Facebook 103: Navigating Facebook

In the last section of this tutorial we briefly mentioned a few terms such as “timeline” and “newsfeed.” This section will give further meaning to these terms as well help you navigate some of the other features that Facebook has to offer. After your account has already been created, every time you login you are going to land on your homepage, aka your newsfeed. 

Your newsfeed is specific to your account and is tailored by Facebook to reflect your friends, pages you like, and advertisements targeted to you. No one else has the same newsfeed! It will look something like this: 

As previously mentioned, your newsfeed is curated specifically for you and you are able to customize it to your liking. Bothered by something you’re seeing? Click the small arrow in the top right corner of the post and you will see this drop-down menu:

The menu gives you a few options:
If you click “hide post”, the post will be removed from your newsfeed and you will see less posts of similar nature in the future.
If you click “hide all” you will still have the option to see posts from that company/friend if you visit their page, but their posts will no longer appear in your feed.
If you feel the post is inappropriate for Facebook you can click “report post” and it will be reviewed by the Facebook staff
If you are interested in what people have to say about a particular post, you can choose to “turn on notifications” and you will be alerted every time someone comments on that post.
If you click “more options,” you will be able to embed the post to share on your own profile.

In addition to browsing through posts on the homepage, there are a few other important features to take note of. If you look in the left margin of your feed you will see a few icons including:

Favorites: This list will include some of the features that you most frequently use on Facebook and gives you quick access to them. 

Friends: These are groups of “smart lists” that Facebook will automatically compile for you based on the personal information you enter into your profile. You can then view feeds of content only posted by people in those specific groups. 

Pages: This list includes pages that you operate as well as a feed specifically for pages you follow. It also gives you the option to create a page of your own (which we will detail in the next section) and subsequently create ads for that page. 

Apps: This will include any third-party apps you may use through Facebook and well as add-ons through Facebook such as “On This Day” and “Notes” 

Groups: This list will show all of the groups you belong to. Groups on Facebook are a place where people who share common interests can get together and they can be open, private, or even secret. The last option in the last also gives you the option to create a group if the community you are searching for does not yet exist on Facebook.

At the top of your news feed you will see a blue bar that has multiple features:

If you click on the Facebook logo or the “Home” button it will refresh your newsfeed (or take you back to your feed if you are on another page). Just to the right of the Facebook logo is the search bar where you can search for anyone or anything that exists on the platform.

Immediately to the right of the “Home” button, is the “Friend Requests” icon which will list the people who have requested to be your friend. When you have new requests, a red bubble will pop up over this icon telling you how many pending friends are waiting for you. Additionally, below your requests, you will find more friends that Facebook has suggested for you.

Directly to the right of the “Requests” button is the “Messages” icon, which will contain all your private messages. Facebook has a private message/chat feature for any conversations you want to keep between yourself and whoever you are chatting with. These conversations are similar to mobile text messages and will be archived and visible to both parties until you choose to delete them. 

The last icon on the right of this bar is your “Notifications” button. This button will be your hub of news on the platform. A small red bubble will appear anytime

  • that someone interacts with your profile, (i.e. likes or comments on one of your posts or pictures) 
  • someone comments on a post you have already commented on
  • a friend has a birthday and for other events 

Your notifications will be how you keep up with happenings relevant to your profile. If frequent notifications bother you, there is the option in settings to change what types of interactions/events will result in notifications.

Now if you select your name on the top bar, you can explore your personal profile: 

Yes, that's me! Starting from the top of your profile and moving down, you will find your profile picture and your cover photo. Your profile picture will appear next to all of your posts and will be the first picture anyone can see of you. In other words, make sure it’s a good one. Your cover photo is essentially the backdrop of your profile and like your profile picture can be changed at anytime. 

On the left side of your homepage under your profile picture is your “intro” and any kind of personal information you would like to share. As always, privacy is one of the platform’s main concerns, so you can share as much or as little of your info as you want. 

Remember when we mentioned the “timeline” in the previous section? Well the timeline is the right half of your homepage and it will chronologically list anything you or others post to your profile. Now that we have covered the basics of Facebook for personal use, check out the next section of the tutorial to start delving into how to use Facebook for your business.  

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