Getting Started on Facebook: Understanding What’s What

Initially Facebook is a bit strange. Give yourself time to read what others post.

What is the “Wall”? This is your page. The page that others see when they search for you or click on your name. This is where your photos are, updates and anything that you post or comment on.

Inbox=Email: In the top left corner you will see a conversation symbol. This is where you can access and create private messages.

notifications Inbox in Facebook
Notifications: In the top left corner you will also see notifications. When someone comments on something that you have posted, a little red bubble will appear with the number of notifications. Click on this bubble to see what they are, and click on them to review and respond to them.


Friend Requests will also be visible in the same area (top left). Click on icon to see who you have requests from. It is up to you to decide who you accept, and who you don’t. I have made great friends via Facebook with people that I have never met in real life. It is up to you to choose whether you want to accept requests from people that you do not know. I don’t accept requests from people that I don’t know and have NO mutual friends with. I encourage others to do the same.

Posts: whether you are on the ‘newsfeed page’ or your profile page, you will have a text box to post updates. You will also see little icons above that box. Here you can click to add pictures, links, etc. What you post here will show up on your wall, and in the newsfeed of your friends.

Pages vs. Profiles: Profiles are for ‘people’ and pages are for businesses. In a nutshell, that is the simplest description. If you are new to Facebook, I suggest getting the hang of it before you create a business page.

Groups: Groups in Facebook allow people to be ‘grouped’ together on a page that can either be public or private. Members of a group can receive email notifications of posts as well as notifications in the upper toolbar in Facebook. People can add you to a group without your permission, but you can leave or turn off notifications.

How do I use Facebook?

Privacy: There is a lot of talk about privacy concerns on facebook. With the exception of the email, most activity on Facebook is visible to your friends. When you comment on things, those comments are visible to their friends as well. I encourage people not to post anything that they would not want others to see. Period! It is a good idea to tweak your privacy settings. You can do this by going to the top right hand corner and clicking on ‘account’.

Facebook is simple, yet complex. There is a lot more to it than meets the eye, but this should get you started!

“The more that you give, the more you will receive”

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Heather O

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