Facebook Part Three

Some things you need to know:

Facebook is a living, breathing creature that grows and changes as you add more posts, pictures, “like” media and groups,  and start to participate in various conversations.

Liking“:Screen Shot 2013-10-26 at 2.04.05 PMYour ‘newsfeed’ is a constantly updating string of posts that will take up the bulk of your Facebook homepage. This feed is generated from posts of friends, groups you belong to, and pages you have “liked.” You will notice an option to “like” every post you see in your news feed by clicking it, the poster will be then be notified that you ‘liked’ their contribution, and you will be notified if others contribute to that thread. If you “like” a Facebook Page, you will then begin to see posts from that page appear in your news feed. Facebook is smart enough to suggest pages for you to ‘like’ on the right hand side of the home screen. Facebook will also start to refine its suggestions based on your previous likes, and other information that you post to Facebook.

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If you see something while you are surfing the internet that you want to share on your Facebook page and you see a Facebook logo, or a “like” option,  this is a quick and easy way to share that information back on your Facebook page so your friends can see it, and share it with their friends too – and you don’t even have to leave the web page you are viewing to do it.

Sharing Your Pictures:

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One of the most popular features on Facebook is the ability to share your photos with your friends. Use the “Add Photos/Video” option directly above your status box. Just click on it and upload either a single image, or a create an online photo album. Facebook will ask you to select a photo, or several photos from your computer or device. Select the photo, click ‘upload’ and then “post” it to Facebook. At this time, you can now add a caption, or a description of the photo. Useful tip for beginners: Many users want to dive in and start commenting,  sharing and chatting with their friends, and that is great! It is important to keep in mind who you are sending a message to, and who you want to have see it. When you post a “comment” on something that someone else has posted, consider it like putting a note up on a public bulletin board, lots of people can see it. Facebook’s Messenger service is a function that has all the best qualities of e-mail, but the fluidity of live chat; this is the place to leave private messages and have private conversations.   You can’t talk about Facebook without talking about privacy. No matter how you have set your privacy settings, it is wise to consider everything you do on Facebook to be open to the public. Imagine having your grandmother and a priest looking over your shoulder before you hit that ‘post’ button. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCaKuAdKumA

Congratulations!  You’ve completed the Facebook module.

Don’t forget to reflect on your experiences with Facebook on your WordPress blog.

Take it Further:

Select a friend from your ‘friends list’ and look around their profile. Comment on a picture. Like a post that they shared.  Try sending someone a personal message using Facebook Messenger, or having a live chat with them if they are online. Do you have a smart device, and are getting comfortable with the online version of Facebook? Try downloading the Facebook App, and see how taking the social network with you can change things. Blog about your experience.

Additional Reading:

100 Libraries to Follow on Facebook

Facebook for Libraries (America Library Association)

Facebook as a Library Tool


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