I keep hearing from friends and family that I need to join Facebook, and I suppose I should sign up so that I can keep up with everyone, fellow alumni from my college, my kids, and so on. But I hate to give up my privacy and don’t want to support Mark after seeing what an unpleasant young man he was in that movie The Social Network. If I have to sign up for a Facebook account, can I at least keep things private?
With over 500 million users, Facebook has definitely emerged as one of the biggest and most poplar social networks on the Internet, so it doesn’t surprise me that you’re finding that your family, friends and schoolmates are there. At last count, my daughter, my sister and my Dad are all on Facebook too, not to mention about 90% of my friends.
I’ve also seen The Social Network and you’re right, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, as portrayed by actor Jesse Eisenberg, was an unpleasant, selfish and incredibly egotistical young man. But that was a film and whatever Zuckerberg is like in person, he’s definitely not going to be anything like the dramatic persona portrayed in this powerful movie. Repeat after me: “It’s just a movie”.
Now, on to Facebook. Let me show you how to sign up for a Facebook account and we’ll talk a bit about privacy and what information you should or shouldn’t share as we go.
Deep breath. It’s going to be fun.
Go to the Facebook home page by clicking here: facebook.com. You’ll see this:
Once you’ve clicked “Sign Up” again, you’re done!
Well, not quite. Let’s continue through the basic steps:
Next step, whether or not you enter this information, looks like this:
You can also have a bit of creative fun here too. Check out some of these profile photos from various of my friends on Facebook: