Facebook is a social networking website that includes more than 500 million users. The average Facebook user connects with 130 online "friends," and each uses the Facebook search engine to find one another. Profile pages require your personal name, profile picture and URL to be viewable by anyone. You can personalize each of these and add other content by editing your privacy settings.
Facebook requires that your first and last name be listed in your search profile. Initials are not allowed, however nicknames can added or substituted. You can't use titles, symbols, numbers or unusual capitalization, and must use characters from one language only. Facebook intends for its accounts to be used by individuals and not couples, groups or families. Impersonating anyone or anything is not permitted.
Facebook limits the number of times you can change your name. Maiden names can be included in any name changes a woman makes after she marries.
Your Facebook profile picture is intended to be a non-copyrighted photograph of you that does not contain any nudity or obscenities. Upload a photo from your computer or use your webcam to let Facebook take your picture. A square thumbnail will display next to your posts, and you can edit this in the photo settings.
Your Facebook profile page utilizes a unique URL others can use to find you. A default URL contains random symbols and letters, however you can personalize your URL with a username that will display as "http://www.facebook.com/username"
Optional Profile Information
Your privacy settings control the specific information others can see on your profile, such as your birthday, email address, cellphone number and pages you are a fan of. Click "Customize Settings" to designate what strangers, friends, friends of friends and others in your Facebook network are allowed to see when they click on your name.
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