Oh Facebook. This social media platform grew into something bigger than I’m sure Mark Zuckerburg ever imagined. Not only, has Facebook introduced the world to a new way of giving and receiving information, but it allows us to connect with more than just our friends. Thanks to Facebook, you can connect with almost anyone in any area. It has never been easier to talk to someone in a different country or different background. Facebook defied the odds and at a time where we need everything right now, it answered the demand. The full Facebook site gives you more features than posting and messaging. There is plenty for you to do and as a Facebook user, I think it is important to know your way around the site.
Social media is in a league of its own and it doesn’t stop at Facebook. We have Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and so much more. Most of us have profiles on various sites. We don’t have to settle for just one, but Facebook still reigns supreme. It has the biggest user base out there, when compared to these other sites. So instead of trying to figure out how your profile is managed, read this article to learn what you need to know when it comes to Facebook.
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First thing is first. You need to go to the Facebook website, click here for a link. Once you get there you will see options to log in or create an account. If you already have a log in, then simply input your email or phone number and password. If you are signing up, then you will have to put in the following information:
- First and last name
- Mobile phone number or email (I recommend you put your email address. It’s easy to find out who you are through your phone number.)
- Male or female
When that is done you will either click on “Sign Up” or “Log In.” For this article’s sake, we’re going to log in and move onto the actual site. The following descriptions are for when you are on your PC or Mac. The mobile site is a little different, just in terms of layout.
Once you are all logged in, you will immediately be sent to your home page. This shows your News Feed of what all your friends and any pages you follow are up to. Scroll down the page to see older posts. The posts you first see are more than likely newer and more recent posts. Every once in a while you might see that the first post is a couple hours or a day old, but for the most part it will be the newer posts.
On the home page you can also choose to make your own post. You can type up something, add a picture, video or even post an entire album. Anytime you change your profile picture or cover photo, it will be added as a post as well – but we’ll get into that later. Back to your own posts, you can choose if you want the public to see it or just your friends. That option is there on the box that you create the post.
On the right side of your News Feed, you will see what is trending on Facebook. On the right of that, you will see a list of your friends who are available on messenger. So if there is anyone you want to send a message to and have a private conversation with, then you can check that out.
To get from the home page to your profile and wall, all you need to do is click on the icon of your profile picture. You’re name should also be next to the picture. When you press on it, you will get taken to your wall. From here you will see various things. Everything you have ever posted or anything anyone has posted on your wall will be viewable in chronological order on your timeline. At the top of the page, you will see your profile picture and cover photo. In order to change these pictures just hover your clicker over the page and you will see the option to update it.
Aside from your timeline, you can check out your friends, the “about” section (your bio and favorite things), photos and more. What is under the more tab? You may have that question and the answer is a long, long list of options for you. The best thing for you to do is check it out yourself. Sections like check-ins, sports, music, videos, likes, following, Instagram, etc.
So now you have a better indication of what to expect on your wall and timeline. So how about we go into detail about notifications, messages and more.
You may have noticed that there is a blue navigation bar at the very top. This is vital when using Facebook. The search bar allows you to find anyone who has profile. All you need to do is type in their name. When you are looking at the search bar, you should see a little Facebook “f” icon. If you press on that, it takes you back to the home page.
On the left-side of the navigation bar, you will see a couple different icons. The first one is you’re profile. Like I mentioned above, it has your profile picture and name. Next to that it says “Home.” That simply takes you back to your home page.
Now next is where we see icons with no words. On the left side of “Home,” you will see three icons. The first one is two outlines of people. This shows your friends request. Any and all requests you have will be shown here, as well as recommended suggestions. The next icon is a message bubble. This shows you all your messages and conversations. Finally, the third icon is of the world. This shows you all your notifications. So any comment, like, post, invite, etc. will be shown here. If you click on the notification, it will take you to that specific thing.
The very last thing you will see on the notification bar is a lock icon and a drop down menu. This icon gives you access to all your security settings. Check things such as:
- Privacy Checkup
- Who can see my stuff?
- Who can contact me?
- How do I stop someone from bothering me?
There’s more settings, but these are the common four privacy settings that are visible when you click on the icon.
The drop down menu at the very end of the navigation bar shows you a vast amount of settings and options. Look at your pages, you can create a page, manage a page, create groups, your groups, create ads, advertise on Facebook, activity log, news feed preferences, settings, log out, help, support inbox and report a problem.
This navigation bar is always visible, so no matter where you are on Facebook you can still access these things.
So we are back on our home page and we’ve talked about what to find on the right side of your News Feed and the navigation bar. Now lets take a look at the right-hand side of your News Feed. You’ll see the basic messenger, News Feed and your name.
Under that, you will see a section called “Shortcuts.” Here you will see any and all other pages that you may manage and any groups that you are a part of. So to give you an example, under my shortcut is my second business page and a Texas Tech group that I am a part of.
You can click on either one and it will send you to that specific page.
Under the shortcut section is the “Explore” section. There’s a lot under this section so I’m going to make it easier and list them off for you.
- Friends List
- Live Video
- On This Day
- Buy and Sell Goods
- Pages Feed
- Games Feed
- Payment History
- Suggest Edits
I feel like each one of those options are pretty self-explanatory, so all you really need to do read through and pick the one you need.
One thing I have noticed more and more is that people are using Facebook for games. It has gotten pretty popular and I’m sure we’ve all gotten an invite to try out some game at some point.
So when you click on the game tabs, you see a wide variety of stuff you can play. Any game you’ve ever played and signed in through Facebook, should be able to be found here. Now let’s say you find a game that you are interested in playing. Then you click on it and a window will pop up. You’ll find a brief description of what the game is and the option to play it. You’ll see this for all the games that are available through Facebook. So just go through and pick all the games you want to play. It’s actually pretty neat.
Overall there is a whole lot you can on Facebook. It seems like new stuff is constantly being added and updated to this social platform experience. I hope this article helps you navigate your way better around the Facebook site and have a more in-depth knowledge of all things Facebook.