What’s Facebook?

Facebook is a web-based, interactive network that allows users to share information
and thoughts over a wide area. It makes possible a connection to those with shared interests across
political, economic and geographic borders
How is it useful? Facebook isn’t a one-stop shop that will fulfill all your communications needs. It is
simply another tool in your communications toolkit Its purpose is to “go where the eyes are” by
furnishing information on websites that you know people visit. With 1 billion users and growing, it’s
safe to say “the eyes are on Facebook.” It raises your profile in the public sphere. Goals The goals of
your social media effort might look something like this: ● Provide a venue for an exchange of ideas
and to encourage communication ● Promote yourself to a variety of audiences including staff, the
public, media and business community ● Demonstrate your role as a strong, clear voice representing
the county ● Raise public awareness and understanding of your intentions and actions The content on
your page should be a positive reflection of yourself or county and should answer any one or more of
the following questions: ● What is going on in my county/with me? ● What am I/are we doing to help
its community and residents? ● What am I/are we doing to build awareness and understanding of the
roles and responsibilities of county government? ● What innovative, interesting programs have been
developed that could be promoted? ● What are our county officials doing to address the problems
facing the community? You can post videos or pictures of city events, ask questions, link back to your
web page and invite residents to public events. The bottom line is your content should be interesting,
informative and positive. Where possible, the content should lead to interactive communication within
your Facebook page: Engagement is key! Social media is all about facilitating the conversation.
Facebook is a corporation and online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park,
California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark
Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew
McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.[8][9][10] The founders had initially limited the website's
membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League,
and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later
to high-school students. Since 2006, anyone who is at least 13 years old was allowed to become a
registered user of the website, though the age requirement may be higher depending on applicable
local laws.[11] Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university
students.[12]
After registering to use the site, users can create a user profile, add other users as "friends", exchange
messages, post status updates and photos, share videos, use various apps and receive notifications
when others update their profiles. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organized
by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and categorize their friends into lists such as
"People From Work" or "Close Friends". Also users can complain or block unpleasant people. Facebook

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