Getting started with Facebook


First off, you need to set up an account which is free.  To guide you through the process of setting up an account with Facebook and getting started, Facebook Help is really useful. .

You can choose how much personal information you make public and you can choose another name or the name of an organisation if you don’t want to use your own name.  What you will need is an email address.  You can also choose from a range of privacy settings where you control who can and can’t see what you write.

Now you can start finding Friends (people you  link with and choose to share information with).  You can search for friends by name or through your email contact list and then send a Friend request.  Once people know that you are on Facebook they may send you a Friend request which you can choose to accept or not (this gives you control over who sees what you post).

Your News feed will show the messages and statuses of your friends.

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Example of News Feed

Your timeline will show all the items you have posted along with any comments that people make (there is the option to delete or hide and comments that you don’t want others to see).  On each of these pages you can post your status (what you are doing or what’s on your mind), along with photos, videos, links from other websites.

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Example of Timeline

Underneath everyone’s status there is a button which you can click to say that you like what’s written – usually an affirmation or agreement.  You can also comment on a status or get involved in a discussion or share someone else post to your timeline.

Example of a post

You can create Events and post these on your timeline inviting other people to events.  They can reply via a button on the invitation.

Example of an Invitation

Example of an Invitation













Facebook also offers the opportunity for you to send private messages (like texting) to a friend which is only seen by you and them.

There are a couple of other useful features of Facebook:

Pages: Many companies and organizations now use Facebook pages instead of creating their own websites, or as another way to connect with the people who use their services. A Facebook page allows you to post basic information about your organization on Facebook. Once you’ve created a page, you can then invite people to like the page and share posts and updates with them. Anyone who likes the page can also leave reviews, ask questions, and more. If you ‘like’ a page you can then see their latest information on your homepage.  To create a page, see the Facebook help page :Managing a page 

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Example of a Facebook page

Groups: Groups provide a closed space for small groups of people to communicate about shared interests. Groups can be created by anyone. It’s easy to join an existing group or create your own. Groups make it easy for everyone to share with one another. For example, members of a group can: notify other members about upcoming events, plan future events and meetings, share posts and photos with other members.  Groups can be public or private and you can invite others to join your  group or request to join someone else’s group. To set up a group, see the Facebook help page: Group basics


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