an activity to identify the options you have. You may be able to ‘Unlike’ something, delete a (Creative Commons, with attribution) Digital Fingerprint (February 2012) 3

comment, or for posts you should get the options visible to the right, where you can retain your status, but it can be hidden from others visiting your timeline.

Updating Your Status 2
You can also update your status from your timeline (look top-left). Select what you’re posting, add content, press return and it’s visible.

If you want to see what your friends are up to, click on ‘News Feed’, and Facebook will present you with a selection of posts from friends:

Note that Facebook performs some kind of algorithm to decide who’s posts it shows you. If you’ve interacted with someone a lot recently, you’re more likely to see their posts.

Categorising Friends
If you have a large number of friends, it can be helpful to define friendship groups. Click on the friend. Click on the button ‘friends’ to provide this drop-down box, and allocate people to the list. ‘Close (Creative Commons, with attribution) Digital Fingerprint (February 2012) 4

friends’ will ensure that you see EVERTHING that they post. You can also choose to ‘Subscribe’ to people that you don’t know to read their public updates. Facebook has multiple functions. Start from here, and play with options friends suggests to you, a bit at a time!

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