Facebook is certainly the most popular social network in the world, and also one of the most popular sites on the Web.
With Facebook you can easily keep in touch with friends, find people you lost contact with years ago and share all sorts of information with them: status updates, links, videos, photos and more. It’s precisely this amount of personal data that has caused Facebook some trouble over the years, with users complaining about privacy. But privacy on social networks only depends on you: on how much information you want to share, and how you configure your privacy settings.
Talking about settings, Facebook includes a bunch of them to customize your profile (personal data, education, work, hobbies and so on) and configure your privacy, in terms of who can access the information you publish. You can create different user groups with different sharing privileges, so that you have control over who sees your data.
Your profile in Facebook features the so called Wall, where you can share messages, photos, videos and links with your friends. You also have a real-time chat to talk to contacts who are also online, and private messages for more confidential information.
Besides these basic social characteristics, Facebook also includes pages for popular actors, bands, movies, TV shows, Internet websites, sports, activities and pretty much anything you can think of, which you can join as a fan. Another important element in Facebook are applications: small apps added to your profile which enable you to play online, send postcards, take quizzes, exchange gifts and much more.
In short, Facebook is the quintessential online social network, with all the functionality and features you need to keep in touch with your loved ones. The only thing you should be concerned about is the amount of time you can end up wasting on it!
Facebook is the most popular online social network – a place where you can keep in touch with friends, share links, photos and more, and engage in all sorts of online games and activities.