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Learn Facebook Tutorial - How Facebook Works

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Learn Facebook Tutorial: Basics of How Facebook Works
Learn Facebook home page

Facebook's home page offers each user a personalized news feed in the middle, links to other Facebook features on the left and much more.

About This Facebook Tutorial

This step-by-step "Learn Facebook Tutorial" explains what every new Facebook user should know to understand how Facebook works in six areas listed below. Pages 2 through 7 of the steps that follow this page address each key area and feature of the Facebook network:

  • Facebook Account Set-up (2)
  • Using Facebook Profile/Timeline (3)
  • Connecting with Friends (4)
  • Understanding Facebook's Interface (5)
  • Communicating with Friends (6)
  • Privacy Settings and Controls (7)

Facebook Overview

But first, a thumbnail: Facebook is the Internet's most widely used social network, with nearly 1 billion people using it to connect with old friends and meet new ones. Its stated mission is to make the world "more open and connected" by connecting people and facilitating communication between them.

People use Facebook to create personal profiles, add other users as "Facebook friends" and share information with them in myriad ways. How Facebook works can be a bit mysterious to new users, but it's all about communication, so learning the network's core communication tools is essential.

After signing up and adding friends, people communicate with some or all of their Facebook friends by sending private, semi-private or public messages. Messages can take the form of a "status update" (also called a "post"), a private Facebook message, a comment about a friend's post or status, or a quick click of the "like" button to show support for a friend's update or a company's Facebook page.

Once they learn Facebook, most users share all kinds of content - photos, videos, music, jokes, and more. They also join Facebook interest groups to communicate with like-minded people whom they might not otherwise know. After growing familiar with how Facebook works, most people also use special Facebook applications that are available to plan events, play games and engage in other activities.

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