Common Facebook Terminology - dummies

By Carolyn Abram

Part of Facebook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re new to Facebook, you’ll run into some unfamiliar terminology. Here are some common Facebook terms and their definitions; get to know them so you can get the most out of Facebook:

  • Your Timeline is your Profile Page. It contains all your posts, your photos and videos, a list of your friends, your favorite activities and interests, and any biographical info you’ve chosen to share. This is where your friends can leave you messages and where you can update the world with anything you feel like sharing.

  • The News Feed is a continuous stream of updates about your friends’ activities on and off Facebook. It appears on your Home page.

  • A friend is someone you’re connected to on Facebook. Friending is the act of sending someone a friend request; all friendships must be confirmed by both people in order for the friendship to be official on Facebook.

  • A status update is a short post you share on Facebook talking about what you’re doing, thinking, or feeling at the moment. People update their status about everything from what they’re eating to sharing memories about a loved one to advocating for a particular political position.

  • A poke is a casual gesture that means, “I’m thinking of you.” The person you poke receives the poke on her Home page when she logs in and has the choice to poke you back. Only she (and not her friends) is aware that you poked her.