How to Add Your Personal Information during Facebook Setup - dummies

How to Add Your Personal Information during Facebook Setup

By Marsha Collier

During the setup process, Facebook is going to ask for your personal information. This is where Facebook content gets really personal. Facebook asks you to enter your basic profile information, beginning with

  • The high school you attended and your year of graduation. When you begin to type your school name, Facebook suggests schools that match, as shown.


  • Your college or university (if any).

  • The employer you work (or worked) for.

  • Your current city.

  • Your hometown.

Facebook’s Privacy settings begin to click in at this point, so now is a good time to familiarize yourself with them. Note the drop-down menu. Facebook uses different icons to represent who will be able to see facts that you add to your profile.


When you click the globe icon next to the word Public, it means that anyone who looks up your page can see this information.


The silhouette of two people, next to the word Friends, indicates that only those with whom you connect and “friend” on Facebook can see this information.


The Padlock and Only Me mean . . . you guessed it. This information is available only to you and no one can see it.


The Cog icon is a recurring theme almost everywhere on the web. When you see a cog, it means that you can change settings. Here, next to the word Custom, it means that you can decide specifically who can see this information. Custom privacy settings become more valuable once you have recruited an extended group of friends.


Any of Facebook’s Privacy Settings can be changed at any time, so decisions made now aren’t set in concrete. But do know that if you try to friend someone you knew twenty years ago, the person might not know who you are if he or she can’t see some specific data that will identify you, so it’s worthwhile keeping some of the basics public.

After you enter the requested personal information, a window may pop up with suggested friends. You may want to add some or all of these suggested friends based on your school and employment life. You can choose to befriend any or all by clicking their names. Doing so will immediately send a friend request to them. (Be sure you want to connect before you click — there’s no turning back.)

If you want, you can skip this step and go on to the next task. You can always search for friends later. Just click Skip and move along.

The next page that appears requests that you choose interests by instantaneously “liking” celebrity and news-source pages. Posts from these pages will automatically show up in your News Feed. You might want to visit these pages at a later time and see the type of content that they post before cluttering up your News Feed.

For now, Facebook is for connecting with friends. You may click the word Skip to move on.