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Intermediate | Video: Setting up a Facebook Account

Posted on December 22nd, 2010 by Alexis Cala No Comments

By now, you’ve heard of a little thing called Facebook. It is an excellent tool for connecting with old classmates and friends, so it’s no wonder why people of all ages love the social networking web site. Facebook allows you to share photos, update friends and family members about your life, and spend hours playing games and quizzes. Even if you only use it every once in a while, here is how to set up your account with no fuss.

What you’ll need: An e-mail account, a secure password and a photo of yourself uploaded to your computer if you wish to have one associated with your Facebook profile.

Step 1: Type into your browser.

This will take you to the sign-up screen where you will enter your name, e-mail address, birth date, gender, and password.

Step 2: Take the “human test.”

Just to make sure you aren’t a robot, Facebook will ask you to type two words that are in a box. Type them as you see them and include the space. If you have trouble seeing them clearly, you can use something called “Audio Captcha.” A voice will say words for you to type.

Step 3: Type in your e-mail and password.

Once you’ve made it past security, Facebook will make things easy for you by asking for your e-mail address and password so it can tell you if the people you e-mail are also on Facebook. It will then list all of those people. You can check the boxes next to the names of the people you would like to invite to be your friend. Don’t worry if you don’t see some of the people you’d like to add. You can search for more people later.

Step 4: Add a little personal information about you.

This is one more way Facebook will search for people you may know. If you want people from jobs or schools to find you, enter this information. It is optional, though, so you don’t need to if you’d rather not catch up with old friends.

Step 5: Upload a photo of you.

Now it’s time to add your profile picture. You get the option of using a picture you already love or take a new picture with your web cam. You can add more pictures later, and you can change your profile picture as often as you’d like.

Step 6: Learn about your privacy and security.

Once you’re in the first thing you should do is go to the account tab and click on “Privacy Settings.” That’s where you can decide who gets to see things on your profile, search for you online, or add you as a friend. This is all up to you and you can be as private or public as you like. Terms like “Wall” refer to the area of your profile where you and other people can post updates. “Tags” or “Tagging” means photos or other posts that people associate your name with. Facebook has a page dedicated to the safety of its members. Review it to learn how to keep yourself secure.

Step 7: Populate your profile!

Here’s where you get to say as little or as much as you want about your interests, likes, family, and life.

Step 8: Finish by finding friends.

You can find friends on Facebook in a few ways. One way is to type a person’s name into Facebook’s search engine. Or, you can log-on to your e-mail account(s) via Facebook, and the site will connect you with friends in your contact list. In order to be friends with people on Facebook, they need to accept your request or you need to accept their request. If ever you don’t want to be friends with someone, you can click a button to ignore them. If you don’t know who they are, you can send them a message asking them how they know you so you can decide if you want to add them.

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