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Member Name: AngelEyes76
Advantages: Keeping in touch with family and friends, free to use, games, apps, sharing
Disadvantages: can be slow sometimes, people can get annoying, too many notifications
.* INTRODUCTION *.
I have to say this site never interested me to be honest, but we threw a 50th party for my father in law, and a lot of pictures were taken as you can imagine. I wanted a copy of them which probably would have cost me a small fortune to get them developed, so my sister in law told me about getting them onto my computer by using facebook, I wasn't sure but what the heck it was only to get the pictures anyway. I signed up and then since that day I use it daily sad as it may sound. Let me tell you more about facebook and what it is.
.* AVAILABILITY AND SIGNING UP *.
You can access the site by going to facebook.com, there are no downloads, no installing and more importantly its totally free. As like any other website you go on, you have the signing up process, you need to do this before being able to use the site, it doesn't take long. You need to enter such things as your email address, a password, and other small information, nothing complicated. Once you have done that you're ready to go into the world of facebook.
.* PROFILE PAGE, HOME PAGE AND OPTIONS *.
You will see at the top of the page on the right hand side, is 2 buttons, your email address (profile page) home and a little arrow pointing downwards, clicking this will provide you with options in which I will discuss later. First of all you will always be on your profile page once you have signed up, this is your space to do what you like with, add photo's, add links, share video's write on your wall. Your page is split in 2 sections, you have your wall space and then next to it you have your activity, photos, recently added friends, likes and games. Also next to that you have advertisements, which some are interesting.
The home page is where you will find all the news and gossips from your friends, shares from friends, and gaming news, also anything you have liked can be advertised here. You will notice on the left hand side your have apps, message, events and news feed so you can toggle between them. On the right hand side of the page you will have create events, games you have played, notifications for the games, and sponsor links. Middle is where its all happening from your friends. Above all that on the left hand side right at the top you have icons, friend requests, messages and notifications, I will be going into that a bit later in the review. If you see anything that catches your eye and that you want to comment on, then you can do so here, by clicking in the box underneath their post.
The little arrow when clicked this will open up and give you the following options, Account settings, Privacy settings, Log out and help. I guess these are self explanatory, but if you're unsure what each of them do then here is a low down.
Account settings lets you toggle with your account enabling you to edit anything on your profile, change your security, like passwords and so on, changing your notifications on certain things, shows you a list of apps/games you have joined, which here can be deleted if you no longer wish to have them, you also have the option to add your phone, so that any wall post, comments, notifications and messages go straight to your phone, but not a good idea if you have games you play as you will always be hearing your phone bling.
Privacy settings lets you toggle with such things as how you connect with friends and family, who can receive and send messages to you etc, timeline and tagging, adds, apps and websites, limitations on posts, blocked people and ads, now in here you can change who can view certain things on your profile and you cant.
Log out means exactly that, you log out. And the help option when clicked opens up a search box where you can type what you want with and will give you the help, although I haven't had to use this, although it does give you a list of options to what you need help in to narrow down the request.
.* NOTIFICATION, FRIEND AND MESSAGE ICONS *.
As I have mentioned earlier in my review there are icons on the left hand side of the page which you can see either on the profile page or the home page. These are helpful to you as they let you know when you have attention awaiting you.
Friend request will light up with a number of requests you may have awaiting you, clicking it will open a box which will enable you to accept or ignore the friend request, best not accept anyone you don't know then you will be safe especially children that maybe using facebook.
Messages will light up again with a number to how many you messages you have in your inbox, these are of course private messages that only you can see. There you have a discussion one to one, or more people, meaning a group conversation, to write a message to your friends, you click on the icon and type in their name followed by your message, then click send, you can also reply to a message by just clicking reply.
Notifications will again light up with a number, reflecting on how many notifications you have awaiting you, notifications can be anything from comments made, accepting friends, or game requests. You will be overwhelmed with notifications if you play games a lot, and you have a lot of friends in your list.
.* ADDING, REMOVING, REPORTING, SEARCHING FOR FRIENDS *.
First of all, you will need to click on the friends icon, once clicked it will say you have no pending friends or find friends, click find friends, and type in the search bar the name of the person you want to find, once you have found them, click on them, and send friends request. Removing a person from your friends list, you click on the person, below there picture is a button that says *friends* click that and down at the bottom is unfriend, click that and they are gone. Reporting a member is the same thing as the unfriend, but there is a arrow again pointing down click that and you report that person, I haven't had to do that since being on the site.
.* CHATTING *.
There are many way to communicate with people on the site, you can either post on there profile, either on their wall, or on a post, you can inbox them which is private, and right at the bottom of the screen you will see chat bar, click that and will be able to go online to talk with your friends and family, which is also private. And acts like a messenger. If you want to be more private but only to a small group of people then you do need to go into your privacy settings and toggle with whom you want to see your page and who you don't.
.* APPS and GAMES *.
Apps can be found on the home page in the app centre click on there and will able to find apps and games. I have never used the apps on there but have played many games.
In apps you will find categories like entertainment, facebook, lifestyle, music, news, photos and videos, sports, travel and local, and last of all utilities, they provided something for everyone needs I would of thought but like I have said never used anything out the apps. You do have at the top of the selected category, top rated, suggested, trending and friends. Which when clicked you will see the top rated apps, suggested for you apps, trending apps, and what your friends are using.
Now we come the gaming which are also categorised consisting of action/arcade, adventure, board games, card games, casino, family, puzzle, simulation, sports, strategy, trivia and word games. Games for everyone, and especially for children to play on, my little boy sits on facebook with me sometimes playing games, and he enjoys them. I have to admit I think I play more game then I do chat with anyone, some can be very addictive, others don't interest me what so ever.
.* GROUPS *.
There is such a thing as setting up your own group although I don't see the point in this when you can share what you like on your wall, although I have set up one or 2 in the past as for example, a gardening one and a things for sale one, but apart from that I don't tend to join any groups. You can set up a group for what ever reason you have and invite people in there you want; it is easy to set up.
.* FINAL THOUGHTS *.
I do enjoy going on facebook although some days it can get boring, like most things in life. It's just for socialising with friends and family, and playing games, sharing things, and meet new people. It's easy to use and find what you need on there until they change the layout and then you have to look for things again. The fact you can have a open discussion about things or keep things private is also a good thing, as it keeps your identity pretty safe from those whom who might be a threat. Be careful on there though and only add people you trust and know.
Summary: Facebook - the popular social networking site