4 Tips For Seniors to Get the Most Out of Facebook

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Welcome to the world of Facebook! This popular social media platform can be an exciting and enjoyable experience for seniors since it provides you the opportunity to connect with friends, family, and other like-minded seniors. 

As a senior exploring Facebook for the first time, it’s easy to get lost.  Yet if you embrace the right strategies, you’ll increase your chances of getting the most out of your Facebook experience.

If you’re a senior citizen ready to have a positive and fulfilling social media experience, here are four tips to help you make the most of their Facebook journey.

Craft a Profile True to Who You Are

When creating your Facebook profile, invest time in making it a reflection of what you stand for and who you would like to be perceived as.  Choose a nice photo of yourself that reflects your personality.

Add a cover photo that you find appealing, whether it’s a photo you find online or one you took yourself.  Just make sure that it fits the correct cover photo dimensions or it could be blurry or poorly cropped.

Facebook allows you a space to write a short bio about yourself, however, it’s entirely optional.  Feel free to say you live in an assisted living facility or don’t— just make sure that you don’t share any sensitive information that could be potentially dangerous if a criminal were to get their hands on it. 

Be Kind

As you first venture into Facebook, you will start to find that it can be a versatile place full of a wide range of opinions and values.  You may see things that you want to get into a debate about.  

If you do get into a debate, make sure that you keep it polite and follow social media etiquette.  Don’t use any hate speech or other inappropriate language. 

In other words, don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your grandchildren reading! 

Connect with Your Network

Once your profile is up and running it’s time to reconnect with old friends and stay in touch with your family members. You can search for people you know in the search bar by name.  Once you have a few friends, you can explore the “People You May Know” section which will give you friend suggestions based on people who know people in your network. 

Once you have friends you’ll have a feed of everyone’s posts, from photos to shared articles.  You can like and comment and even share others’ posts if their privacy settings allow you to do so.  Building a Facebook network is not only enjoyable but can give you a sense of community.

Explore Groups and Pages

There are thousands of Facebook groups and pages dedicated to a wide variety of causes, hobbies, and interests.  Use the search bar to find groups related to your passions— from gardening, to travel, or local news. 

Joining these groups allows you to participate in discussions, share tips, and even make new friends! 

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