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Glossary of Common Facebook Terms

We’ve created this glossary of common Facebook terms for you. As its membership increases, Facebook is constantly changing to accommodate new features and functions. It can be confusing to keep track of all the new developments—especially when familiar words like “friend,” “wall,” and “status” are used in new ways. While this guide may not cover everything, we hope that by familiarizing yourself with these frequently used words, you’ll be able to confidently use Facebook to stay informed, keep in touch with friends and family, and share your passion for travel with others.

Here are some terms you'll need to learn to get the most out of your Facebook experience:

Application (or App):

A customizable, limited-used computer program that can be downloaded from a web page rather than being physically installed on a computer. Can be added to a Page, Profile, or Group to increase effectiveness and desirability by adding more features and functionalities.

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Blog (or Web log):

An online journal/diary that is typically written by a single author. Can be made public or private. Blogs usually contain commentary on the author’s personal life, favorite subjects, or current events. They may include multimedia elements such as pictures, videos, songs, or links to other websites. Can also be used as a verb, i.e., “Many Facebook members ‘blog’ about their daily lives to keep their friends informed.”

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Chat:

A Facebook feature that allows members to have real-time, text-based conversations with other members who are also logged in to Facebook.

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Fan:

A Facebook member who has opted to be added to a database of other members who appreciate the contents of the page (or the person/product/company that it represents).

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Filter:

A Facebook feature that allows members to search through their friends, photos, and other items by distinct, customizable categories.

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Friend:

A Facebook member who has opted to be linked to another person’s Profile, adding them to that person’s social circle and giving them more in-depth access to that person’s information. A “friend” invitation must be extended and accepted before information is shared. Can also be used as a verb, i.e., “If you ‘friend’ me on Facebook, I can share photos of my family with you.”

You can also “defriend” someone at any time. This action removes that person from your list of friends as well as your News Feed. Depending on your privacy settings, this action also limits a person’s ability to communicate or share information with you.

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Group:

A Facebook page that serves as a central online gathering place for Facebook members who opt to join because they share similar interests or causes. These are different than Pages and Profiles.

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Inbox:

Like other online email systems, this is the location within Facebook where members can read and respond to email sent to them from other members.

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Like:

A feature that allows a Facebook member to publicly appreciate a comment, post, video, picture, or other multimedia item shared by other members. A “like” appears as a “thumbs-up” icon directly beneath the shared item.

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Member:

A person who has opted to join and participate within a Facebook Group. The person’s Profile is linked to the Facebook Group, giving them real-time updates on the Group’s activity.

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News Feed:

A customizable, personalized list of activities occurring within a Facebook member’s social circle. This information is sequenced chronologically and updated in real-time, giving individual Facebook members an up-to-date summary of what their friends and Groups opt to share.

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Page:

A Facebook site created by a representative or collective group (rather than an individual) to share information and communicate directly with fans. These are typically used by artists, musical groups, celebrities, businesses, and brands. Although Facebook members can post messages on the Page’s Wall, only the official administrator can create or edit the information. A Page is not the same as a Profile.

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Post:

To share information or a multimedia element within your social circle. Can also be used as a noun, i.e., “I am going to post photos from my trip to Facebook.”

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Profile:

A Facebook site created by an individual who opts to share information and multimedia elements (such as pictures and videos) and communicate with other Facebook members. These are created by individual people and display personal information (such as hometown, education, favorite activities, and contact information) that the member opts to share with others. A Profile is not the same as a Page.

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Share:

This function allows a Facebook member to host something they have found online (i.e., news article, photograph, YouTube video, or even another Facebook member’s post) on their personal Wall.

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Status:

Brief, text-based updates that Facebook members can create and share. These typically are used to inform friends of current whereabouts, activities, or thoughts. Once posted, they will appear in the News Feed of the people within a member’s social circle. However, customizable privacy settings can control who can view these updates.

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Tabs:

Links to different sections of a Page or Profile that are accessible on the main page. These are located directly beneath the main Profile picture.

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Tag:

A Facebook feature that allows members to publicly identify the names of other members included in or related to a multimedia element (such as a photo or video). These can also be used as links to an individual person’s Profile.

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Unlike:

A Facebook member can remove his or her “Like” indicator from a comment or post; this action is referred to as “unliking” something.

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Wall:

The location where members post information or messages directly to an individual’s Page or Profile. This information is public and viewable by all members of Facebook.

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