Have You Set Up A Facebook Account Yet? You Should!
Part 1 – Setting Up Your Facebook Profile Page
After reading this line, you must be thinking – Is she crazy? Everyone does!
Well, that’s not exactly true. Whether you’re in your 20’s, 30’s or 40’s, some people prefer to be on MySpace, Twitter, or FriendFeed.
My peers (baby boomers and grandparents) are just starting to set up Facebook accounts out of necessity and finding that because of the transient nature of our society, it’s a great way to keep in touch with kids who’ve moved to take jobs out of state. My charming son-in-law’s mom just recently set up an account (or I should say, her daughter set one up for her.) My best IRL friend in New Hampshire recently set up a Facebook account, and keeps in touch with her daughter who’s in Georgia.
I mentioned to her that as a mompreneur, setting up a Facebook account for her used bookstore is a magnificent way for her to promote her business.
Back in 2008, I wrote this post explaining why I believe it’s important for WAHMs to have a Facebook Account.
Awhile back when I first started I opened a Facebook account for public relation purposes to promote my eBay store, blogs, virtual assistant business as well as Shoppes. I’d heard that it was advantageous to use for PR and social networking purposes.
Now more than ever before, internet marketing is about building a community. Whether you offer a forum on your website or you participate in social networking sites, social networking is a valuable traffic generating tactic. Sites like Facebook and Twitter can be powerful tools for generating links and traffic to your site – create a profile and then post comments, links to your site and ideas which generate conversation.
At the time, I learned through trial and error how to establish and set up my Profile, and I’ve been continually adding and tweaking it, as well as setting up Fan Pages (now called “Like” Pages) for my various blogs.
In this series, I’m going to take you through the process of setting up your Facebook account covering the following topics: How To Set Up Your Profile; Adding and Organizing Friends; Profiles and Privacy; Using Your Wall and also offer some Facebook Tips.
Let’s get started!
To set up your Facebook account you will need:
*To have previously created an account at facebook.com
*Information and a photo for your profile
Step 1: Navigate to the Profile Area
Two things to keep in mind when setting up your profile…
1. Your profile is a representation of you – your interests, hobbies, school & work details, etc. This is where people learn more about you so make a good first impression.
2. Even with privacy settings set, there is always a chance that someone may see your posts. Be careful what you choose to publish.
To edit your profile go to your home page. Click “Edit My Profile” in the top left corner. You’ll be taken to the Basic information page where you can tell more about yourself.
When finished, click “Save Changes.”
Step 2: Add Profile Picture
Perhaps, one of the most important things to include in your online website is your picture. While a personal picture is optional, it is ideal. Many internet users enjoy taking to someone that they can see in their minds, without a picture this is difficult.
Be mindful that your profile picture represents you and is viewed by others, so use caution when choosing your photo. Don’t post something you wouldn’t want your Gram, Grampa, the kids or boss to see.
Below the Basic Information bar, on the left, you click “Profile Picture” upload or change your profile photo. Click “Browse” & select the photo on your computer that you want to show in your profile. It will add your photo immediately. You can change your photo any time.
Step 3: Edit Privacy Settings
In the top blue bar, click the account button to show the drop-down choices and click on privacy settings. This allows you to choose who can see the various sections of your Facebook account.
Some information such as your name, profile picture, location, gender, networks, pages and friends lists are always available to everyone; however, there are many sections you can control. Here are two such areas.
Basic Directory Privacy
In addition to your photograph, you may want to include your name. Now, when it comes to your name, you need to be cautious. You’re advised against giving your full name, especially if your profile or profile page contains a personal photograph of you. In addition to your name, you may want to put down your location. As with your name it’s important to err on the side of caution. Your picture, your address, and your full name can be dangerous, especially if it falls into the wrong hands.
As much as you’d like to fill your social networking profiles with personal information, you’re advised to think about your safety before anything else.
Click “View setting.” to adjust the basic information privacy.
Read about each feature listed. Click the drop-down box on the right to choose who you would like to be able to see or use each item. Select the appropriate group.
Sharing And Privacy
If you have a mixed group of business, family, and friends, customizing who can see and comment on things you share would probably be a good idea. After all, you probably don’t want everyone, including potential customers, to know your quirks. Some things are just TMI and should be on a needs-to-know basis. Being able to customize your sharing settings comes in handy.
On the main privacy settings page, click on the customize link at the bottom.
Here you’ll find a rather long list of things that you can adjust to meet your privacy needs, including things you share, things others share, and contact information. Simply use the drop-down button to make your choices. In most cases it’s best to be a little cautious than to just let everyone see everything. Think carefully about your choices.
A few settings you should consider using:
1. Friends Lists: We’ll talk more about this in another how-to but this is where you can create private groups of friends that have certain privacy settings.
2. Search Settings: Some Facebook users prefer not to be found when others do a search. For example, teachers may not want to be found by their students. If you prefer not to show in the searches, you would want to adjust these settings to remain private.
3. Contact Info: To avoid spam and giving your contact information to everyone, consider setting your contact details to private.
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