Facebook may seem like a big scary world, but it’s not. Facebook is one of the most popular social networking platforms out there (Twitter is up there, too) and a lot of people use it for a variety of reasons. If you want to get involved in this big world of social media, how do you get started? What can you do in order to make your Facebook profile the best that it can be? In this article, we’re going to check that out.
Signing up is easy. Back in the day, you used to have to have an .edu email address in order to sign up and join Facebook. Now, you can be anyone. Make sure that you sign up under the name that you want people to know you as, though. If it’s a nickname, if you use your middle name, whatever it is. There are some horror stories out there about people not being able to change their name once they signed up. Sign up with your valid email address, and you’re ready to go.
Set up your profile:
Being on Facebook is boring without a profile, so set yours up. You don’t have to share everything (for example, if you aren’t comfortable sharing your sexuality or your birthday on your profile, you don’t have to), but share some things. Add movies and books that you like. Post a picture; find a cover picture that you want to use. Set up your profile in such a way that you show who you are, that’s what social networking is for.
Another hint – if you’re married, are known by another name, or whatever, there is also an alternate name option. The name you put in there will show up next to your name when people check out your profile. Sweet!
Start finding friends:
If you have family and friends on Facebook, go looking for them. The search function makes this really easy. This will help you gain more likes and connections on the social network. You can also look for people who are in your address book by linking your email to Facebook temporarily so it can grab your contacts. You can also look up people in a variety of ways. Add them as friends, and ta-da! Another way to keep in touch with the people that you love.
A word from the wise- if you are one of those people that likes to find old friends, makes sure they were actually friends. I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve gotten Facebook requests from people who barely spoke to me or were mean to me while we were growing up. Facebook is for friends, and not for being nosy!
Hopefully this will help you get started on Facebook. It can seem intimidating at first, but as you get used to it, you are more likely to find people you know and make connections with people that you may not have seen for a long time. Happy Facebooking!
Danny Smith loves Facebook for connecting with friends and also for promoting his business. When he’s not online, he likes surfing and you can find him sharing videos and pictures of his time on the waves on social media.