How Facebook works

Sign up for Facebook

If you want to know how Facebook works, because the first time you use this social network, the first thing you need to do is create an account: a procedure that you can easily perform from the social network app for Android and iOS or from its official website. Furthermore, if you are interested, you can also download the application of Facebook for Windows 10 via the Microsoft Store.

Furthermore, I would like to inform you of the possibility of downloading the free Facebook Lite application which, available for download only on Android (it will arrive on iOS in 2018), is designed to be used on less performing devices from a hardware point of view and consumes also less data, being optimized for 2G internet connections.

Give smartphone and tablet

If you intend to register for Facebook using the application of Facebook for Android or iOS, you will be happy to know that the procedure is very simple and immediate.

When the application is started, tap on the item Join Facebook, then press on Start and create an account, entering all the required data: Name, Surname, Date of birth e Gender.

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Then choose whether to create an account through yours cellphone number, or press on the item use your email address and follow the procedures indicated on the screen regarding the confirmation of your account, by pressing the button Confirm your account that will have been sent to you by Facebook or by entering the verification code received via message.

How Facebook works

Once you have created your account, you can begin to customize your profile by accessing it (by tapping on your photo, which should initially be the icon of a little man) and then pressing the button Edit your profile. On the next screen you can enter all your personal information and make your online profile more complete.

If in doubt, refer to my tutorial in which I explain how to create a Facebook profile or the one in which I tell you about how the one in which I explain how to subscribe to Facebook from your mobile.

From computer

If you intend to register with Facebook from a computer, connected to the social network home page and in the text fields on the screen, enter the data required for registration: Name, Surname, Mobile number o email address, password, date of birth e sex, then click on the button SUBSCRIBE to start creating a new account.

How Facebook works

You will then be prompted to confirm yours email address or yours cellphone number, by clicking on the button Confirm your account or by typing the confirmation code that will be sent to you by Facebook.

After this step you can already start adding some friends by clicking on the button Add friends, in correspondence with those that are shown to you. This procedure is optional and you can also do it later, as I will explain to you in the next chapter.

Once this is done, first you need to customize your profile. As you will be shown on the screen, press the button Add image, in order to upload a profile picture, then click on theyour profile icon that you find in the menu bar at the top right, in order to customize the cover image too, by pressing the button Add cover image.

How Facebook works

Also I suggest you to press on the button Edit the profile, to also enter information relating to your account, such as the biography, in order to help people find you on Facebook.

If you are interested in learning more about the topic of profile personalization, consult one of my tutorials dedicated to this feature of the social network. For example, you may find it useful to read the guide on how to show your date of birth on Facebook, or the one in which I explain how to change your name on Facebook.

How to use Facebook

Once you have registered with Facebook you have the opportunity to use all the features made available by this social network. Having said that, in the course of the next few lines I will talk to you about what are the most prominent features of Facebook, starting from the possibility of adding people to friends up to the publication of posts and interaction with pages and groups. Enjoy the reading!

Add friends

The functionality I want to tell you about in this chapter is that relating toadding new friends. To get in touch with a person on Facebook, and thus be able to send him private messages, following the procedures you will find in the next chapter, you must add a person to your Facebook friends.

Doing so is very simple: Facebook itself will show you the profiles of some users, within a named section People You May Know, visible both in the Facebook app for Android and iOS and on the computer.

Premium, quindi, sul pulsating add to friends in correspondence with the profiles that are shown to you, to send them a friend request that they will have to accept but can also deny (usually on Facebook only people who know each other are added to friends).

How Facebook works

You can also view the list with other suggested people by pressing the button with the symbol of two men that you find in the top bar of Facebook from your computer or in the bar at the bottom, if you are using the application for smartphones and tablets.

Alternatively, you can add a person to friends, use the text field Search which is located at the top, to type a name and a surname; then once located, press the button add to friends (the symbol of a little man, if you are using Facebook from a smartphone or tablet) and wait for the request to be accepted.

If successful, you will receive a notification from Facebook and you can later view all the content posted by the added person.

How Facebook works

In case you have any doubts about the Facebook functionality that allows you to add friends, I suggest you take a look at one of the tutorials I wrote on this topic, such as the one on how to see friend requests. sent on Facebook or the one dedicated to sending friend requests.

Send messages to friends

If you've added someone to your Facebook friends, you can start a private conversation from your smartphone, tablet, and computer. On smartphones and tablets it is necessary to download the application Messenger, which is available for free on Android and iOS (and is also available in Lite, whose operation is optimized for less performing devices from the hardware point of view and for Internet connections in 2G, as it consumes less packet data). On the computer, however, you can act through the use of the integrated chat on Facebook or by using the website Messenger, dedicated to those who want to send private messages to users without the distractions of the news feed.

Give smartphone and tablet

If you want to send a private message to a Facebook friend from a smartphone or tablet, start the application Messenger previously downloaded on your device (if you don't know how to do it, read this tutorial of mine), pressing on its icon that you find on the home screen or in the drawer, then log in with your Facebook credentials, in order to see the list of your contacts after synchronizing them, by pressing the button Attiva.

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If you have previously started a conversation with a user, tap on their name on the main screen or tap on testo field that you find at the top, to identify the name of the person with whom you want to get in touch.

To send a new private message on Facebook, you can also press the icon with the symbol of pencil and sheet of paper that you find in the upper right corner, then use the text field A: to type the name of the person with whom you want to start a conversation, or tap on one of the names that are suggested to you.

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In addition to sending text messages, you can send photos and emojis by pressing the button with the symbol respectively camera or the icon of a smiley.

If you are interested in learning more about the topic and getting more information on the other features related to Facebook chat, read my tutorial in which I talk to you about how Messenger works or refer to the guides I wrote regarding the resolution of the most common problems for the chat of Facebook

From computer

To start a private conversation with a Facebook friend from your computer, open the integrated Facebook chat by pressing the icon with the symbol of a comic located in the top bar, or connected to the official Messenger site and log in with your Facebook account data, in order to take advantage of the dedicated chat.

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In both cases, locate the person to whom you want to send a message from the list of your contacts or click on the button New message (on the Messenger site it is the icon with the sheet and pencil), if you want to type in the name of the person you want to get in touch with, using the text field A:.

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Once this is done, use the text field Type a messaggio you see below, to write a text message. Alternatively, use the icons just below, such as the one with the symbol of a smiley which is used to send an emoji or the button GIF, which allows you to send an animated image.

Publish posts

Another very important feature of Facebook concerns the ability to share content with your friends, publishing posts within your profile, acting through the official website.

In this regard, you must know that the contents published on Facebook can be textual but also multimedia. You can also share photos, videos and status updates via the app Facebook for Android and iOS. In the next few lines I'll explain how to proceed step by step.

Using Facebook from a smartphone, tablet or computer (the functioning of the social network in this case is the same) refer to the section News (on Android and iOS it is the section with a symbol newspaper you see in the bar at the bottom or top) or that of your profile, accessible by pressing on yours profile picture from the computer and the icon with a symbol little man da smartphone e tablet Android e iOS.

Then refer to the text field that you can see in the top bar, corresponding to the wording What are you thinking [your name]? to type in an update of your profile and share it with your Facebook friends.

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Before doing so, by pressing on the button Share, choose whether to create a message with a colored background, by clicking on the boxes that are shown to you, or whether to share photo/videois tag a friend or whether to share one too mood / activity.

In addition to the options listed above, other tools concerning the publication of a post on Facebook are visible by pressing the symbol (...). For example you can post one GIF or survey.

Also, you can choose to share the post you made in the News section and / or within your profile stories (The tua storia), by placing a check mark on the appropriate items.

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Before pressing the button Share remember to regulate the privacy of the content you post. By default, in fact, the contents published within Facebook are visible only to friends, but by pressing on this menu item you can for example choose whether to share a post with All (i.e. with anyone on Facebook and outside of Facebook) or only to some friends except some (Friends except ...) or only to some Specific friends.

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If you have any doubts about Facebook's privacy settings, I suggest you read my guide dedicated to this specific topic.

Publish stories

How Facebook works

On Facebook it is also possible to publish stories, i.e. multimedia contents that remain visible in a specific section of your profile for 24 hours, after which they are no longer viewable.

That said, to publish a story on Facebook, you have to act as a smartphone or tablet, through the social network application. To do this, click on the button capacitor positive (+) lead that you can see in correspondence of the box Stories, then choose one of the items that are shown to you at the bottom, such as for example Normal, Boomerang, Video o Live, depending on the content you want to make such as a video, a photo, a looped video or a live stream.

You can also press on the symbol of smiley, to apply filters and effects in real time, or add a multimedia content present in the memory of your device, by pressing on multimedia gallery bottom right.

Before publishing the story, by pressing the button The tua storia, you can use the Facebook story editor, which allows you to write on a photo or video (Aa), to add a sticker, such as a survey (the symbol of a smiley) and to draw on the photos or videos (the symbol of a doodle).

If you prefer to publish the photo also in the section News, award-winning NEXT and put a check mark on the relevant item, then pressing the button Share now. The published stories are visible both from smartphone / tablet and from computer, by pressing on the voice Your archive (it is called Archive on computer). For more information regarding this feature, read my tutorial in which I tell you in detail how Facebook Stories work.

Interact with friends, pages and groups

Now that I have explained to you what are the main features of Facebook, we can move on to the part in which I talk to you about how to interact with other users of the social network, for example by "like", commenting and sharing the posts of friends, pages or groups.

In this specific case, the functioning of the Facebook interaction methods are the same in its use from smartphones and tablets as from a computer, consequently, once you have logged in to the platform with the data of your previously registered account, the first thing you will see will be the news feed, which is the section where the content posted by your friends, the groups you follow and the pages you like are displayed.

How Facebook works

That said, if you see a piece of content that interests you, you can interact with it by “like”, commenting and / or sharing. To do this, click on the "like" button (the symbol of a thumb up), touch it (from a computer) or hold it down (from a smartphone / tablet) to see the menu of reactions: these allow you to express yourself through emotions, such as heart or Wow for example.

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If, on the other hand, you want to comment on the post displayed, click on the button comments and use the text field write a comment to type the message, then send it by pressing the key with a symbol airplane. The button Share, on the other hand, it is used to share a content of particular interest, republishing it on your profile.

You can carry out all the operations just indicated to interact with all public posts or posts shared by your friends or by your friends' friends, depending on privacy. Facebook pages, on the other hand, are public, so you can see all the posts contained within them.

In particular, if you were to identify a page that interests you as you typed its name into the Facebook search engine, you can press the button I like it in correspondence with the same, in order to view the contents that are published in the newsfeed.

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In the event that you have identified, again through the Facebook search engine, a group and wish to interact with it, you may find yourself in a situation in which you are unable to see and interact with the contents published within it.

In this case it means that you have in fact come across a closed group: then press the button Join the group, in order to request an invitation from the administrators of the same.

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Only when you are accepted and you will be notified of successful registration, will you be able to interact with the contents published within it, as already explained in the previous lines.

Other interesting guides

If you are interested in knowing how a particular Facebook feature works, which maybe in this tutorial I have not had the opportunity to analyze in detail, refer to the archive of all the guides I have published regarding Mark Zuckerberg's social network: there you will find definitely what you need.

How Facebook works

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