What is Facebook?

fbookFacebook is a social networking website that makes it easy for you to connect and share with your family and friends online. Originally designed for college students, Facebook was created in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg while he was enrolled at Harvard University. By 2006, anyone over the age of 13 with a valid email address could join Facebook. Today, Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with more than 1 billion users worldwide.

Why use Facebook?

Have you ever wondered why people like using Facebook? After all, there are already lots of other ways to communicate online, such as email, instant messaging, and so on. What makes Facebook unique is the ability to connect and share with the people you care about at the same time.

For many, having a Facebook account is now an expected part of being online, much like having your own email address. And since Facebook is so popular, other websites have worked to integrate Facebook. This means you can use a single Facebook account to sign in to different services across the Web.

Below  are examples of the different ways you can use Facebook.

See updates and posts from Friends

Share photos and videos with Friends


Share information on your Profile page1

Connect others with Groups and Events

Chat with available Friends

Play games and use applications

Connect with businesses and celebrities

Use Social Plug-ins across the web


Connect your account with other sites

How does Facebook sharing work?

Facebook allows you to send messages and post status updates to keep in touch with your friends and family. You can also share different types of content such as photos, links, and more. But sharing something on Facebook is a bit different from other types of online communication. Unlike email or instant messaging, which are relatively private, the things you share on Facebook are more public, which means they’ll usually be seen by lots of other people.

While Facebook offers privacy tools to help you limit who can see the things you share, it’s important to understand that Facebook is designed to be more open and social than traditional communication tools. We’ll talk more about sharing and controlling your privacy in our lessons on Understanding Facebook Privacy and Adjusting Your Privacy Settings.