www.facebook.com is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California. The website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, his roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes who were students of Harvard university .The founders of www.facebook.com ( Mark Zuckerberg and his friends) created the website just for Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges around Boston area, like Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Since 2006, people who were at least 13 years old were allowed to become a registered user of the website, though the age requirement may be higher depending on applicable local laws.[Its name originated from the face book directories often given to American university students.
Since its creation in February 2004, Facebook has grown so much and it now has gained more than 60 million active users. Comparing My space with Facebook, MySpace has a total of about 300 million users, although not all are active but According to Facebook’s statistics,250,000 new users join each day since January 2007 and the number of active users has doubled every 6 months,. According to comScore, an internet-ranking company, Facebook is the sixth-most trafficked site in the U.S., with the average user spending at-least 20 minutes a day actively using Facebook by uploading photos, sending messages, or even having discussions within a group or friends.
A user just has to search a topic, such as “music videos” or “Celebrity news,” into the search box and then hit the “search” button. At-least 1,000 profiles are displayed, 20 at a time, starting with profiles in the user’s network. If a user who belongs to the University of Lagos (UNILAG) network is searching for basketball fans, the results shown would be people in the UNILAG network first, followed by those in other networks.
A user can contact others by clicking “send message” or, by clicking on the “invite to group” button. The user will see an increased number of members joining and participating in the group’s message board discussions.
Facebook also has a “poke” feature, When one user is poked by another, a notification appears on the user’s homepage, allowing him or her to either “poke back” the other user or “hide poke,” which makes the poke disappear.
www.facebook.com is an easy icebreaker. Imagine an incoming freshman at a large university who loves and supports football. Specifically Manchester City Football Club (a popular football club in England). In an attempt to find people who like the same Football club, the student logs into Facebook and enters “Manchester City Football Club” in the search box. Facebook then returns up to 1,000 users at the freshman’s university who have Manchester City Football Club listed in their interests sections. He can send messages to the people whose profiles came up during the search.
Most people join Facebook just to have their own place to upload photos so they can share them with friends and family.
Over half of Facebook users are no longer in college, while users who are 25 and older are now the fastest growing population for the social networking site. Although most of the users in this age group have graduated from college, they are still active on the site. Facebook is a social networking media not just for the young, but for everyone who is eligible to own and run a Facebook profile.
There are countless groups on Facebook. Within the groups, users are free to post photos and write on the group’s “wall,” (a type of forum) to speak with others who share their interests.
According to comScore (an internet-ranking company) Facebook is the No. 1 photo sharing application on the web, with over 14 million photos uploaded daily. In comparison, Flickr, the No. 2 photo sharing application, averages 3 million to 5 million uploads a day.
A user just needs to type someone’s name and four options (send message, poke, view friends, and add to friends) will appear next to a small thumbnail picture of the person.
If a user allows nonfriends to see his or her profile , the searcher can click on the thumbnail picture, which brings up some important data about the person, such as work/ education information, social interests, and favorite TV shows, among others.
www.facebook.com users can use Facebook’s privacy settings to moderate who can see his or her profile. Facebook also allows users to control their picture views, which is shown when other users search based on a name or a keyword. If a Facebook user is in a group and another person’s profile is public, he or she can click on the picture to view that person’s profile. Also, if a Facebook account options are set to private, the Facebook user must be “friends” with the Account owner to view the profile. There is also an option to show only a minor profile, which is user-defined by the privacy settings.
Setting up a www.facebook.com account
Setting up a Facebook account is easy. All a potential user needs is a functional email address or a functioning phone number. To successfully open a free www.facebook.com account follow the following steps;
- Visit the official facebook homepage , www.facebook.com
- At the upper right of the page click the sign up icon and you are on the process .
- Fill in your first name , middle name and last name .
- Input your other data including your phone number and your preferred password
- Select your birthday ,the month and the year
- After filling everything properly now click the sign up button and your account is ready after it finish loading.
www.facebook.com at a Glance
The sixth-most trafficked site in the U.S. (according to comScore) has the following:
• More than 64 million active users
• An average of 250,000 new users registered each day
• More than 55,000 regional, work-related, collegiate, and high school networks
• More than 14 million photos uploaded daily
• More than 65 billion page views per month
• More than half of users are outside college
• The fastest growing demographic of 25 and older
The U.S. has the most users, followed by the U.K. with more than 8 million active users, and then Canada with more than 7 million active users.
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