I was asked to give an introduction to Facebook (with an emphasis on security) to a continuing education group.
Click the screenshot above to go a nice 10-part video series about Facebook setup basics.
One other resource I’m constantly reffering people to is Mashable’s HOW TO: Use Facebook for Professional Networking.
UT psychologist Sam Gosling‘s wanted to know if Facebook profiles really portray the people behind them or an “idealized virtual identity.” So he compared the Facebook identities of 236 people to the people behind them, whom he asked to fill out questionnaires identifying their actual and idealized personalities. The result? Gosling reported:
In fact, our findings suggest that online social networking profiles convey rather accurate images of the profile owners, either because people aren’t trying to look good or because they are trying and failing to pull it off.
These findings suggest that online social networks are not so much about providing positive spin for the profile owners, but are instead just another medium for engaging in genuine social interactions, much like the telephone.
The least amount of discrepancy occurred with traits like extroversion as opposed to things that are hard to detect without meeting someone, like neurotisicm. Read the article: http://www.utexas.edu/news/2009/12/01/facebook_psychology/?AddInterest=2221
Does this ring true to you? Do you see what you get with your Facebook friends?