Facebook Instructions

Creating a profile in Facebook:

Below are some step-by-step instructions on creating a Facebook profile and a Facebook page. Melissa Schenk at Expert Village has created 15 short (2 -3 minutes each) video tutorials on how to use different aspects and features of Facebook. They’re also a great resource to help you get started.

  • Go to Facebook and take the Site Tour (or go straight to Sign-Up and dive in)!
  • Make sure to read and (hopefully) agree to the Terms Of Use and Privacy Policy; click the check box; click on Sign Up Now!
  • Once you’ve signed up, make your profile page. (Tab found at top left, right of Facebook logo).
  • Play with various links/tabs or look for any KRL “friends” and see what they’ve been up to, to get ideas about what kind of mischief you can get into on your facebook page.
  • When you logout and then log-in again, your page opens up to a News Feed page, which tells you what your friends have been up to; it might list a real news item or tell you if you have any “requests” you need to attend to. Oh. You’ll also find out if anyone has “poked” you lately. Yeousa!
  • To change your profile you must click on the Profile edit tab. Your profile is seen by all your real “friends”; your “friends” will also be able to see ALL your other “friends” limited profiles, so, decide how selective you want to be about whom you invite or accept as a “friend”. The convention with the young folks who use Facebook is to be pretty open to “friend”-ships. (You gotta admire their youthful trust, don’t ya)?
  • You can add a link to your blog or blogs that you like, join groups like “We Love Libraries” or “Gettin’ Old Ain’t for Sissies” or any number of thousands of groups that have made a place on facebook. Heck! Make your own group! It’s very easy to do. Or, just start looking at what your “friends” have added and go to town!
  • A Heads Up: If you write on someone’s wall, everyone can read it. If you click on the Inbox tab above right, left of home, you can send private emails that will only be seen by the recipients.
  • The best way to learn about Facebook is really to just start looking around and clicking on things. No. Really. Try it. We’ll be your friends. All of us. Look for us: Robert Christensen, Hannah Caitlin Greer, Susan Lee, Shirlee Clarke, Kim Doyle and Jeannie Ream.

Creating a page in Facebook:

  • (You must have a Facebook profile to create a Facebook page)
  • Under Applications in the left sidebar, click on Page Manager
  • On the next screen, click on the Pages tab at the top of the page
  • Click on Create Page
  • Select the category of the organization (there is a specific category for libraries)
  • Add the name and click on Create Page

That’s it — your page is created. At this point, it is not published, so no one will be able to see it or find it by searching Facebook. You can start adding information, photos and other elements to your page, as well as different applications. You can also also invite friends, and add friends as additional administrators of your page.

When you’re ready for the world to see it, click “Publish” — people will then be able to find it by searching on its name or category.

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