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Facebook: The Ultimate Guide for Beginners

Facebook is one of the most popular and important social networking sites in the world. It has about three billion people as of 2021, and about half of them use Facebook daily

But what is Facebook, and how can you use it to connect with your friends, family, and interests? In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about Facebook, from its background and features to its benefits and problems.

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Table of Contents

  • What is Facebook?
  • How to Create a Facebook Account
  • How to Use Facebook
  • How to Customize Your Facebook Profile
  • How to Find and Connect with People on Facebook
  • How to Share and Engage with Content on Facebook
  • How to Use Facebook Messenger
  • How to Use Facebook Groups
  • How to Use Facebook Pages
  • How to Use Facebook Events
  • How to Use Facebook Marketplace
  • How to Use Facebook Watch
  • How to Use Facebook Live
  • How to Use Facebook Stories
  • How to Use Facebook Dating
  • How to Use Facebook Gaming
  • How to Use Facebook News
  • How to Use Facebook Ads
  • How to Protect Your Privacy and Security on Facebook
  • Conclusion
  • Frequently Asked Questions

What is Facebook?

You may establish a personal profile on Facebook and add other users as friends. You can also send messages, make status updates, share pictures and videos, join groups, follow pages, go to events, buy and sell things, watch movies, play games, read the news, and do a lot more.

Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard University buddies created Facebook in 2004.The website, which had been introduced as Face Mash on October 28, 2003, changed its name to The Facebook on February 4, 2004.

Giving individuals the ability to create communities and unite the globe is central to Facebook’s aim.

Facebook is a part of Meta Platforms, a business that also runs Oculus, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger.

How to Create a Facebook Account

To use Facebook, you need to create an account first. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Click here to visit Facebook or get the Facebook app for your smartphone.
  2. Name, email or phone number, password, date of birth, and gender must all be entered.
  3. Click Create New Account or Sign Up.
  4. Enter the code Facebook provides you to verify your email address or phone number.
  5. Congratulations! Your Facebook account has been created.

How to Use Facebook

You may use Facebook to connect with friends and others who share your interests after creating an account. On Facebook, you may do the following things:

  • Update your status: Post a text, image, video, link, or other piece of material to your timeline or news feed to let your friends know what’s on your mind.
  • Clicking the “Like” button or leaving a remark on someone else’s article is one way to express your admiration or criticism. You may respond by expressing various emotions including love, laughter, awe, sadness, or rage.
  • Share and reshare: By clicking the Share button, you may send links to other people’s postings to your friends or groups. You may share your own content as well as that from pages or organizations you follow.
  • Mention and tag other individuals by using @ followed by their names in your articles or comments. They will get a notification that you mentioned them and a link from your post or comment to their profile.
  • store and bookmark: By selecting the Save option, you may store or bookmark articles that you wish to return to later. Your saved posts are accessible through the Saved menu item.
  • Follow and unfollow: By choosing the Follow or Unfollow option, you may choose to follow or unfollow other persons, pages, groups, or subjects that catch your attention. What appears on your news feed will change as a result.
  • Hide and report: By clicking the three dots in the upper right corner of the post, you may hide or report posts that you don’t want to see in your news feed. Users that harass or spam you may also be blocked or reported.

How to Customize Your Facebook Profile

You may express who you are and what matters to you on your profile. You may edit your profile by doing the following:

  1. By clicking your name or profile photo in the upper left corner of Facebook, you may access your profile.
  2. To modify your basic information, including your bio, employment, education, contact information, and family information, click Edit Profile or Update Info.
  3. To upload or choose a picture that will be shown at the top of your profile, click Add a Cover picture or Change Cover Photo.
  4. To upload or choose a picture that will serve as your Facebook profile picture, click Add a Profile Picture or Change Profile Picture.
  5. To share a picture or a video that will vanish after 24 hours, click Add a Story or Create Story.
  6. To choose up to five photographs that will show on your profile below your bio, click Add Featured photographs.
  7. To choose the details you wish to reveal to Facebook users who are not your friends, click Edit Public Details.

How to Find and Connect with People on Facebook

You may use Facebook to locate and connect with people who important to you, which is one of its key goals. Here are a few strategies for doing that:

  • Search: To find people, pages, groups, events, or subjects that interest you, use the search box at the top of Facebook. The categories of people, images, videos, posts, pages, groups, events, applications, and more are available as filters for your search results.
  • Requests for friends: By selecting the Add Friend or Confirm button, you may make or accept requests for friends from other users. By selecting the Cancel Request or Delete Request option, friend requests may likewise be cancelled or deleted.
  • The pals page on your profile will allow you to browse and modify your list of pals. In order to categorize your friends into groups like close friends, family, colleagues, classmates, etc., you can also make your own lists.
  • Suggestions: By selecting the People You May Know area from the menu, you might find new acquaintances that you may know or share friends with. By selecting the Explore menu item, you may also view recommendations for websites, social networks, events, and subjects that you might find interesting.
  • Invitations: By selecting the Invite Friends option from the menu, you may ask your friends to join you on Facebook. By selecting Find Friends from the menu, you may also send invitations to your contacts via your phone or email.

How to Share and Engage with Content on Facebook

Facebook is a fantastic platform for sharing and discussing intriguing or entertaining information. The following are some examples of the content kinds that you may share and interact with on Facebook:

  • images and videos: By clicking the Photo/Video button in the status box, you may share images and movies that you shoot with your friends or groups or upload from your computer or camera. Additionally, you may modify your images and videos before sharing them by adding filters, stickers, text, or effects.
  • Links: By copying and pasting URLs from other websites or applications into the status box, you may share links. The title, description, and picture of the website or app will be shown in a preview of the link that Facebook will automatically create.
  • GIFs: By clicking the GIF button in the status box, animated pictures or GIFs may be shared. Additionally, you may use keywords to search for GIFs or browse through other categories including responses, emotions, and trending.
  • By selecting the Poll button in the status box, you may construct polls to get answers or feedback from your friends or groups. Additionally, you can determine a poll’s length and provide alternatives for respondents to choose from.
  • By clicking the Check In button in the status box, you may share where you are or are visiting. In addition, you may submit a picture or video of your location and tag any companions you have.
  • By selecting the Feeling/Activity button in the status box, you may express your feelings or what you are doing. Additionally, you have a variety of emoji, moods, actions, causes, etc. to choose from.

How to Use Facebook Messenger

With the help of the instant messaging tool Facebook Messenger, you may communicate with Facebook connections and pals. These procedures will allow you to utilize Messenger:

  1. Go to https://www.messenger.com/ or download the Messenger app on your mobile device.
  2. Sign in with your Facebook account or phone number if prompted.
  3. Click New Message or Compose Message to start a new conversation with someone.
  4. Type your message in the text box and press Enter or Send to send it.
  5. You can also add photos, videos, stickers, emojis, GIFs, voice messages, files, polls, games, etc. by clicking the icons below the text box.
  6. You can also make voice or video calls by clicking the Phone or Video icon at the top of the conversation.

How to Use Facebook Groups

Facebook Groups are spaces where you can join or create communities around shared interests, hobbies, causes, etc. You can use Groups by following these steps:

  1. Visit Facebook Groups at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ or choose the Groups menu option.
  2. Browse or do a search for organizations that interest you using categories like gaming, fitness, sports, and entertainment, among others.
  3. To join a group, click Join Group or Request to Join. Before joining, you may have to respond to a few questions or accept a few regulations.
  4. By clicking the group’s name or emblem, you may see and take part in the group’s posts, comments, polls, events, etc.
  5. To form your own group, click Create Group or New Group. You may choose a group name, description, privacy setting, cover picture, and invite group members.
  6. By selecting the three dots in the group’s upper right corner, you may manage your group’s settings, members, posts, alerts, and other features.

How to Use Facebook Pages

Facebook Pages are public profiles that represent businesses, brands, celebrities, organizations, etc. You can use Pages by following these steps:

  1. Click here to visit Facebook Pages or choose Pages from the menu’s tab.
  2. Browse through or do a search for sites that interest you using categories like music, movies, sports, news, etc.
  3. To express your interest in or support for a page, click Like or Follow. You’ll get updates from the page and be able to view its postings in your news feed.
  4. By clicking the page’s name or symbol, you may browse and engage with the page’s posts, photographs, videos, events, reviews, and other content.
  5. To build your own page, click build Page or New Page. For your page, you may choose a category, name, description, profile picture, and cover image.
  6. By selecting the three dots in the upper right corner of the page, you may control the settings, insights, posts, messages, alerts, and other aspects of your page.

How to Use Facebook Events

Facebook Events are online or offline gatherings that you can create or join to celebrate, socialize, learn, etc. You can use Events by following these steps:

  1. Click here to see Facebook’s events page. or use the menu’s Events tab.
  2. Browse through or do a search for events that interest you using categories like music, art, comedy, sports, etc.
  3. To indicate your interest in or attendance at an event, click Going or Interested. Reminders and information about the event will be sent to you.
  4. By clicking the event’s name or emblem, you may see and participate in the conversation, see images and videos, buy tickets, and more.
  5. To create your own event, click Create Event or New Event. For your event, you may choose a name, a description, a date and time, a location, privacy settings, a cover picture, and invitees.
  6. By selecting the three dots in the upper right corner of the event, you may manage the settings, specifics, attendees, postings, alerts, and other aspects of your event.

How to Use Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace is a place where you can buy and sell items with people in your local community. You can use Marketplace by following these steps:

  1. Visit Facebook Marketplace at https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/ or choose Marketplace from the menu.
  2. Browse or search through categories like cars, homes and gardens, clothes and accessories, electronics, etc. to find anything you wish to buy or sell.
  3. To examine an item’s information, pictures, price, location, seller profile, etc., click on it.
  4. To communicate with the seller and submit a query or an offer, click Message Seller or Request Details.
  5. To finalize your purchase or offer, click Buy Now or Make Offer. You may choose a payment method and, if offered, a delivery option.
  6. If you want to sell anything that you own, click Sell anything or Create New Listing. For your item, you may choose a category, title, description, price, condition, pictures, and location.
  7. By selecting the Your Items option from the menu, you may manage your listings, messages, orders, alerts, and other items.

How to Use Facebook Watch

Facebook Watch is a video platform where you can watch original shows, live streams, and videos from your friends and pages that you follow. You can use Watch by following these steps:

  1. Visit https://www.facebook.com/watch/ or choose the Watch symbol from the menu.
  2. Browse or do a search for the videos you wish to watch by selecting a category, such as news, sports, entertainment, gaming, etc.
  3. To play a video and see its information, comments, responses, etc., click on the link for that particular video.
  4. To follow or unfollow the maker of the video and stop receiving updates from them, click Follow or Unfollow.
  5. To share or save the video with your friends, family, or groups, click Share or Save.
  6. To make your own live or recorded video and share it with your audience, click Create Live Video or Upload Video.
  7. By selecting the Your Videos option from the menu, you may manage your videos, followers, notifications, etc.

How to Use Facebook Live

You may broadcast live video to your Facebook friends and followers using the Facebook Live tool. By doing the following, you may utilize Live:

  1. Click here to visit Facebook Live. or choose Live from the status box’s icon.
  2. Pick a location for your live video to be shared, such as your timeline, a group, a page, or an event.
  3. Select the audience for your live video, such as the whole public, friends, particular friends, etc.
  4. The title and description of your live video should be added.
  5. If you wish to utilize any tags, stickers, filters, effects, or contributions with your live video, add them.
  6. To begin broadcasting your live video, click Go Live or Start Live Video.
  7. Engage your audience by reading their comments and answering their questions.
  8. When your live video is over, choose Finish or End Live Video.

How to Use Facebook Stories

Photos and videos on Facebook Stories vanish after 24 hours. By doing the following, you may utilize Stories:

  1. Navigate to https://www.facebook.com/stories simply click the Stories button in the Facebook’s upper-left corner.
  2. Create your narrative by clicking Create narrative or Add to Story.
  3. Decide whether you want to upload a picture or a video that you already have on your smartphone or capture one with your camera.
  4. Text, stickers, filters, effects, and drawings may all be added if you wish to utilize them in your narrative.
  5. To tell your tale to your friends or groups, click Send To or Share Now.
  6. By clicking the profile photo of another user in the tales area, you may read and respond to their stories.
  7. Utilize the Your Story tab in the menu to control your tales, viewers, settings, alerts, etc.

How to Use Facebook Dating

You may look for and connect with possible love partners on Facebook using the Facebook Dating function. By doing the following, you may utilize dating:

  1. Click here to see Facebook’s dating page. or choose the Dating menu item.
  2. By selecting your name, age, gender, location, images, and preferences for your matches, you may create your dating profile.
  3. By selecting the Suggested Matches or Search Matches option, you may browse or look for additional dating profiles that meet your requirements.
  4. To express interest or indifference in a profile, click Like or Pass. You will be able to strike up a discussion if you two get along.
  5. To send or receive messages from your matches, click Message or Reply. To liven up your conversation, you may also include images, movies, stickers, emoticons, GIFs, and more.
  6. To add someone to your secret crush list from your Facebook friends or Instagram followers, click Secret Crush or Add Crush. You will be matched if they also add you to their list.
  7. By selecting the Settings option from the menu, you can control your dating profile, matches, messages, settings, notifications, and more.

How to Use Facebook Gaming

Facebook Gaming is a platform where you can play games, watch live streams, and join gaming communities on Facebook. You can use Gaming by following these steps:

  1. Click the Gaming link in the menu or visit https://www.facebook.com/gaming/.
  2. By categories like action, adventure, puzzle, simulation, etc., browse or search for the games you wish to play.
  3. To launch a game on your browser or device, click Play Now or Install Game.
  4. By using filters like popular, suggested, trending, etc., browse or search for live streams that you wish to watch.
  5. For more information about a live broadcast, including its details, discussion, reactions, and more, click Watch Now or Follow Streamer.
  6. Browse through or do a search for gaming communities that you wish to join using categories like genres, platforms, locations, etc.
  7. A gaming group’s postings, comments, events, etc. may be seen by clicking Join Group or Request to Join to join the group.
  8. You may create your own live broadcast and show off your gaming by clicking Go Live or Create Live Video.
  9. Click the Your Gaming option in the menu to manage your games, streams, groups, settings, alerts, etc.

How to Use Facebook News

You may read and follow news from different sources and subjects on Facebook using the Facebook News function. By doing the following, you may utilize News:

  1. Click the News icon in the menu or visit https://www.facebook.com/news/.
  2. Browse through or do a search for news items that catch your attention using categories like top stories, local, business, entertainment, health, science, sports, etc.
  3. To read and see a news story’s information, comments, replies, etc., click on the story’s link.
  4. Click Follow or Unfollow to subscribe to or unsubscribe from the news source’s updates.
  5. To forward the news article to your friends, groups, or other contacts, click Share or Save.
  6. To see the most recent news items from your subscribed sources or themes, click Today’s Stories or Your Subscriptions.
  7. The Settings tab in the menu lets you control your news sources, subjects, settings, alerts, etc.

How to Use Facebook Ads

Facebook Ads are commercials you may make or see on Facebook to market your company, brand, item, service, occasion, etc. These steps may be used to utilize ads:

  1. Visit the following website: https://www.facebook.com/business/ads/ or choose the Ads icon from the menu.
  2. Click Create an Ad or Choose a Goal to begin building your advertising campaign and choose your goal, such as awareness, consideration, or conversion.
  3. To see how your advertising campaign will appear on various platforms and devices, choose your target market, budget, timetable, placement, and creative.
  4. To begin running your advertising campaign and connecting with your target market, click Confirm or Publish.
  5. Clicking the Ads Manager option in the menu will allow you to see and evaluate the performance, outcomes, insights, etc. of your advertising campaign.
  6. By clicking the Sponsored label or the three-dot symbol in the upper right corner of the ad, you may see and engage with other people’s advertising that show up in your news feed, stories, watch, marketplace, etc.

How to Protect Your Privacy and Security on Facebook

The firm values your privacy and security on the Facebook network. However, you must take further precautions to ensure the security of your account and your personal information. To protect your security and privacy on Facebook, you may do the following:

  • Choose a strong password for your account that is unique, and change it often.
  • When logging in and enabling two-factor authentication for your account, use a reliable device or app.
  • By evaluating and changing your privacy settings, you may control who has access to your profile, posts, articles, groups, pages, events, etc.
  • Determine what information you want to share or delete from your history by reviewing and managing your activity log, timeline, tags, and other things.
  • Examine and control the websites, apps, ad settings, face recognition, etc. associated with your account to choose what you want to enable or disable.
  • Before determining what to enable or deactivate, review and configure your alerts, sessions, devices, security and login settings, and other account preferences.
  • Take a look at and manage your account settings for personal information, contact information, identity verification, etc., and make any changes or confirmations you wish to make.
  • Review and modify your blocking settings, restricted list, ignored messages, etc., and choose which Facebook users you don’t want to be able to contact or see.

Conclusion

Facebook is a strong and diverse social networking tool that may help you connect with your friends, family, and hobbies. You may use Facebook to share and participate with numerous forms of material, such as images, videos, links, GIFs, polls, check-ins, sentiments, activities, etc. You may also use Facebook to join or build communities around common interests, hobbies, causes, etc., such as groups, pages, events, marketplace, watch, live, stories, dating, gaming, news, etc. You may also use Facebook to advertise your company, brand, product, service, event, etc., by generating and running advertising on Facebook. However, you also need to be cautious and responsible while using Facebook and preserve your privacy and security on the network.

We hope that this tutorial has helped you understand and utilize Facebook better. If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about Facebook:

  • How do I remove my Facebook account?
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    A: You may click the Delete Account option in the menu or go to https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account to completely delete your Facebook account. Before your account is deleted, you will have 30 days to reverse your deletion request. By visiting https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=your_facebook_information or selecting the Deactivate Account option from the menu, you may also temporarily deactivate your account. By signing in once again, you may reactivate your account at any moment.

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    How can I change the language on Facebook?

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    A: You may either click the Language option in the menu or go to https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=language to change your Facebook language. On Facebook, there are more than 100 languages to pick from.

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    How can I report a Facebook issue?

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    A: You may visit https://www.facebook.com/help/186570224871049 or select the Report an issue option in the menu if you wish to report an issue with Facebook, such as a bug, a violation, a scam, or feedback. You may choose the categories and choices that best characterize your issue and, if additional information is required, offer it.

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