So I signed up for Facebook a few days ago. The thing that led me to signing up was a thread I saw on Forumosa.com which pointed out some of the features Facebook had (like people’s ability to comment on your life somehow.) The comments in that thread peaked my interest enough to act.
What is Facebook?
Facebook is a Social Networking Site which started being only available to people with college email addresses, and it quickly turned into the platform of choice for college folk. It has recently become available to the general public and… yeah, that’s why I’m able to use it now :D.
How Does it Look?
I personally really like Facebook’s layout. It’s simple and professional. Not like MySpace pages where people have the ability to alter the CSS and add music, thus saving you from seeing pages [like this.]
How Do I Start?
Well, the first thing you do when signing up is create a profile. This is the usual stuff, name, contact info, about me, shit I like, photo, etc. Once that’s done you can start looking for friends. You can do this manually (search by name), find “random” friends via custom searches, or have it search your email box (I had it search my Gmail to get some starter friends.) Once that’s all done the Facebook games begin.
So What Does it Do?
Well, one interesting feature that you’ll love (or hate) is the ability to see what your friends have been up to on the Facebook network. If a friend became friends with a new friend, you’ll get an update about it in your home page. If a friend added new picutres, posted a comment on your wall, updated their profiles, or any number of other things, you’ll see it on your home page. I believe you’re able to change the privacy settings so that people are NOT updated about everything you do, but where’s the fun in that?
Like mentioned above you’re able to track down old friends. IF these friend are in the… maybe 18-24 year old age range and they’re in or went to college, they’re probably on Facebook. I was able to track down an old friend of mine this week by contacting one of his sister’s through the site. I also made a connection with someone that could turn profitable for me, all from this site over last week.
You are also able to do all this group/event organization stuff, but I haven’t messed with that stuff yet. If you like Social Networking Sites, I recommend checking this one out.