Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites, founded by Mark Zuckerberg on February 4th 2004. Initially it was known as ‘The Facebook’ and was launched as a social networking site for freshmen in the Harvard University. According to a popular statistics, there were 1200 students of Harvard joining within 24 hours of the launch of ‘The Facebook’ and within a couple of weeks, half the undergraduates had an active profile on Facebook. Zuckerberg who had made a number of websites before was keen on developing a much larger platform for social media than ever. Facebook today serves one of the biggest and safest social media websites available around the world.
To create a Facebook profile one must simply put facebook.com as the URL link and click on the “Sign Up” option in order to be redirected to the next step where it would ask for personal details such as name, age, gender and the email address or phone number where Facebook would send a confirmation in order to authenticate the details provided (email or phone number). Post-filling details, the profile can be accessed by clicking on the “Sign Up” button.
A confirmation email or OTP—one-time password is sent to the given email id or phone number. Post clicking on the link given in the email id the account is activated. In case of an OTP, it can be put on the page to which one has redirected automatically after clicking “Sign Up”.
Once the email address or the phone number is authenticated it asks for a profile picture and cover picture which make the very base of one’s profile. People all over the world are using Facebook and for a single name one can get thousands of results, hence a profile picture makes it easier for an individual’s friends and networks to search and become a part of one’s Facebook social circle. By clicking on the “My Profile” option one can upload their photos, videos or share what they are doing at that moment, with whom they are doing it and how they are feeling about it.
Facebook is a social networking site and hence one must be very careful about the kind of information that they share. However, the privacy concerns can be resolved by the highly customizable privacy option featured on the site. One can choose which posts or what information to share with whom, by going to “Account settings” and later clicking on “Privacy and Security” options.
Facebook suggests friends based on the educational and work details provided in the initial form. Friend suggestions pop up along with the “Add Friend” option below. One can simply click on the add friend option to send a friend request. Once the request is accepted by the other party the individual has access to their friends’ photos, videos, timeline and the posts which are liked by them.
A timeline is the feature of Facebook where one can see their own posts, photos or videos. Also the timeline contains the photos or memes in which the user is tagged. On a timeline one can track what was posted by them on which date and how many likes and comments were made on that particular post. Every post is customizable and can be shared publically with friends or with specific people.
This is a page where new updates from friends and pages which are liked by an individual are posted. Scrolling through ones newsfeed is one of the most interesting features of Facebook and most of the people spend time on Facebook doing this since it brings together a huge variety of entertainment and social updates from different parts of the world.
It is easy to let your friends on Facebook know that you like their post by clicking on the thumbs up option given below each post. It is also possible to like comments made on a post by clicking on the like option under a comment.
It is a chat platform that can be used to chat with friends and relatives who are on one’s friend list. It is a different application, which needs to be downloaded if using the facebook app (in the browser the friend requests, messages and notifications top one's news feed and can be easily accessed at one place)
The “Events” is one option that would keep a user updated with everything going on in their friend's lives. It reminds for upcoming birthdays or other events which were posted as part of Facebook invites.
It is easy to make comments on other websites while being logged in to one's Facebook account e.g. if one wants to make a comment on an article published on the president of the U.S. on a news website it can be made by means of their Facebook account.
This feature allows users to post an article, or video etc from another website on Facebook while it working with a click. It is not necessary that one has to go to the original website for reading/watching the content posted.
Being too informed about one's friends’ lives also makes using Facebook a boring task. Hence notifications pertaining to friend’s activities or their posts are also known as push notifications, which can be switched off by disabling a simple option in the settings tab.
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