One of the most enjoyable parts of Facebook is checking out friends' photos and videos, whether they're from an interesting trip, a family outing or a preschool play. And if a picture's worth a thousand words, then uploading a quick pic is a whole lot easier than typing a thousand words' worth of status updates. There are a couple ways to share pictures and videos, including the following:
Upload a photo or video: If a photo or video already lives on your computer, click the "photo" button above the "What's on your mind?" bar and then follow the prompts to find the photo or video on your drive and upload it to Facebook. As always, consider adding a short comment with the picture or video. You can upload an entire album of photos from your computer, too: Just click the "photos" link on the sidebar on the left of your profile, then click "upload photos" and follow the prompts.
With webcam: Facebook leads you through taking photos or videos with your built-in or connected webcam. Simply click the "photo" button and follow the prompts. That said, using a webcam with Facebook requires a couple additional tools, namely a webcam and the software Flash Player. If this makes no sense to you, consider posting pictures or videos some other way.
From a mobile device: A smartphone connected to Facebook is a powerful combination. Once you've linked your Facebook account with a mobile number (you can do this in "account settings") or installed the Facebook app on your phone, you can take photos and video (if you phone allows), and post it directly from your mobile device to your Facebook profile. To do this, you'll have to follow your phone's specific guidelines, but it's usually fairly easy to get the hang of it.
As you can see, there's a lot to see and share with your friends on Facebook. If you're ready to dig deeper into using Facebook and learn more about the site, check out the links below.
- All Facebook. "Facebook Tutorial: How to Create a Facebook Profile." WebMediaBrands. (July 16, 2011) http://www.allfacebook.com/facebook-tutorials/facebook-profile-tutorial
- Facebook. "Introducing the New Profile." (July 16, 2011) http://www.facebook.com/about/profile/
- McIvor, Christine. "How to use Facebook." YouTube. Feb. 6, 2010. (July 16, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUnmowztKMQ
- Sartain, Julie. "A newbie's guide to Facebook." Computerworld. April 1, 2008. (July 16, 2011) http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9070138/A_newbie_s_guide_to_Facebook