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How Bebo Works


Getting Started with Bebo
A Bebo profile page allows users to aggregate e-mail and news feeds.
A Bebo profile page allows users to aggregate e-mail and news feeds.
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To use Bebo, you need to create a user profile. Bebo has made this process pretty simple. In fact, if you have an AOL or AIM account, you can use that account's login and password to create your Bebo profile. Bebo simply pulls information from your other account to populate your new profile. You'll still need to tweak your profile, but you'll have a head start.

What if you don't have an AOL or AIM account? It's still easy to create a profile. You'll be asked for your name, gender, birthdate, a valid e-mail address and a profile password. You'll also need to fill out a CAPTCHA security check correctly. Once you enter this information, Bebo will guide you through a few more steps, most of which are optional.

The first optional step prompts you to find out if people in your e-mail contacts list are already on Bebo. To do this, Bebo prompts you to enter your e-mail address and password. The service uses this information to access your e-mail's contact list. It then attempts to match the e-mail addresses in your list to entries in its user database. Whenever there's a match, Bebo will make a note of it and allow you the option to choose that contact as a friend on Bebo. But this does mean you'll have to share your e-mail password with Bebo -- and not everyone is comfortable handing out that information.

Next, you'll be asked to fill out your profile. Like most other social networks, Bebo allows you to upload a picture of yourself (or other image) that you can use as your profile picture. You can then fill out your profile with information about yourself, where you're from and your interests. The more information you include, the easier it will be for friends to find you. Depending upon your point of view, this could be either a good or a bad thing.

Once you've finished filling out your information, you can take some time to explore the service.