Social networking has become very popular recent, but the uses for Facebook.com stretch far beyond even these. Users of the website are able to connect with old friends, make new friends, find other people with like interests and stay in touch with family members. There are many interactive games and also a chat application that make Facebook so much more than just a way for today’s teens and twenty-somethings to stay in touch.
When signing up to use Facebook, you can enter as little or as much personal information as you want. Posting photos of yourself is also optional. Through the information entered upon signup, suggestions are made for contacting old schoolmates, co-workers or people with the same interests as yourself. Short snippets can be posted as often as you wish under the “what’s on your mind” section. This can convey to your friends on Facebook what is going on in your life, a question, a mood or anything else you want to communicate. Your postings can be seen by the people you choose by changing your settings. Once your friends view your postings, they can “comment” back to you. These postings can be edited and removed as you wish.
There are many fun gaming applications on Facebook. Everything from Poker to Solitaire to Farmtown to Sorority Life are available. You can send your friends free, virtual “gifts” such as flowers, hugs and Disney pins. You can then post these on your own Facebook site so others can see what new things you are collecting or what new game you are playing. There is a chat option available for use while others on your friends list are online. This is a great way to talk to your friends online in real time while you are both using the Facebook application. By clicking on the “chat” tab at the bottom of your page, a list of your friends is shown. You can then click on a friend and begin a one-on-one chat conversation.
There are many special interest groups for people of all ages to connect to on Facebook. Everything from college alumni to fans of musical groups to social activism are represented on special group pages. Facebook users can join the various groups to increase their networking capabilities. Links can be placed in the posts so that others can just point and click to view the special interest sites.
Advertising is also available on Facebook and can be started by the user in an easy fashion. Ads appearing on Facebook will automatically link with the product or service website making it easy to connect.
Another great feature of Facebook is the ability to create and store photo albums on the site. These photos can be accessed directly from the user’s profile. The user’s friends can all see when new photos are added and can view them. This is an easy way to share photos of your newest car, pet, wedding or vacation with lots of people without having to use cumbersome attachment to emails.
With the number of applications available on Facebook, it is easy to see how this site has become much more than a social networking tool. Facebook has become a way to stay connected that is fun and easy to use. It is a great improvement over just communicating by email when you are trying to reach a large number of people in your family and/or community.