How To Use Facebook: Facebook 101

Facebook is a really beneficial social networking tool to use when you’re in college. Unfortunately, most students aren’t using this site to its fullest advantages. Facebook can be used to form study groups, meet potential roommates, and even find job opportunities. Here are some tips you can use to make the most out of Facebook:

  • Be careful with the photographs you upload.

Most college students take, or at least find themselves in, a number of pictures. Even if your activities in college are pure and innocent, that’s may not always be the case for others in your life. Pictures with people who are partying might seem funny at the time, but keep in mind that potential employers, your family members, and college personnel could see your profile, including the pictures. Limit what you upload to pictures fit to show your grandmother, and if others upload pictures of you, use the “tag” feature to remove your name and affiliation with unscrupulous pictures.

  • Update your privacy settings and contact information.

Facebook’s default settings don’t allow everyone to see your profile, but others from your campus network might have access. You can keep your profile settings even more private by reading and understanding how the privacy settings work. Keep in mind that even with the most aggressive privacy settings, you will likely connect with people you’ve just met. Be careful about the contact information you list. You may not want that guy you just met at a party to know your address and phone number right away. Make sure your profile is safe!

  • Connect with everyone, but make good use of the groups feature.

To make the best use of Facebook, you need to connect with as many people as possible. Unfortunately, that means that your feed and other information can be muddled. As you start connecting to people, use the “groups” feature on Facebook to categorize people. You can create one group for people in your art class and another group for high school friends. When you graduate, you can categorize even farther, creating groups for coworkers, members of alumni organizations, people who volunteer with you, and more.

  • Be a fan of quality pages and a member of good groups.

Along with connecting to other people, you can also become a “fan” of companies, musicians, websites, and more. Everyone and everything can have a page on Facebook, and these pages serve as your profile page, but don’t require the page owners to confirm friendships. You can also join groups on Facebook to show your affiliation. The key is to join quality pages and groups. Be a member of activist groups and fans of companies where you want to work in the future, rather than a member of “girls who love tattoos” and a fan of “imported beers.” Remember, your profile reflects on you as a person.

  • Keep your profile up to date.

Lastly, make sure that you continuously keep your Facebook profile up to date. As you move to new cities, work in new positions, change your major, register for classes, and more, make changes to your profile. When you connect with someone new, be it a friend or someone from your professional world, you don’t want them to be confused by old information.

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