Facebook is one of the largest public social networks with over 700 million registered members. Facebook lets members interact with one another, share photos, and videos, etc. Facebook is being used for personal, educational and business purposes.
There are a number of ways to use Facebook:
- Set up a personal account where you become “friends” with others. “Friendship” on Facebook is a reciprocal relationship. This means that your friends can see your personal profile and you can see theirs (depending on the privacy settings that have been set), and whatever they write appears in your news feed.
- Set up a professional or business page. This is page with information about your business. If people “like” your personal/business page, whatever you write will appear in their news feeds, but whatever they write will NOT appear in your news feed (unless you have already established a friendship through a personal profile page). Professional/business pages are also visible to those who are NOT already Facebook users.
Below we are going to take a look at how to create a personal account page. If you don’t want a personal account and prefer to set up a professional/business page, go to Setting up a Facebook page
1 – Sign up for a Facebook personal account
You will need to validate your email address via the email that is sent to you.
2 – Ensure your privacy settings are correct
It is important that you set your privacy settings so that only the appropriate people can access your profile. This can be public/Everyone or to specified friends.
You can set your privacy settings, select Account (top right-hand corner) and then Privacy Settings in the drop-down menu.
To find out more about setting your privacy settings, visit Privacy settings
3 – Customise your Facebook personal profile page
To customise your Facebook profile page – ie the page where you share information. – select Profile.
You can use the Edit Profile button to add or update information about you, including a profile picture. <
There are a number of areas to your Profile page
- Wall – This displays your status messages/ updates and your friends can leave messages for you here.
- Info – This displays information about you
- Photos – This displays pictures that you have posted or which you have been tagged in on Facebook. Note some of these pictures will also appear at the top of your profile page, although you can delete them from this are if you wish.
- Friends – This displays the people you are friends with.
The Facebook Getting Started Guide: Set up a Profile will provide help on setting up your profile page.
NOTE: Once you have over 25 friends, you will be able to apply for a Facebook vanity name for your personal Facebook account. Once you have chosen the name, it cannot be changed.
4 – Add a Facebook application
There are a lot of FB and 3rd party applications that can add extra functionality to a profile. You can find Facebook applications in the Applications Directory.
To add a Facebook application, you will need to go the relevant app page, and then select “Add to my page” from underneath the app’s picture. At which point you will then need to allow it to past data to and from your Facebook account.
5 - The difference between Home and Profile pages
On your Home page – is your News Feed – you see all the status messages (and comments) of your friends.
On the Profile page you only see your status messages (and comments).
6 – How to access your Facebook account
Once you have set up your account, you can either do so by logging into Facebook in your web browser on your computer or
on your mobile phone at http://m.facebook.com or
on your iPhone -Facebook for iPhone app or
- on your Blackberry - Facebook for Blackberry smartphones app
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