Defining Facebook Lingo
Part of the Facebook All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet
When you’re new to Facebook, you may see unfamiliar terminology thrown around and wonder what it all means. Here are explanations of many commonly used Facebook terms:
Your Timeline (you may also see it called your profile) is the public display of your information on Facebook. It includes your status updates, your pictures, and everything you’ve done on Facebook as others see them. Privacy settings allow you to set who can or can’t see this information.
A friend is someone you’re connected to on Facebook. Friends can comment on each other’s posts and photos and see status updates in their News Feeds. Friends get connected by sending a friend request.
A status update is a post on your Timeline — you create a status update by typing in the box that says What’s on your mind? Status updates appear in the News Feeds of friends and can been seen on your Timeline in the order they were posted.
Comments are responses to status updates, pictures, and so on. When someone posts a status update, shares an article, uploads pictures, and so on, others have the option to Like or comment.
Like is a way of showing you approve of a post. Click the Like button (it looks like a thumbs up sign) on status updates, pictures, articles, videos, and even comments.
Your cover photo is an image on the top of your Timeline that is intended to be expressive of who you are. It’s separate from your profile picture and can only be seen when someone is looking at your Timeline.
Your profile photo is an image that is intended to be the icon representing you visually — the face of your profile, so to speak. Your profile picture appears on the top left of your Timeline, overlapping the bottom part of your cover photo. It also appears next to your comments and status updates indicating your identity.
The News Feed is a list of status updates and other activity from those that you are friends with or subscribed to. The News Feed can be filtered to only show friends that you interact with often.
The Ticker is a real-time feed of activity from your friends. It also appears in most apps and games, showing you what friends are playing the game.
A Facebook Fan Page Timeline is similar to a personal Timeline, except it represents a business, public figure, or an organization. Fan Page Timelines are managed by administrators.
Apps (short for applications) are any added tool designed to add a feature to your Facebook experience. Apps include third-party software that connects Facebook to other sites, as well as games or Application Pages (also called tabs) within Fan Page Timelines.