By Marsha Collier

You have two main pages on Facebook: Home (also called your News Feed) and your Timeline. You can select the one you want to view by clicking either Home or your name in the upper-right corner of any Facebook page. Clicking Home brings you to your personal home page.

Your home page has links for just about anything you want to do or see on Facebook. In the center of the page is a column for News Feeds, featuring your friends’ updates.

The left side of this page has clickable navigation links that take you to important areas of Facebook that relate to your account. These areas include the Pages you start, Groups you join, and Lists you curate, as well as your Apps and Interests.

By default, the News Feed in the center of the page shows the updates your friends have posted that are getting the most attention with replies. You may click the down arrow next to News Feed at the at the top left of your navigation links — Most Recent posts — if you’d like to see each post from each of your friends, in the order of posting.

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On the right side of this page, scroll down to watch a live ticker of your friend’s activities on Facebook. You’ll see when they “Like” and/or comment on someone else’s status, photo, or video, and when they become friends with someone.

Hovering your mouse pointer on each post causes an enlarged version of the activity to open, so you can Like (or comment) without having to jump to the page. Just below this stream, you see some important sections to pay attention to:

  • Birthdays: Represented by a tiny gift box icon the birthdays link to see which of your friends has a birthday today. By clicking the link, you can see the names and be able to post Happy Birthday wishes that show up directly on their pages.

    Also note the link you can use to give a birthday gift. It’s a great idea. Clicking the link takes you to Facebook gifts, where you can give a gift as small as a $5 Starbucks gift card.

  • Events: Click the tiny calendar and you see links to upcoming events (in chronological order) that you’ve been invited to.

  • Chat: At the very bottom on the right side of the screen is a box marked Chat. Clicking here opens a box that enables you to text to your online Facebook friends, or place a video call.

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