• What is Facebook?
• Brief History
• How it works
What is Facebook?
Facebook is a news feed – based social media platform used mainly for sharing updates, videos, photos, and communicating with friends. Facebook has the ability to show you the latest news based on your friends and your activity. Pretty much all devices can access Facebook, as long as it isn’t a single function calculator.
Facebook was first launched in 2004 by the popular Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow Harvard friends Edvardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, Andrew McCollum, and Chris Hughes. Initially, it was created for the purpose of communication of the Harvard students, later it expanded to other universities and beyond. Currently, Facebook has about 2 billion users.
How Does It Work?
1) You can sign up for a Facebook account on the Facebook’s homepage
2) Once you fill in your information, Facebook will immediately find your friends by allowing Facebook access your contacts or you can also search for a friend by name.
3) Once you’ve successfully filled in your profile and added some friends, you can start posting texts, videos, photos, links etc.
4) Whatever you post appear on your friends’ news feeds.
Facebook Messenger is a chat platform. Here, one can organize group chats with friends, make phone calls, etc. Recently, the company announced that users can now challenge their friends to fun little AR games. According to the post, users will only be able to access two AR games at the moment, but more will be added in the future.
One can find out about upcoming events on Facebook as well as events your friends created or are attending. Once an event is created, the creator can choose who can see it, whether to make it public or private. Once a user is notified of an event, they can choose to say they’re attending, they may attend, or they’re not attending. That information is on the event page so the host can plan accordingly.
This is a discussion panel where a collection of people can get together to chat and post about a desired topic. There are groups for sports, movies, etc. Anyone can create a group just like events. If you come across a public group you’d like to join, all you have to do is click the “join” button next to the group’s name.
==> Local and Town hall
This is a Facebook feature that helps you find and contact your government representatives at the local, state, and federal level. To use town hall, you only have to enter your address. This feature makes it possible for the voice of the citizens to be heard on key issues.
It is a platform where users are given the opportunity to buy and sell items. Here, you can view goods by searching specifically for what you want, the seller sets a price but you can choose to make an offer on it.
Pages are profiles for celebrities and public figures, organizations, and companies. One can create a page for themselves or to promote their business, art, or brand. However, not anyone can make a page desired for their favorite celeb, only official representatives, for a company or public figure and create a page.
In conclusion, Facebook today announced that it would be banning holocaust denial off its platform. It has also now updated its hate speech policy to include content that “denies or distorts the holocaust”.
As the world’s largest social media platform, Facebook is an essential channel for businesses, organizations, and public figures to market themselves online and also for effective communication.