How is Facebook built

How does Facebook work? Explained in a simple and understandable way

With social networks like Facebook or Google+, you can always stay in touch with your friends. You can find out how this works and what you can expect from the largest of all networks in this practical tip.

Social networks: this is how Facebook works

Facebook is a social network that was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004. It was originally based on yearbooks such as those found at American colleges. The aim was to network as many people as possible. On the homepage itself, Facebook states: "Facebook enables you to connect with the people in your life and to share content with them."

  • After registering, you can use Facebook completely free of charge. You can then search for friends, colleagues and acquaintances and also network with your own family.
  • In this way, you always have at a glance who you are in contact with. So you can exchange messages with each other, share a status with your friends and play games together.
  • Not only you, but also your friends can share a status, so you always know exactly what the other is doing, how they are and what's new. They exchange ideas with one another. What and how much you share is up to you.
  • In addition, you can also subscribe to so-called Facebook pages and people. These include, for example, the news page or the Facebook pages of a celebrity or a club. If you like a page, you can follow the content. These then appear automatically in your message overview.
  • You can share, comment and "like" content from friends and pages. This will spread the news, express your approval for the topic, or subscribe to a message. This way you will receive a notification whenever something new happens on the page or in the post.
  • Facebook is primarily aimed at people who want to exchange ideas with people from their real circle of friends. Thanks to various apps and the group function, you can also get in touch with other people if you want to.

Facebook and data protection: you should know that

The social network is repeatedly criticized, especially because of data protection. However, you can make your profile more secure yourself. We have an overview of the most important topics for you here.

  • First of all, you should pay attention to our three tips on data protection on Facebook.
  • In addition, there are repeated warnings on Facebook. Here you can find out what you can do against these warnings and what else there is to consider.
  • In spite of everything, you can remain quite anonymous in a social network. We'll show you how to do it on the next page.

In another practical tip, we will show you seven things that you did not yet know about Facebook.