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Facebook Statuses
OK, so you may not have this button on your keyboard, but finding friends on Facebook is still easy to do.
OK, so you may not have this button on your keyboard, but finding friends on Facebook is still easy to do.
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Like any place where people gather, Facebook has its own culture, and this culture guides how you might want to update your status. Luckily, the general rule of this culture is to be yourself. You can update your status with interesting observations, recent happenings in your life, strange non-sequiturs, funny quips, thoughts about life in general, song lyrics or movie lines, information about your kids or pets, or anything else under the sun. And for your first post, consider writing something about being new to Facebook. You might be surprised by how many responses you get!

Now that you've added all your friends, you might want to scroll down through your news feed (click "home" or "news feed") and see what kinds of status updates they've been posting. This is a great way to see what friends and family members are up to. Did a friend get a new job? Is someone trying to put together a movie night with friends? Is your neighbor cooking a fabulous-sounding dinner?

As for the nuts and bolts of updating your status, that part's easy. Click the "home" or "news feed" tab on your Facebook profile. Then, in the top-middle of your page, type your status update into the bar that asks, "What's on your mind?" When you hit "share," your status update will post to your wall, and it'll show up in your friends' news feeds.

Want to post a message on a friend's page or repost an interesting news story? We'll look more closely at that in the next section.