Facebook is a free social networking website. It was founded at Harvard University in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with help from his classmates Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, Andrew McCollum, and Chris Hughes. Originally, the social media site was only available to Harvard University students. Later, the site expanded to include colleges in the Boston area and beyond. Now anyone can create a free account, as long as he or she is at least 13 years old.
Most people create Facebook accounts to be able to connect with friends, both old and new. Many people also create Facebook pages to promote businesses, organizations, or products. There is a Facebook Marketplace, which is similar to Craigslist because it allows users to buy and sell items over the web. However, the primary function of Facebook is to make social connections with others. Facebook users exchange messages, upload pictures, and update their statuses daily. Users can also join organized groups, like groups of coworkers or classmates.
Facebook was a privately owned company until February 2012 when it became a public corporation. The company set up headquarters in Menlo Park, California and began selling public stock in May of 2012.
In April of 2013, Facebook unveiled Home, a design layout for Android smart phones.
In June of 2013, Facebook officially announced they are introducing clickable hashtags. The hashtag symbol (#), commonly found on sites like Twitter and Instagram, will allow Facebook users to become part of a larger discussion on the Facebook website. For example, say you cook an amazing meal and you want to take a picture to put on Facebook. You take a picture, upload your picture, and then hashtag details of your meal so others will be able to see the picture. For example, you might write I really loved this recipe for #macandcheese! So easy to #cook! Now others who are searching for the words mac and cheese or cook will be able to find your picture.
Now that you have more information on Facebook Inc., keep reading to learn how to create an account!
It's important to note the difference between sign in and sign up. The term sign up means you will be creating a totally new Facebook account. The term sign in (i.e. log in, or log on) means you will be accessing your existing Facebook account.
Step 1: After you sign up, Facebook will ask you to enter all of your active email addresses. Completing this step will help you find friends who already have Facebook pages. Facebook says people who complete this step usually find 20 friends
Step 2: After finding friends via email addresses, Facebook will ask you for information to put on your profile. This information includes the high school and college you attended, your employer, current city, and hometown. Keep in mind all this information will be public unless you change the security setting. If you want to change the security setting, click on the globe icon next to each area where you enter information. It will say public. You can change it to friends, only me, or custom. The friends security setting means only friends you have accepted will be able to see the information. The only me setting means only you will be able to see each piece of information. The custom setting lets you decide who specifically will be able to see the information. Also, you do not need to fill out this information if you would rather keep it completely private. After entering the information, click on the Save & Continue button.
Step 3: Set your profile picture. You can set your Facebook picture by either uploading a photo from your computer or taking one with a webcam.To upload a picture: Click on Upload a Picture
To take a photo: YOU MUST HAVE A WEBCAM INSTALLED
Step 4: Explore your new account!
Facebook will take you to your Home page. This is the page where your Newsfeed is located. Once you make friends on Facebook, their status updates will appear in the Newsfeed. Now you are officially signed up for a Facebook account! Click on the button Take a Privacy Tour so you can understand how to safely share information. Remember to NEVER put your home address, phone number, or other very personal information on Facebook (or the internet in general)
Now you have access to your new page!