How to Create a Facebook Account

In order to connect with friends on Facebook, you will need an account of your own.

To Sign Up for Facebook

  1. Go to in your web browser to sign up.
  2. The home page shows you how simple it is to get started.  Simply fill out the form with your basic information, and then click the green SIGN UP button at the bottom.

  3. Once you’ve signed up for Facebook, you’ll be given the option to find friends based on the contacts stored in your e-mail account (or accounts, if you have more than one).  Click Find Friends beside the email service that you use, click in the white box that appears, type in your email address, and then click the big “FIND FRIENDS” button below that box.

    Note that by doing this, you are giving Facebook permission to access your email account(s), so you may be asked to log in to those accounts. There are other ways to find friends on Facebook, so you can choose to skip this step if you’d like by clicking Skip this Step.

  4. If you choose to enter an email address, Facebook will suggest friends for you by matching addresses in your email account’s contact list to people who already have profiles on Facebook.

    Click on the check boxes next to the name of each person to whom you want to send a Friend Request (or click the check box next to “Select All Friends” to select everyone in the list). When you’re done, click Add Friends.  Once the people you sent Friend Requests to accept them, you will be friends with them on Facebook.

  5. The next step involves you inserting personal information, like your current city, employer, previous schools you’ve attended and your hometown. As you type, Facebook will suggest places that it knows; click one to select it quickly and easily.

    You can also limit who can see each of these pieces of information by clicking the audience selector button () beside each of them. You can choose (by clicking the option you want) between Public, Friends, Only Me, and Custom. The most common option is Friends. Check out these tutorials for more about: how Facebook privacy works and how to change Facebook privacy settings.

    When you’re done, click Continue.  You can also click Skip to bypass this step.  Don’t worry if you do this by accident; you can always fill in this information later.

  6. If you enter information about where you go (or went) to school and where you work (or have worked), Facebook will use this information to find profiles of even more people you may know. Click Add Friend next to anyone you’d like to send a Friend Request to, then click Next when you’re done.

  7. Lastly, choose a profile picture. Simply select Add Picture, and then choose a picture of yourself that is already saved on your computer. It’s totally fine if your picture is just of you, or if it’s you among friends and/or family. Just pick one that you think best represents yourself, since everyone will be able to see your profile picture, whether they’re your “friend” or not. When you’ve selected the picture that you want, click Open.

  8. You can click and drag the corners of the frame (the thing with dashed lines) that appears, as well as the frame itself, to select the area of the picture you would like to use.  When you’ve got it the way you want it, click Save & Continue.
  9. You’ll be taken to your profile, where you will be asked to verify your Facebook account via email. Sign in to your email account, open the email from Facebook, and click Confirm Your Account. It will let you and Facebook know that the sign-up process is done, and it will bring you back to your personal Facebook home page.

And that’s it!  Congratulations on creating a Facebook account!

Facebook Glossary

We’ve compiled a Facebook glossary filled with terms and definitions that are specifically related to the website. This is terminology that you will see quite frequently once you get started. 


This is the term used when you are connected with someone on Facebook. When you add someone as a friend, they are able to see your profile and updates and vice-versa.  Think of it like adding each other’s' mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address to your respective contact books.  Of course, with Facebook, you can share much more information than that!


Allows users to share their thoughts or important information with their friends.  This can include where they are, what they're doing, how they're feeling, who they're with, or just something that they generally find interesting. To learn how to share a status of your own, see our Facebook Sharing tutorial.


If someone posts a photo, status, or comment that you like or agree with, you can click the “like” button to show it.  Think of it as casting a vote in a popularity contest. Our Facebook Sharing tutorial has more information on "likes" and related actions for sharing how you feel.


Allows users to send anyone (even those who aren’t a “friend”) a private message, sort of like a miniature email. Interested in learning more about this function?  Our Facebook Messages tutorial has you covered.


Allow you to talk privately and in real time with your friends. It’s like a phone conversation, but with typing. 


Your mini-biography contains all of your basic information. This can include things such as your name, birthday, where you work (or have worked), where you go (or went) to school, where you live (or have lived), and whether or not you're in a relationship.  You can choose what to fill out and who gets to see it. 


Everyone has their own Timeline that shows all of their activity on Facebook: status updates, photos, comments, event attendance, and much more.  The most recent activity is shown at the top.


Groups allow you to connect with people across Facebook who enjoy the same things that you do.  Examples of things that groups are based around include books, hobbies, bands, families, and neighborhood or school clubs. 


Organize your own event and invite your guests, or respond to an event that you’ve been invited to.  You can write status updates for events, just as you would for yourself.  You and your friends can also comment on any status updates for the event to let each other help with the planning! For more on how to organize or join events, check out our Facebook Events tutorial.


A profile for brands, businesses, celebrities, and more. You can like a page to be kept up to date on what they’re doing.


A tag is when someone uses a name to link a profile or page on Facebook to a piece of information that may be related or of interest.  For example, someone might tag you if you appear in a photo that someone else posts, or if someone mentions that they were somewhere and/or did something with you in a status update.  You can set up Facebook to ask whether or not you want to allow people to tag you. See our Facebook Tagging tutorial for more information.


You get a notification whenever something happens on Facebook that more-or-less directly involves you.  Mostly, this will be if someone 'likes' or comments on a status update or comment that you wrote, or if someone invites you to 'like' a page, play a game, or join an event or group.  Some other things will cause you to receive notifications, such as if someone writes a status update in a group that you belong to, or if one of your friends is celebrating a birthday.

News Feed

Shows the top posts among your friends and pages. The more you interact with that friend or page, the more of their posts that you’ll see.


While your News Feed filters posts to show your closer friends, the ticker shows all of your friends' activity in real time.


By blocking someone, they won’t be able to see your profile, add you as a friend, or message you.

Pros and Cons of Facebook

Like with anything else, there are pros and cons to Facebook.  Take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages there are to having a Facebook account.


  • It’s easy to set up and navigate. The website is clean and clutter-free. Most importantly, it doesn't cost any money – all you need is an Internet connection to set up an account.

  • Facebook allows you to connect with people who are physically distant for free.  It doesn't matter whether your friends and family are on the other side of the city or the other side of the world.  As long as you have Facebook, there's no need to worry about long-distance phone charges or having a letter get lost in the mail!

  • If you have news to share, you can share it with everyone all in one post!

  • You can also choose with whom you want to share your information.  If you don't want to share something on Facebook for anyone to simply stumble upon, you can set it up so that only your friends can see it.  Facebook also has a private message function if you want to chat with a friend one-on-one.

  • Connect with new people. Join groups and connect with others around the world who share similar interests.

  • Connect with long-lost friends by using a simple search.  Facebook can also find them for you based on places that you've lived, worked, or gone to school, or by friends that you have in common.

  • Games. Facebook is all about connecting and having fun, and what’s more fun than playing a game with your friends? 


  • Privacy can be tricky. By default, Facebook makes your information visible to any user who stumbles upon it.  Fortunately, it's fairly easy to tell Facebook to only show your information to friends, or to friends of friends.  We'll teach you how privacy works on Facebook and show you how to set up your account so that it won't be such a hassle.

  • Facebook is where a lot of information is shared, even the tiniest moments, and that can sometimes be annoying. We’ll show you how to set it up so you can choose whose posts you’d like to see. 

  • Everyone wants to be your “friend,” including the old high school bully. Luckily, you don’t have to add everyone who requests to be your friend. 

The Bottom Line: 9/10

While there are some disadvantages to using Facebook, it’s never something that can’t be handled. The pros to using this social networking website far outweigh the cons. 

What Is Facebook and How Does It Work?

You've probably heard of the name "Facebook" at least once, and maybe even heard it referred to as a "social network" or in reference to "social media".  But what does it all mean?  What is Facebook, and what do you actually do with it?  

So, what exactly is Facebook?

Created in 2004, Facebook is what is known as a "social network". It's an online community set up to facilitate people finding and forming friendships with each other through an exchange of different content.  Facebook is one of the biggest social networks because of how much you can do with it.

How Facebook works: Its 8 most popular features

1. Find people to connect with in a variety of different ways

Facebook gives you lots of options for connecting with people you know.  You can find people to become "friends" with on Facebook based on where you live (or lived), where you go (or went) to school, where you work (or worked), or even who else you are friends with.  Even some of your frequent email contacts might be on Facebook already!

2. Get the latest updates from top brands and celebrities

Facebook also allows you to follow posts from your favourite corporate and pop culture icons, including actors, athletes, bands, clothing companies, car manufacturers, television channels, and so on.  Plus, you can also see what's making headlines in sports, politics, science, entertainment, and more.

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3. Share news with your connections through text, pictures, videos, and more

You can let your Facebook "friends" know what you're up to with photos of your cute grandchildren or pets, something interesting that you've overheard or found on the Internet recently, or a video of a memorable activity that you did on your most recent vacation.


4. Keep the discussion going with "likes" and comments

When you see news from your friends or the people or brands that you follow, you can "like" what they post to show your appreciation for it, comment on how it makes you feel, or even share it with your other friends.

5.  Use chat and messaging features to talk to people directly

Sometimes, you only want specific people to hear or see what you have to share.  That's when you can use Facebook's internal email system to send private messages to people, or use the "chat" function to swap text messages and other content with one or more of your friends at once.

6.  Get some face time with video chat

Why just sent text messages, pictures, and videos back and forth to communicate with your Facebook friends when you can talk to them face-to-face?  Similar to Skype, if you have a miniature camcorder (known as a "webcam") attached to your computer, and your friends do as well, then you can use the "video chat" feature to start a conversation in real time!

7.  Join groups of people who enjoy the same things that you do

You can join "groups" on Facebook that are focused on a particular activity or theme.  Then, you can post content and discussions that can be seen and contributed to by all group members.  Some groups are open to the public, while others require you to be invited in order to join and see them.

8. Organize events in real life

Use Facebook's to set up an event with the time, date, and other details.  Then, send out invitations to your friends, and have them reply as "going", "not going", or "maybe".  No "phone tag" or mailing out RSVPs necessary!

There’s much more to discover with Facebook, so if it sounds like something that you’d be interested in, keep working your way through the Facebook course on by following step-by-step text and video tutorials on how to use it.