Facebook is still arguably the most important social media around. In our ongoing quest to become competent on social media, it’s important not to overlook the beginning steps. To use Facebook, you must first have an account. This is how. 🙂
1) Go to Facebook’s home page and sign in. It’s up to you, but I never give out my real birthday. Identity theft is a valid concern.
And if you’ve already entered your birthday and want to change it, you still can. Here’s a post: https://www.facebook.com/help/563229410363824 which is titled: How do I change my birthday and choose who I share it with?
2) They’ll ask to go through your contacts looking for friends. Again, it’s up to you, but I skipped that step. Maybe I should have done it, but I’m using this account for writing contacts, not personal stuff.
3) Then they’ll ask you about sports teams, music, books, etc. The only one I filled out was books, but it was rather frustrating, as it wasn’t as nearly as well done as the suggestions on goodreads. Because I admitted to reading a Tom Clancy novel, they stuck me in thrillers, which I’m not actually that widely read in. Even though I picked The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, they didn’t run much fantasy by me. They wanted to know about all my Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes reads, though.
4) Then you’ll have to authenticate with your email. Because I have gmail, they wanted to link to my google accounts, which was fine.
A cautionary note: Many people have posted things they later regretted. A story was on Yahoo a few years back about a teacher who was fired for posting a picture that showed her drinking a glass of wine on vacation. Some employers want to see your Facebook page when you apply for a job.
Have fun with it, but be careful, too.