Facebook

Facebook is a social network service and website launched in February 2004 that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. Users may create a personal profile, add other users as friends and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Users can create profiles with photos, lists of personal interests, contact information and other personal information. Communicating with friends and other users can be done through private or public messages or a chat feature. Additionally, users may join common interest user groups, organized by workplace, school, or college, or other characteristics. Facebook allows anyone who declares to be at least 13 years old to become a registered user of the website.

To allay concerns about privacy, Facebook enables users to choose their own privacy settings and choose who can see what parts of their profile. Facebook requires a user’s name and profile picture to be accessible by everyone. Users can control who sees other information they have shared, as well as who can find them in searches, through their privacy settings.

The media often compares Facebook to MySpace, but one significant difference between the two websites is the level of customization. Another difference is Facebook’s requirement that users utilize their true identity while MySpace does not. MySpace allows users to decorate their profiles using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), while Facebook only allows plain text. Facebook has a number of features with which users may interact. They include the Wall, a space on every user’s profile page that allows friends to post messages for the user to see.

One of the most popular applications on Facebook is the Photos application, where users can upload albums and photos. Facebook allows users to upload an unlimited number of photos, compared with other image hosting services such as Photobucket and Flickr, which apply limits to the number of photos that a user is allowed to upload. During the first years, Facebook users were limited to 60 photos per album. As of May 2009, this limit has been increased to 200 photos per album.

Privacy settings can be set for individual albums, limiting the groups of users that can see an album. For example, the privacy of an album can be set so that only the user’s friends can see the album, while the privacy of another album can be set so that all Facebook users can see it. Another feature of the Photos application is the ability to “tag”, or label users in a photo. For instance, if a photo contains a user’s friend, then the user can tag the friend in the photo. This sends a notification to the friend that they have been tagged, and provides them a link to see the photo.

Uploading Photos

The Facebook Help page gives a step by step guide on how to upload photos to a new or exsisting online album.

Please see their Help page at:

http://www.facebook.com/help/

Uploading Videos

Facebook allows the uploading of videos. Digital stories in video format can upload them to Facebook. For more information on uploading videos to a Facebook profile can be found on their Help web page:

http://www.facebook.com/help/

Blogging

Facebook allows users to post on their own profile page or “Wall”. This can be used as a blogging space. Also, Facebook lets users import blogs from external blogging space. For more information, please see the Facebook Help web page:

http://www.facebook.com/help/

Please see the Wikipedia article for more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook

To create an account:

http://www.facebook.com/

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