Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.

Make Facebook Useful: Find your Friends Most of Facebook’s features depend on the idea that there are people in your life that you like to stay in touch with, keep up with, and generally connect with. On Facebook, whether these people are best friends, family, coworkers, or acquaintances, once you connect to them, they are considered Facebook friends. We’ve created a few ways for you to easily find your friends. Without friends, Facebook can feel kind of…empty.

Express Yourself: Set up your Facebook Profile Now that you’ve created your account, it’s time to set up your profile. Your profile is what friends and family will see about you on Facebook. It reflects all the things they know about you in real life, and anything else you want to tell them about yourself. Your Facebook profile is not about altering who you are but rather representing yourself. What information best expresses who you are?

So now what? If a few of your friends have confirmed your friend requests, you can really start to explore Facebook and check out your friends.

Timeline of Events

Facebook Rolls Out Microsoft Live Search

  • October 7, 2008
  • Facebook has just rolled out its implementation of Microsoft Live Search, which allows members of the social network to search the Web without leaving the site.

fbFund: Drumroll, please...

  • October 15, 2008
  • We are thrilled to announce our top 25 recipients from round one of the fbFund Developer Competition. The mission of fbFund is to identify talent and seed innovation on Facebook Platform. These diverse start-ups range from e-commerce, religion and productivity to gaming, professional development, weddings and events, wine, sports and travel.

Facebook is So Launching a Digital Music Service

  • October 17, 2008
  • According to The New York Post, the social network is in talks with a number of existing players in the online music space regarding what the paper calls an “outsourcing deal.”

Action Links for Feed Stories

  • October 21, 2008
  • Today we're launching a new feature to add greater engagement to your Feed stories: action links. An action link is a call to action for the user to take within your application, directly from a Feed story.

Facebook Open Sources its Server Software

  • October 24, 2008
  • Facebook has decided to share some details about its system architecture and make public the source code that powers it. In a note posted by one of the company’s engineers, Facebook describes how it went about choosing its technology stack and ultimately arrived at the decision to build its own server – called Scribe – to make sure Facebook could scale to hundreds of millions of users.

A Mobile Phone For Facebook Lovers

  • November 12, 2008
  • They say good things come in small packages. That certainly is true of the new INQ Social Mobile phone from INQ. The phone is based on Qualcomm's 6260 chipset and uses the Brew OS. The device's whole experience is optimized for a few web applications — Skype (obviously), Facebook, Google, instant messaging and other apps like Last.fm.

Verifying Applications – a New Program Begins

  • November 17, 2008
  • We’re opening registration today for our Application Verification program — an optional new program designed to provide your applications with a way to stand out and reassure users that they will provide a good experience. Badges for verified applications will appear to users early next year, beginning in an application's About Page and the Application Directory. We'll do our part to help educate users to recognize the verification badge as a symbol for applications that are respectful, transparent and meet the guiding principles for trustworthiness.

Improving Application Email

  • November 19, 2008
  • We've enhanced application email, letting you provide your users who've opted in to receive email from your application with a richer messaging experience. You can now incorporate a number of HTML tags so you can format your messages as you see fit.
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