I’m going to give you a tour of the different parts of the Facebook account interface and some tips for navigating the application.
We’ll be looking at each individual feature throughout the course, but this post is designed to help you get you’re bearings.
At the top of every Facebook page, you will see this blue bar. Clicking on the Facebook logo always takes you back to this homepage. You can also hover your mouse over these different icons, and a tooltip will appear so you’ll understand what the button does, so this button takes me to my friend requests. This buttons here takes me to my private messages.
Button that looks like the world takes me to my notifications. Sometimes a little number will appear here in red, and that number indicates how many new friend requests, new messages or new notifications you’ve had since you last logged in.Search box allows you to search for people, places and things on Facebook account.
Clicking on the Home link will take you back to the page you’re looking at now.
This is the homepage.
Clicking on the Profile link will take you to your profile.
Clicking on the Find Friends link will take you to the page where you can use the Facebook account tools to locate your friends.
The Facebook Account dropdown menu, which is available on every page, will take you to the link where you can see your profile, where you can edit your friends, such as adding friends, or removing friends, or putting friends into groups. Facebook Account Settings takes you to the place where you can manage your personal Facebook account settings, like your username and your password.
The Privacy Settings link takes you to the section where you can manage what information you’re sharing and who you’re sharing it with.
Application Settings takes you to the page where you can manage your applications.
The Help Center will take you to that Facebook Account Help Center where you can search articles for different help topics. And Logout, this will lock you out of your Facebook account, and that’s really important if you are using a shared computer or a public computer.
Always log out of your Facebook account when you’re done using it so that other people don’t have access to your information.
I’ll go back to the homepage now just by clicking on the Facebook logo, and let’s talk about what you’ll see here on the left. Again, a link to your profile, a link to edit your profile. Clicking on Welcome, this will take you to this Welcome screen. This is a good place, if you just getting started with Facebook. You can find people you can know, and you can control what information you share, so this is a good place for people who are just starting with Facebook and need some help getting started.
The News Feed shows you a feed of the most recent activities for your friends and pages that you are a fan of. Messages takes you to your inbox where you will see your private messages.
Events show you your upcoming events and birthdays. Photos takes you to your photo albums, and from here you can upload new photos or videos. Clicking on Friends takes you the place where you can manage your Friend Requests, find new friends and put your friends into Friend Groups.
Clicking on applications will allow you to see all of the applications you’ve installed, and those are add- on software applications that you can use within Facebook.
Games takes you to a list of the games you’ve installed, and you can click on one of these games to get to that game. If you click more, you can see even more of the applications you’ve installed, so this is one of the applications I’ve installed. You can also see groups you’re a part of, or notes that you’ve written. Clicking less will hide that.
If you have friends who are currently online, you’ll see their name listed here, and clicking on their name will bring up the chat box down here so that you can chat with them. We’ll talk more about that in the Facebook Chat movie.
Over on the right, under Events, you will see your upcoming events and your friends’ birthdays.
Under Sponsored, you will either see advertisements from Facebook advertisers, and that his how Facebook makes money. Sometimes you’ll just see ads from Facebook itself, encouraging you to find new friends or become a member of a group.
In the get connected section, Facebook has recommendations for finding new friends. You can invite friends via e-mail. Clicking here will let you track your invitations, so if you’ve sent people invitations via e-mail, you can track them there.
And there is also a link to connect your mobile phone to Facebook, so you can access Facebook when you’re on the go.
Scrolling all the way to the bottom of the page, we have some links here for some company information about Facebook: the About link, Advertising, Careers, the Terms of Service.
You also have a link to find your friends.
There are there a lot of places where Facebook is encouraging you to find your friends.
A link to Privacy, to Mobile information and another link to the Help Center.
The Chat box is always going to appear at the bottom right of the screen. Facebook does not have the best information architecture, but it’s a relatively small site, and if you ever get lost, you can always click on the Facebook logo to get back to your homepage.