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Facebook

Facebook is the one of the most popular social networking services in the world at: www.facebook.com. Facebook was launched in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow Harvard College students and roommates, Eduardo Severin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. Originally created only for Harvard students, Facebook later expanded to other education institutions and eventually for everyone above the age of 13. As of June 2016, Facebook has over 1.7 billion monthly active users, with more than 100 languages supported.

1. Create a Facebook account

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/
  2. There should be a sign-up section on the right, provide your information accordingly.
  3. Click "Create an account".
  4. Facebook will help you through to 2 more steps to start making friends. Enjoy.

For more details, check out how to create a Facebook account.

2. Facebook Sign In

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/
  2. Type in your email or phone and your password.
  3. Click "Log In".

For more details, check out our tutorial about Facebook Login.

3. Feature

A. News Feed

Originally, when users logged into Facebook, they will be presented with a customizable version of their own profile. This was changed on September 6, 2006 with the introduction of a new homepage feature called News Feed. This is the homepage, where users will spend most of their time. From here you can post your status updates, share a photo or video, see posts from your friends, groups and pages. Posts can be restricted to be shown to everyone, only friends or a list of specific people. News Feed also highlights other information including profile changes, upcoming events, birthdays, and other updates. Users can customize their News Feed to show Most Recent, which gives you the latest updates, or Top Stories that shows popular posts. Your News Feed can be considered a collection of all the updates, photos, and videos from the friends, family, and news sources that you have connected to on Facebook.

The News Feed

On the right is the sidebar, where the ticker and chat bar are displayed. Ticker, which is highlighted and in the top right, can be viewed as a mini News Feed, where latest activities from your friends will be shown and updated constantly in real time. Below the ticker is the chat bar, where all online friends are displayed, users can initiate private conversations known as messages by clicking their names.

B. Friends

To add a friend, user has to send another user a friend request. Two people are considered friends on Facebook when the receiving party accepts the friend request. Friends can view, like, and comment on each other's updates, and post on each other's timeline. In addition to accepting a friend requests, users can choose to decline the requests or hide them using the "Not Now" option. Deleting a friend request will remove it but does allow the sender to resend one in the future. The "Not Now" feature will not delete the request, but hide it, allowing the receiver to review the request at a later time. User can also remove one from their friends, this is referred to as "unfriending", or block another user. You will no longer see updates and other posts from someone if you unfriend or block them on Facebook and vice versa. Users who have been unfriended or blocked will not be notified by Facebook. 

C. Timeline

Timeline replaced the Wall as a profile layout since December 15, 2011. Timeline is a virtual space where all the content of a Facebook user such as user's profile, their posts and updates is organized and shown. The content is categorized according to the period time of time they were uploaded or created. Users have options to add events that occurred prior to joining Facebook, as well as to hide or delete posts. Users' profile is shown below the profile picture as Intro, including all the information about themselves that they have provided Facebook with such as occupation, attended schools, home address, phone number and so on. Of course, users have full control of what they want to provide and which is visible to other people who visit their profile page.

timeline example

D. Like

The like symbol, "like", may be the most recognizable symbol of Facebook beside its own logo. The act of "liking" as Facebook described is a way to "give positive feedback and connect to things you care about". Users can "like" almost every content from status update, comments, photos, life events to even the events of a friend making another friend on Facebook. The number of likes that post receive is one of the factor that Facebook uses to determine what appears in News Feed's Top Stories. The number of likes on a page also determines how popular that page is to Facebook users.

In January 2016, Facebook globally implemented its new "Reaction" buttons, adding options for users to use beside likes such as "Love ", "Haha ", "Wow ", "Sad ", and "Angry ".

E. Messages

Since its founding, Facebook has allowed users to send messages to each other. Users can send a message to any number of their friends at a time and they can have conversations simultaneously with as many people as possible. By clicking people's name on the chat bar, a chat box will appear at the bottom next to the sidebar, each box is a conversation with another user, or a group of users. Additionally, users can also attach files, send pictures as well as using a variety of emojis and stickers to express how they feel to the receiving party. Facebook Messages can be used separately from Facebook as a combination of instant messages, text messages, and emails.

F. Notifications

The Notifications section of Facebook tells users about all the interactions others have with them, including liking a post or a comment they made, commenting on the same post that they have previously commented on and so on. Users may also receive notification about friend requests and messages separately from normal notifications, which is shown on the Friends and Messages icon. In addition, one can subscribe to other users to receive notifications when they make changes to their profile, or post an update. A red counter "" will appear on the notification icon when users receive a notification. If clicked, the notifications icon will display the most recent ones.

Fun fact, the part of the world on the Notifications icon "" changes depending on the location you log in from. 

G. Groups

Groups can be created by individual users that allow members to post content such as links, media, events and comments on these items. Groups are used for collaborations and allow discussions, events and many other activities. They are widely used by clubs, companies, organizations to engage with and manage members. A group can have 3 level of privacy:

  1. Open: the group, its member list and all the activities are visible to the public but only members are able to interact.
  2. Closed: only the group and its members are visible to the public, its activities will not be visible until user has joined the group.
  3. Secret: everything including the group itself is hidden from the public eyes, users can only join these groups by the means of invitation from one of their members.

Facebook is the number one social network site in the world.

Lauched: February 4, 2004.

Users: 1.71 billion monthly active users (June 20, 2016)

Owner: Facebook Inc.

Web address: www.facebook.com / www.fb.com

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