In 2011, ‘What is Facebook?’ ranked as the most popular question googled by South Africans. So here’s a short answer to the question for complete novices!
Social media are applications we use to create cyber families, communities and uprisings!
Facebook is one example of a social media tool, another is Twitter. These are tools that allow people to form a community around you. They can follow you and you can follow and share information with them online.
Facebook was launched in February 2004 and has over one billion active users with more than half of them using Facebook on a mobile device.
The name comes from the slang name for a book given to students at the beginning of an academic year by some universities in the United States to help students get to know each other. Facebook really is about sharing, getting to explore different cyber communities and human connections.
Annoying marketers and all sorts of tricksters will ask you to become friends. And you, being flattered, might accept them.
They’ll try to sell Elvis Presley’s final show tickets to you if they’re not confessing fetishes and hacking into your mailbox so that they can spam your mates.
So don’t be fooled, befriending people you don’t know (from other countries especially) – unless you’re a celebrity, is asking for trouble. If you do, you run the risk of having someone hijack your account – if you’re a celeb it wont matter – go ahead, say crazy stuff, confess that guilty secret and claim it was a hacker!
If you want to join in the fun, you have to register before using the site. After registering you’ll create a personal profile, find people you know and invite them to be friends. You’ll be able to message people that you’re not friends with and will receive automatic notifications when friends update their profile.
You can also find groups of people who share an interest or start a group yourself. Groups can be organised according to interests, workplace, school or college or other characteristics.
So what’s the low down? Should you join? Hell yeah!
Once your profile’s up and running and you have friends,it means that when you post a status update or upload pictures you have an audience who can see it and comment. If you’re lonely this could be your way out because Facebook is ranked as the most used social networking service by worldwide monthly active users.
Entertainment Weekly said
“How on earth did we stalk our exes, remember our co-workers’ birthdays, bug our friends, and play a rousing game of Scrabulous before Facebook?”