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How To: Facebook © R. Craig Collins, 2011

Please note: Facebook tends to change and update policies and their interface often, these notes should be close but may require a bit of tweaking
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The Basics Setting up your Profile Using Facebook Facebook Fan Page The Next Step

The Basics
Facebook is a popular social networking site that allows you to make connections, share interests, and follow groups. Facebook is the largest social networking site in the world with over 600 million users, more than twice the population of the US; everyday half a million people join Facebook. The fastest growing group on Facebook is people over the age of 30.

Exploring a Facebook page.

1 Notifications (numbered if you have a new items)
Friend Request notification area Friend Request
Message received notification area Message Notification
Notifications (people have replied to your posts) Notification

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Facebook main page
2Change from 'Home' (your News/Updates') to Messages, Events,
or Friends
3Manage Groups or Fan pages
4Friends online
5 Main Area View Options
6 Share area, to post messages, photos, etc.
7 A posted message
8 Number of people who 'Like' the post
9 Click to also 'Like' a post
10 Click to reply to a post
11 Upcoming events, or birthdays of friends
12 Friends available to chat

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Thumbs UpSetting up your profile
Create Account at www.facebook.com

Fill out the form that asks for your full name, email address, a password and your birthday.
(The birthday remains private unless you choose to make it available.)

Sign Up screen

You'll also have to type in a series of letters and numbers for a security check as well as check a box saying that you understand and agree to the terms of use and privacy policy. Click the "Sign up now!" button when you have completed the form.

Sign Up Challenge

Wait for your confirmation email. Facebook sends this email to confirm your registration. When you get the email, click on the link in the email to confirm that you did in fact register for a Facebook account. You will then be logged into Facebook.

You will be prompted to complete some basic information, but all of this can be done later.

Adding base infor to facebook

Click on Profile, top right.

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Profile page

13 Note: The Wall is used for person to person communication, but these are not private as are Messages... it is sort of like putting a post it note on someone's door... other's can see it but realize that it is was intended for an individual, not a group. The result shows up on both users list of Posts, and anyone looking at your Wall would see it.

Now you can fill in or change any thing on your profile you didn't do earlier... Click Edit Profile. (On this page, it is top right, #14).

14 Edit profile

If not viewing your profile, choose Profile in the upper right corner, then chose Edit Profile.

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Profile page

Note: Plan to return here often, filling in a little at a time, working your way down the list on the left side.

Edit Profile

15 Account Security

Select Account, in the upper right hand side.

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Profile page

Account\Secure Session
While on Facebook, look at your URL address; if you see http: instead of https: then you don't have a secure session.
15 Go to Account|Account Settings|Account Security and click Change. Check first box for secure sessions and then save.

Account options

< Account Settings
< Privacy Settings

Account\Privacy Settings

Please spend some time on this page, making sure you know who can see your 'stuff!'
I recommend Friends Only, but you can make a Custom setting.

Security settings

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Thumbs UpUsing Facebook
about Friend Requests     about News/Updates     about Photos     about Messages     about Events

Friend Request

13 Click Friends
Profile page
1) Use the Find Friends tool to search your email for people in Facebook, or
2) Click on search at the top of the page, and type in a name. Chose a name from the list, and click [+1 Add as Friend], or
3) Click on an icon in your News/Updates area to open a persons page, and click [+1 Add as Friend]

You may add a comment when making a friend request.

Accepting a Friend Request
Click the Friend Request alert icon, the chose [Confirm] or [Not Now]
Friend Request, Open
Note: doing nothing allows people to see, but not post on your wall or comment on posts.

Chose home in the upper right corner. Reading News/Updates posts is just a matter of scrolling down the 'Home' page.

Facebook main page

7Anatomy of a New/Update item


8 Each posted News/Update item may have comments or likes from other users.
9 Click here if you 'Like' a News/Update item.
10 Click here to reply or comment on other News/Updates posts (Press enter when finished)
Share copies their post to your friends.

5 If you click here, near the top of the page, you can change how News/Updates are sorted

6 Click the [What's on your mind] box to post your own News/Updates
Later you may see Notification icon, this notice let's you know that someone replied to one of your News/Update 'discussions'
(You may also get an email).

6Adding Photos instead of Status update just requires telling Facebook where the pictures are
Facebook photos

Basically, a private email system
Message notification icon indicates you have received a message

Facebook main page
Used to track and create invitations to events, or be notified of birthdays, etc.

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Thumbs UpFacebook Fan pages
Note: I used to prefer creating groups, but a group now matches your personal account security settings; I prefer not to make 200 people a semester a friend on 'my' personal account.

Skip to managing account screenshots if you have already set up your fan page

Begin at http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php

Facebook Fan Page

Select the Local Business or Place button to get the following, use the dropdown list to select your category

Facebook Business page creation                  Facebook Fan page options

Complete the rest of the form, and agree to the Facebook Pages Terms. (Note, if you were logged into your Facebook account, you are now assigned as the administrator of this new fan page. More on that in a moment.

You will be presented with a screen similar to the following, you must first confirm your page category
New Facebook Fan Page confirmation

Then your screen should look like the following:

1) Add an Image New Facebook Fan Page starting screen
2) Invite your friends
3) Tell your fans
4) Post status updates
5) Promote this Page on your site
6) Set up your mobile phone

A little about Tabs

1) Add an Image
Add an Image
Browse to image

2) Invite your friends
Invite your friends

3) Tell your fans
Tell your fans

4) Post status updates
Post Status Updates

LIKE your page!

Add administrators

Click See All to add or remove administrators of you Fan Page
Add administrators

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Tabs on your Fan Page
You can also customize your Fan page with tabs....
Example Tab on fan page

  1. Click Edit Page on your Facebook fan page
  2. Click Apps
  3. On the bottom of the page you should see the Static FBML app…
  4. Click Add App
  5. Now click Go to App
  6. It will take you to this simple edit screen.
  7. Whatever you enter in the "Box Title" will be the text on the tab itself. The large FBML field is reserved for the content of the field.

Details at https://www.facebook.com/help/172925542764476

A short list of other Related Links (not a comprehensive list, nor is this list guaranteed to be up to date, accurate, or useful...)
Facebook Tutorial Series, set up a Facebook Fan Page for your business
How to Set up a Fan Page that works, from Direct Creative Blog
How to: Setting up a Winning Facebook Fan Page, by Susan Payton
Video Tutorial on New Facebook Fan Page layout


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Thumbs UpThe Next step
I plan to add more on the use of Facebook, including Chat... what else would you like to see included?
Let me know at craig.collins@templejc.edu

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