Explained: What is Facebook?

What is it? Facebook

Facebook is the latest addition to an extensive series of what we call “social networking” websites. However, what separates it from its competitors in its popularity. As of the time of this writing, Facebook boasts over 2.23 billion active users.

In 2004, the site was created from the college dorm in the dorm room of Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard student, the site has grown to be worth billions of dollars and is among the most recognized brands around the globe. It even got the Hollywood treatment in The Social Network, a film that explores the origins of the site and was released to great acclaim in the year 2011. However, if you’re completely up to date with the latest technology, or you’re new to the internet as a parent or teacher, you may have some questions.

What is Facebook?


Facebook is a site that lets users who sign up for free accounts to connect with their friends, colleagues at work or strangers on the internet. It lets users post photos video, music, and other content along with their personal thoughts and views with as many people as they want to.

People make “friend requests” to people whom they might – or might not.

Facebook has more than 1 billion users

After acceptance when the profile is accepted, the two accounts are joined, with both users being in a position to view what they post on the other’s profile. “Facebookers” can post almost anything on their “timeline”, a snapshot of what’s happening in their social network at any given moment and also join conversations with their friends online.

People who have profiles share their personal information. It doesn’t matter the company they work for and where they are studying and ages, or any other personal information There are many profiles that post a wealth of information that is easily accessible to friends and acquaintances. Additionally users are able to “like” other pages which are interesting to them. For instance an Liverpool FC supporter can follow the club’s page by connecting to its Facebook page. The user is able to leave comments and also receive news about the club, photos, etc.

Why is Facebook so Popular?


For the younger generation, who are accustomed to the latest technology Facebook used to be the largest and most popular site. But, many teenagers are shifting to other social media sites like Instagram (which is controlled by Facebook) and Snapchat.

People who continue to use Facebook, do so to socialize. Teenagers are naturally multi-taskers, and so using Facebook like other social media site is almost second nature to a large number of teens. Social networks allow teens to explore their identity. They’re popular because teenagers have the ability to discover their own unhindered voice online, which they can share with their friends. Teens may feel that they are able to communicate better online as compared to real life because they believe that virtual space is more safe.

Teenagers are enthralled by Facebook because they can customize their profiles. Much the same as other generations have decorated their bedrooms with pictures of their favorite soccer teams or bands Young people today can personalise their personal space on the internet with music, pictures videos, posts, and even comments. The social network has made communication significantly easier. Instead of using the phone to call your friend’s home teens can now instantly and instantly communicate with their friends via Facebook. Email, another modern technology that isn’t as important for teens who utilize Facebook to conduct the bulk of their communications.

Facebook: With the Opportunities Comes Risk


But despite its popularity there are dangers for the younger Facebook users. UPDATE: In accordance with the latest E.U General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Ireland has been able to set its Digital Age of Consent to 16 years old. That means that children who are younger than 16 in Ireland aren’t allowed to use this platform.

Below, Webwise provides a list of most important issues that parents are concerned about.

  • Privacy: Teens sometimes forget that the content posted on Facebook is really a method of publishing . If the profiles have been set as be private any person can see the content. A lot of teens share excessive personal information online such as phone numbers or photos
  • Predators: Although very rare, there are instances when predators and untrustworthy individuals have targeted young people through Facebook. Because of its nature Facebook can be easily accessed and is brimming with of personal data
  • Cyberbullying Facebook gives bullies an entirely new and highly fertile field that allows them to inflict the maximum damage to their target by repeatedly using threatening messages, as well as other ways. There are many stories of stolen profiles or even grave instances of cyberbullying that caused suffering for the victims
  • Parents who have meetings worry that children may have to meet face-to face with people who they first met online. There are clear dangers. Young people may consider online connections as genuine worth, however, there are many fakes out there.
  • Content There are times when there may be content posted on Facebook that is inappropriate for children and could make them feel uncomfortable. Because of the popularity of Facebook it has a large number of older users and children are exposed to things that parents would prefer not to see.

Staying Safe on Facebook


Facebook lets users control what they share, whom they are sharing it with, what information they receive and view and the people who can reach them. For more information go to the Facebook Safety Centre:facebook.com/safety/tools

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