As one of the premier social media sites, Facebook has plenty to offer. It can be used to keep in touch with old friends online, or perhaps to meet new friends. The website houses not only individuals but also groups, and pages devoted to companies, common interests and more: it is easy to find someone with a similar outlook.
No. The site and all of its services are free to use. All a user needs is an e-mail address, and they will be ready to start an account.
While the site strives to provide a secure service, as with all websites that deal in confidential information, it is the target of scammers and phishers who try to obtain passwords and other such data from users. The site is for the most part safe, but as with everywhere on the Internet, users should remain vigilant.
Every user who registers an account will be given their own wall. Here, they can post messages, and receive replies from friends; they can also share other members' posts onto your wall, or onto their friends' walls. In addition, every page on the site has a wall of its own, while groups have collective walls for all members to use. Alongside the private message function, the wall is one of the main means of communication on the site.
Yes, it is commonplace for companies or individual professionals to use the site as a means of promoting their business or staying in touch with customers. The site offers step-by-step instructions on creating a page for a business or service.
Yes, there is an app that allows the social media site and its functions to be used quickly and easily from a mobile device. In addition, a separate app allows mobiles to make full use of Facebook's messenger service.
Facebook pages are generated by the site's vast username, and so encompass a wide range of subjects. Pages cover favourite books, films and TV shows, along with celebrities, political causes, hobbies and even types of food. Some pages are officially tied to their subjects, while others are unofficial and set up by enthusiasts.
Yes, the website collects information about its users, although it is vague about exactly what data it collects. This information is used for the purposes of targeted advertising. Any user concerned about the process is advised to consider what information they submit.
The site's guidelines say that a user should be at least 13 years old before joining. However, the site offers a Messenger Kids app, designed for use by younger children, with a simpler interface and additional safety rules.
Yes. If for one reason or another a user has grown tired of the site and wishes to leave, deleting their account will e simple and straightforward.