Facebook is a social networking website that makes it easy for you to connect and communicate with friends and family online. Initially created for college students, Facebook was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg while he was enrolled at Harvard University. By 2006, anyone over the age of 13 with a valid email address could join Facebook. Today, Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 1 billion users worldwide.
Why use Facebook?
Have you ever wondered why people enjoy using Facebook? After all, there are plenty of other ways to communicate online, such as email, instant messaging, and so on. What makes Facebook special is the ability to connect and communicate with the people you care about all at the same time.
For many, having a Facebook account has become an expected part of being online, much like having your own email address. And because Facebook is so popular, other websites have worked to integrate Facebook. This means you can use one Facebook account to sign into different services across the web.
How does Facebook sharing work?
Facebook allows you to send messages and post status updates to stay in touch with friends and family. You can also share different types of content, such as photos and links. But sharing something on Facebook is a bit different from other types of online communication. Unlike email or instant messaging, which are relatively private, the things you share on Facebook are more public, so they will generally be seen by many different people.
While Facebook provides privacy tools to help you limit who can see the things you share, it’s important to understand that Facebook was designed to be more open and social than traditional communication platforms. We will discuss more managing and sharing your privacy in our lessons on Facebook privacy and adjusting privacy settings.