Facebook Buzzwords


Type of Resource


Publication Date

June 22, 2023


Social Media and Apps 
Users have an activity log on their profile which shows a chronological list of what they have been doing on Facebook (e.g. which posts they have liked or commented on and when they add or accept a new friend). This can only be viewed by the user.
Facebook allows users to ‘check in’ at your exact location. This feature is most used when people are at an event and want to show their friends where they are. However if a user checks in at their house, they are giving all their online friends access to their home address.
The cover photo is the main image on a user’s profile. This image is always public and anyone who uses Facebook or has access to a user’s profile is able to view this image.
Facebook implemented the ‘Safety Check’ feature to alert a user’s Facebook friends that they are safe in a crisis. The platform has now developed ‘Crisis Response’ to include the following options to help in a crisis: ask friends in the area if they’re safe, raise money, donate to a fundraiser, and offer help.
Use the Facebook Event feature to organise events, gather RSVPs, respond to invites, and keep up with friends.
Anyone can discover live videos right in their main feeds. Live videos can be broadcast for up to 90 minutes at a time. Any users that follow the user will be notified when they go live. There is also the option to comment on and react to live posts in real time.
Following other users/pages is the best way to fine-tune feeds and see the content specific to individual interests.
Users can see a special friendship page for them and a specific friend by clicking the ‘…’ under the friend’s cover photo on their profile page. This will show all of the content and connections shared by two people who are friends on Facebook, including wall posts, photos, mutual friends, and more.
The Home feed is where users can view all posts that their friends have made in one place. This can be set to ‘Top Stories’, which means that the posts with the most activity (e.g. the most likes, comments, or shares) will appear at the top of the Home Feed, or ‘Most Recent’, which means content will appear in a chronological list based on when it was posted. Both the top stories and most recent stories are live and will update as users view the Home Feed.
This function shows users previous Facebook posts on the anniversary of when they were first shared. Users will see their Facebook posts, posts that they were tagged in, major life events, and anniversaries of when they became friends with someone on the platform.
A post can be text, photos, videos, or links to other websites. The user who posts controls the privacy and decides who they want to share posts with. If someone posts something publicly by accident, they can press the down arrow on the top right corner of every post to edit the privacy settings.
The profile photo is how people identify themselves on Facebook. This image will appear when people search for a user’s name, or write posts or comments. The profile photo is public by default. Users can change the privacy settings on each individual profile photo, but this will simply prevent other users from enlarging the image.
Users can choose how they want to react to a post. There are currently 6 reaction: Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Angry.
Users have a Support Dashboard associated with their Facebook account. Whenever they make a report to Facebook, the outcome of the report can be viewed in their Support Dashboard.

When someone is tagged in a post, a link to that person’s profile is created (e.g. a user can click on that person’s name and Facebook will take the user to that person’s profile).

Users can tag their friends in posts and can be tagged in their friends’ text, photo, video, or comment posts. When a person is tagged in a post, they will receive a notification.

Top Tip: Users can remove the tag if they do not want to be associated with the post and can turn on ‘Review Tags’ to see any tagged posts before they are linked to it (see Timeline Review).

A timeline is the area on your profile where users and their friends can post text, photos, videos, or links. The user can choose who can view the content on their timeline. It can be ‘Public’ (anyone can view it), ‘Friends’ (only people added or accepted friends can view), ‘Friends Except’ (exclude specific friends from seeing a post), ‘Specific Friends’ (only a select group of friends can see), or ‘Only Me’ (only the user can see the post).

This is a tool that allows users to approve or reject posts that they’ve been tagged in before they appear on their Timeline. When a user is tagged by someone they are not friends with, they automatically go to Timeline Review.

When other users view a person’s profile, they will have access to their timeline and everything that has been posted.

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