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FACEBOOK FOR SENIORS

April 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Family and Friends, Social Commentary, Technology

Not too long ago my Mom gave in and told me she wanted to be on Facebook. I had tried to set her up once before but she quickly got spooked.

Flash forward three or four years and she changed her mind.

I was pleasantly surprise to find that, even though I canceled her account her email address was easily reactivated. I uploaded her profile picture sent out some friend requests and now she’s live. She did request that I write out a step by step cheat sheet for her so she could get in and know what’s what. It’s also a little different now with the timeline and circles of friends and family.

So here are my notes to my mom for any other moms out there that can use a quick reference guide. Any additions by way of comments will be incorporated into the post.

To Access Facebook

Go To Facebook.com

Unless someone has logged you out and accessed Facebook from this computer, you should only need to go to Facebook.com and you’ll already be logged in.

If some did in fact log you out or you need to log in for any reason, you login info is as follows:
1. Email address is xxxxxxxx@xxxxx.com
2. Password is xxxxxxxxxxx – it must be exact with upper lower etc.
3. Never give your password or personal information to anyone for any reason.
4. Beware of scams asking for money for a cause or a sick child, etc.

Some notes about using Facebook:

1. On the top left of the Facebook Homescreen you will see a white “facebook” logo and three dark blue (on blue) icons which are as follows:
a. Friend Requests (people who want to meet or reconnect with you)
b. Direct Messages (personal Facebook email that is sent directly to you for your eyes only)
c. Notifications (Something that a friend has done like uploaded a picture, or commented on a post your wrote on your wall, or sent you a message)

2. Facebook is fun so enjoy meeting new people but here are some tips:
a. Stick to people you know
b. Are in your age bracket
c. Only from the USA
d. Have a profile photo and plenty of information about themselves in their Profile (About)

3. NEVER:
a. accept invitations to play games
b. accept invitations to attend events
c. click on a link – PERIOD. It could gut your computer.

(To my mom) If you really are curious about a link, copy and paste it into an email and send it to me and I will check it from my phone where if it’s legitimate I will be able to tell.

Here is an interesting article on the fastest growing demographic on Facebook, 55 and over.

facebook seniors

Click for an interesting article about Seniors on Facebook.

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