If you’re really new to Facebook, or still reading before you take the plunge, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with some basic jargon.
The following are ordinary words given particular actions by Facebook (and often other sites too). Most are fairly self-explanatory but if you’re unsure there is a comprehensive glossary here.
Add (sometimes indicated by a plus), Friend, Suggest, Like (sometimes indicated with a thumbs-up), Profile (your personal page), Group, Page (for a business or organisation, as opposed to an individual), Settings (sometimes indicated by a little cog), Applications or Apps (a tool to give additional functions), Mini-feed, Newsfeed or Friendfeed (the stream of headlines with updates from friends and people, pages or groups you follow), Tabs (another way section menus are displayed), RSS (feeds from other websites), Questions (like polls), Privacy (the section where you set who can see your personal information and send you messages), Wall (your own profile page with your news and things other people post for you), Timeline (a newer, more photogenic Wall).
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