Logging In to Facebook
Go to Facebook.com and bookmark the site in your browser. Click on the sign-in button and enter your email address and your password for the account. (If you have a password program that collects passwords, save this one.) Once you are signed in to Facebook, you’ll see a bar on the left side of your screen that shows how much you have left to do to set up your account. There is usually a single bar graph that shows you how much you have to do to complete the process. You might be thinking, Hey, I already signed up! but you still need to add your photos and more information to flesh out your page. It’s a lot like creating a web page. To do this, go to your profile, look for the word “edit,” and click on it. If you can’t find that word, just let your mouse hover over or near the word “profile” without clicking it, and you will usually see an edit button there.
Editing Your Account
Once you’ve begun editing, one of the first things you’ll be asked to add is a profile photograph, and a timeline photograph at the top. This is fairly easy to do. There is a button after you click on the words, “add your photo” that says “browse.” Click on that browse button. Now you are looking through the files on your computer for an image. The picture you choose for your profile picture will be the one that is most seen by people but it will also be displayed at a very small size most of the time. This picture does not have to be a picture of you. It could be of your art, your dog, your town—anything at all—and you can change it as often as you like. There will be more questions to answer before your profile is complete, but you do not have to put up any more photos yet, other than one more for the top of your page which is the biggest image. Seen on your page initially. So use your art here or something beautiful. You will have to crop it into a landscape, horizontal image, but it is the same process as your profile photo.
As you move down the list of things Facebook is asking you to complete, you will see areas where you can fill in your education and interests. I would only fill in the essentials. It is good to put down your real university if you attended one because Facebook is one of the best ways to keep track of and get in touch with your former classmates. At the same time, it’s good to know that you can block people you do not wish to talk to. Privacy and stalkers are taken very seriously on Facebook, and there are many controls to allow you to limit what can be seen of your personal information, and it’s easy to change your privacy settings.
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