Getting Started on Facebook: How to Set up Your Facebook Personal Profile

Getting Started on Facebook

For those who are just getting started on Facebook, or maybe signed up but really weren’t sure what to do next, this post is for you. If you are already on Facebook, skim through anyway, you might pick up something of value.

Many people are invited to join Facebook  by their friends, so they have a link to click on in the email they got. If not, fill in your name and email address at

First a bit about Privacy on Facebook:

Check your Privacy Settings! Facebook is a place for sharing, but you want to make sure that you know who you are sharing what with! (I always suggest that you assume that everything you post is public!)

Consider this also. In addition to knowing what your privacy settings are, it is never a good idea to post that you are home alone, are going to be on vacation for a week, etc. Lots of people have lost jobs posting about hating their jobs, making negative comments about their jobs, customers, etc. If you wouldn’t want it posted in the local newspaper with your name on it, don’t post it on Facebook! (Facebook has more readers.)

Now let’s get you started on your initial profile:

  1. You will need a photo, of you! Go ahead and find one & get it on your computer if it isn’t already.
  2. Going through the sign up process is pretty self explanatory. Use the email address that you use most often as you will want to allow Facebook to search your contacts to get going.
  3. If you are married, it is a good idea to use first name, maiden name, married name.
  4. Birthday: I recommend putting your correct birthday in, but changing the year by one year (for security purposes). Put the correct day as it is fun to get birthday wishes!
  5. Hometown, past schools, etc…It is a good idea to fill these in correctly so your past friends can find you.

Explain the Facebook Personal Profile

Once you have your profile set up and you have found some friends, now what?

Read my next post, Getting Started on Facebook: Understanding What’s What.

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