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What is Facebook?

April 24, 2020

What is Facebook?

Facebook is a social network that connects family and friends from around the world. It’s a place on the internet where people share photos, videos, say hello, join groups, and follow people and businesses that interest them. 

You could join a group for beginner gardeners or follow an expert in compost to read the advice they share. You could add your family and friends accounts to view their photos and keep up to date with their activities.

Facebook also helps people reconnect with old friends. You can search for them based on where you live or used to live, where you went to school, or through friends you have in common.

Facebook is large, busy, and can be overwhelming. Much like a new car, there are buttons everywhere, but you only need to know a few for day to day use. Here are some guides to help you get familiar with Facebook and learn how valuable it is to connect with people while you’re apart.


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The beginner’s guide to Facebook

Pour a hot drink and settle in for this 30-minute video introducing you to Facebook. If you want to follow along, play it on your tablet while Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ is open on your computer. This video is a great starting point and covers setting up a profile, sharing, tagging, and your account settings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjbRBd-HbYY

How to create a Facebook account

Follow this link to learn how to create a Facebook account. You will be connecting with family and enjoying each other’s updates, photos, and videos in no time! Learn how to create an account here: https://youtu.be/HY4xDospoJk

How to use Facebook groups

Facebook groups are communities of people who share your interests. A woodturning group will feature other woodturners who share their work, ask each other questions, and trade tips. Each group is a small community of people sharing a common interest. Some are local while others are comprised of people spread around the world. There are book groups, gardening groups, knitting groups, theatre groups, dance groups, and many more. Learn how to find, join, and even create a group here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX9AO0rwXkA&feature=youtu.be

How to adjust your Facebook account settings

Facebook settings are important. They help keep you safe online, manage your details, and enable you to click users or change your notifications. Watch this video to learn how to manage your account and privacy settings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLNVQISZW0o. Next, this video will help you with your general account settings, teach you how to block another user, manage Facebook applications, and how to update your email notifications: https://youtu.be/1HPT7AsA1Nk

Further Questions

You can also visit Facebook’s help community https://www.facebook.com/help/ for answers, or google your problem. There are plenty of answers on the internet regarding how to use Facebook.

If you find yourself confused by some of the buttons and tabs on Facebook, click here to view a glossary of Facebook terms.

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