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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 finally expanded for those over 13. By 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 the 2 more steps to start making friends. Enjoy.

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

  1. 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.

  1. Feature

A. News Feed

Originally, when logged into Facebook, account users 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 time with Faceboook. On the homepage, you can post your status updates, share a photo or video, see posts from your friends, groups and pages. Posts can be shown to everyone, or limited to 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, the highlighted one at 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 on their names.

B. Friends

To add a friend, a user has to send another user a friend request. Two people are considered friends on Facebook when the receiving counterpart accepts the friend request. Friends can view, like, and comment on each other's updates, and post on each other's timeline. Besides, users can choose to decline the requests or hide them using the "Not Now" option. Once the user choose to delete  a friend request, it will be removed even though the sender to resend it. The "Not Now" feature will not delete the request, but hide it, allowing the receiver to review the request at a later time. Facebook accounts could also remove some of their friends, known as "unfriending", or block another user. You will no longer see updates and other posts of those you already unfriended or blocked and vice versa. Users who have been unfriended or blocked will not be notified about the situation.

C. Timeline

Timeline replaced the Wall as a profile layout since December 15, 2011. Timeline is a virtual space where a Facebook user such as user's profile, their posts and updates are 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 may occurr before your 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 over what they want to provide and which is visible to their profile visitors.

timeline example

D. Like

The like symbol, "like", may be the most recognizable symbol of Facebook besides its own logo. The act of "liking" 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 emotional "Reaction" buttons, adding options for users to use beside likes such as"Love ", "Haha ", "Wow ", "Sad ", and "Angry ".

E. Messages

Since its early days, Facebook has allowed its users to send messages to each other. Users can send a message to many of their friends simultaneously or within groups. 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 with others, including liking their post or a comment, commenting on the same post which was already commented by themand so on. Users may also receive notifications about friend requests and messages separately from normal notifications, which is shown on the Friends and Messages icon. In addition, one can subscribe other account users to receive notifications about any changes in their profiles, posts or updates. 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

A cgroup can be created by individual users, allowing its members to post content such as links, media, events and comments on these items. Groups are used for collaborations and discussions, events and many other activities. They are widely used by clubs, companies, and organizations to engage with and manage members. There are 3 types of groups in terms of  privacy levels:

  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 via invitation from one of its members.
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