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Facebook is a popular social networking site on web 2.0. This social networking site was first built for college dormitories so that incoming freshmen could get acculmated to university life and link with other students more easily. It was originally called Facemash when it was created by Harvard University student Mark Zuckerberg in 2003. It was a great ideal aside from the fact that he was almost kicked out of Harvard for hacking into their computer networks to get images for his site. Then in February of 2004, this creative computer programmer used his skills to reinvent the social networking and then created the first version of Facebook just for Harvard University Students. It became so popular that membership was opened to other Universities across America. By September 2006, the site known as Facebook was opened to the general public and anyone over the age of 13 years could use Facebook, as long as they had an email account.
This module introduces you to how to use Facebook. Facebook is a popular web 2.0 technology that is a great tool for networking and connecting with people. Using Facebook can connect you with old and new friends, family members, new associates and educational groups. With the use of Facebook, you can connect with people who might otherwise be very difficult to reach. Some of the features of Facebook allow you to:
- Basics instructions for how to use Facebook
- Applications for education on Facebook
- Facebook can be use in education networking
The most popular feature of Facebook is its ability to connect people and to help people maintain contact with family, friends and coworkers. On Facebook you can do name searches and locate people you haven't heard from in years. You can also put information on Facebook that will help others find you easily.
- Facebook has a photo and photo album feature that you can add to your Facebook profile.
- Facebook has a blog merge feature to create or add an existing blog right on to your Facebook wall.
- Facebook has excellent browsing and searching features to locate people.
- There is no general chatroom where people can have forums.
- The general public can view anything that you place on your wall. Any inappropriate pictures or text can be viewed by those who are not even in your network, so you must use discretion.
Instructions for signing up for Facebook
Things you need: Computer, Internet, Facebook URL
Go to facebook and set up your own account. Click, "sign up for Facebook"
Login to Facebook using your username (email address) and password. File out you profile with your personal information (if you want to share) and download a picture (if you like). Then begin to look for people you know and send them "friend" requests for example, your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, groups, or business associates.
Then look for "Status Updates" for your online friends and feel free to update your own status at any time. But remember, if you are using for business, keep your status business-like or professional and leave personal information out of your status.
Begin searching for applications like education. There are many items to choose in Facebook. Based on your likes; TV show, movies, hobbies, shopping, websites, foods, restaurants and more.
Add links to facebook from your business, school, website, or any other service.
Upload videos and images (remember this can go to the general public) So don't upload things you don't want people to see. You also can type your education blog to facebook to share with school or other educators.
Using in Education Settings (K-12)
Here are a few things to think about:
- Instructors must not join Facebook groups that use inappropriate sexual content. Groups must respect the teacher/student relationship as well as the views and opinions of the students.
- The educational environment must always be maintained on Facebook with tolerance and diversity.
- Faculty must use caution with respect to privacy settings. Profiles must only contain relevant information that has an educational purpose and pertains to the subject matter.
- The user must use discretion and keep in mind that any personal communication that is placed on Facebook may be used by colleagues and students.
Additional web 2.0 social networking programs that are similar to Facebook features are:
- Plurk is themed IM (Instant Messaging) for groups of people spread out on a time line.
- Is a social network that allows you to communicate with anyone around the world.
- Twitter is a social networking program that uses real-time status to let other users know what you are doing at any given moment.
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