Facebook is a great way to find old friends and meet new ones. It’s fun to see what everyone’s doing and let them know what’s up with you. Once you start “friending” people you’ll be able to keep up with things like when they write a new blog post or update their profile or add photos. You can also join Facebook groups that share similar interests, or click “like” on a Facebook fan page to show your support for your favorite band or movie or cause. Some people like Twitter more than Facebook; some like Facebook better. You should try it out and see what’s the best fit for you. You like both? No worries. You can sync your Twitter account with your Facebook page so both are updated at the same time.
So, let's get started!
First type www.facebook.com into the URL window or what’s called the Address Bar at the top of the screen.
Fill in the form on the main page.
If you don’t already have one, check out the instructions on how to open a FREE GMail account, then come back to this lesson.
Avoid using anything too obvious for your password like "password" or your name. Use something memorable and meaningful to you or maybe your grade school mascot or favorite band - something you can remember but isn't instantly obvious to others.
Fill in the correct responses for gender and birth date. This information won’t be displayed on your page (unless you want it to be).
Type the string of letters you see into the box. (This is a security check to prevent computer-generated spam.) If you can’t read the letters, click the “try different words” link to get new words. If you have speakers or headphones, there’s an audio link. It may take a time or two to get it right, but don’t give up!
Click “Sign up”.
Facebook will send you an email to confirm that you are really you. Up near the top of the screen you’ll see a link that will take you to your email account, or you can just go there on your own. Look for an email from Facebook with the subject “Just one more step to get started on Facebook”. Open the email then click on the link to confirm.
Once you get past that, you’re in!
Facebook may already have a friend suggestion waiting for you. Feel free to add friends or skip that step. You can add friends at anytime.
Now you can start filling out your profile, reaching out, searching for pals or family, groups, and organizations on Facebook, uploading photos, and generally joining in the endless activities that go on in this virtual community.
Most of the instructions are fairly simple and follow a 1-2-3 step kind of process. Facebook has a Help Center that can answer many of your questions at www.facebook.com/help, and you can also post questions to the We Are Visible Community via Twitter or our Facebook page.
If you have text message service on your phone you may want to sign up for Facebook Mobile. You’ll be able to receive texts with your friends' status updates and messages instantly and update your status and message friends using SMS text messages. You can always add or remove settings at anytime.
Last but not least!
It’s important that once you create your Facebook page you come back to WeAreVisible.com, click on the “Be Seen” tab and then the “I Am Visible” Twitter button.
A new window will pop up. You’re now on the Facebook site. If you are not already logged in, it will ask for your username and password. Log in!
You’ll be taken to the We Are Visible Fan page. Click the “like” button near the top center of the page. Then please introduce yourself by writing a little about yourself on the “wall” (that’s the box at the top of the page that says “write something”).
One other thing you can do on Facebook is post pages you like to your personal Profile page. You can link the We Are Visible site to your page by clicking the “Share on Facebook” button here on this site. It will open a new window that takes you to the Facebook site. If you’re not still logged in, enter your username and password. You’ll see the box where you can enter a comment, or just click the “share” at the bottom right of the window.
You’ll see the “share” option on lots of websites, so if you like a site and want to share it on your Profile, it’s just that easy!
So, that’s it! You’re now on Facebook and connected to a global community. Welcome, friend!