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How Does Facebook Work

A Basic Facebook Overview

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If you feel like you’re the only person in the world who doesn’t know how Facebook works, and the only one who asks, “How does Facebook work,” this doesn’t have to be the case anymore. With over one billion users, half of whom are considered “active”, this social network isn’t just something that will help you connect with old flames, but it can also help you to connect with your clients and your customers and share interesting content you find online. The business world has changed as a result of Facebook, and that means you need to catch up quickly in order to make the most of this tool.

The Inner Workings of Facebook

Many people don’t think much about, “How does Facebook work?” They just post information, interact with other people, and enjoy themselves. But there is more to it. Facebook operates by looking at the similar connections people share. When you’re connected with Friend A, for example, and Friend B is connected to you, Facebook will suggest that Friend A and Friend B also become friends online. This networking helps to connect people all around the world.

Helping Facebook to Work for You

Facebook is a tool that allows you to connect with others in a variety of ways. At the basic level, you will connect with other users via your email account. You will be asked to enter in your email information (don’t worry – they don’t save this information). This will bring up a list of people who are in your email contacts. You can then choose to add these people as Facebook friends. The other person will get a request from you to verify or to ignore your request. This is how you get connected.

You can also use the Friend Finder, which is to the right of the screen, and Facebook will suggest people with whom you might want to be friends. You might know these people, and you might not. They are chosen based on with whom you have already connected.

Fun on Facebook

You can send notes to other friends, write on their walls, and play games with other friends on your account. This allows you to create as interactive of a relationship as possible. You can join groups, ‘like’ certain things, and also customize your profile as well as read the profiles of others. Taking some time to play with the many features on Facebook will help you to begin to create the experience you want. You can use Facebook for purely social reasons, or you might want to create a group page or a business fan page.

How Facebook Can Work for Your Business

Facebook can also be an effective way to inexpensively promote your home or small business, too. You can set up a Facebook page that promotes your business, and then put a badge or link to your Facebook page on your LinkedIn profile, on your website and/or blog and invite people to “like” (formerly, become a fan of) your Facebook business page. (See the About Home Business page for an example.)

Is it Time to Put Facebook to Work for You?

Today, getting onto Facebook will help you to become a part of a conversation that has been taking place for the last few years. Many Facebook fanatics start and end their day on Facebook. If you’ve been asking yourself, “How does Facebook work?”, maybe it’s time to see for yourself. Get into the discussion and you will find you are not only able to keep up with what's going on with your family and friends, but meet new people, cultivate new contacts and find lots of useful information you might not have otherwise found.

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