Facebook can seem pretty intimidating, so once you have completed all three modules, give yourself permission to just muck around and get dirty. Take your time and try out one new thing each day, because the more you know about Facebook, the more you can make it work for you or your library.
It’s not feasible to try to examine all the components that make up the user experience of Facebook here, rather this is an attempt to provide the basics required to set up and get started.
What is it?
“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected” (https://www.facebook.com/facebook)
Facebook is the world’s largest and most popular social networking tool that allows you to connect with your friends, family, co-workers, and people all over the world. It also provides a platform for sharing anything you find on the internet or have saved on your computer or device with all of your ‘friends’ with just one click. It provides a multi-media experience tailored to your interests. Facebook, unlike many other social media platforms, allows you to have control over your privacy settings such as who exactly can see each post. Libraries can use it to promote programs and activities, to engage with their patrons on all sorts of topics and issues, thereby increasing the presence of the library in their daily lives. Facebook allows a library to promote special events, or create ‘groups‘ for books clubs or teen programs so participants can continue to contribute outside of library walls or specific time frames. It is a perfect way to keep patrons informed about any information that needs to be spread widely and quickly, and its free!
How do I get set up?
Getting set up with Facebook is easy: Go to
www. facebook.com and provide your first and last name, a current e-mail address, and your date of birth. Create a password, click ‘Sign Up.’ Welcome to Facebook!
Okay, I’m Signed up. Now what?
Facebook is huge, with 1 110 million users, as of March 31 2013, so you probably already know lots of people who use it. Facebook will ask you to share some of your existing contact lists from various e-mail addresses you may have, showing you all those people in your contacts who already have Facebook accounts, and you can request to ‘friend’ them by clicking on the “request friend” button by their names.
Your “friends” are all the people you make a connection with over Facebook. There is a tab near the top of your Facebook home page appropriately called “Find Friends,” you can use this tab anytime to find people you might know. The link leads you through various steps and options that will allow you to find people you already know, be it from e-mail addresses in your contacts list, or because Facebook recognizes you and your “Friends” are likely have mutual friends as well. You can also search for specific people by name, city, or common event, like members of your high school grad year, or even your hometown.