What functions does Facebook offer

Facebook explained simply: these are the basics



Every Facebook user has a profile page where they can introduce themselves and upload photos and videos. On the profile's wall, visitors can leave publicly visible messages or post comments on the profile owner's own contributions.


In the chronicle, the entire online life of a user is shown on a timeline, i.e. all previous entries, photos and reports from applications are sorted chronologically and can be seen at a glance.
Users have the option of posting status messages, photos, videos, their current whereabouts or life events directly on their timeline. For each status post in the timeline, people can be marked or an exact date can be given and a location can be added. In addition, the audience that should be able to see the new contribution can be selected. The setting made at this point will be used as the default for the next post. Therefore this setting should be checked every time.
Since the introduction of the chronicle, a Facebook user can post so-called "life events". There are five different categories of life events, which are represented with small symbols. If you click on "Life Event" in the dialog box for status messages, a tab opens with the various categories and associated event suggestions. The user can select one of these suggestions or “other life event” and fill in further information. The “finished” life event then appears in chronological order in the personal chronicle.


The timeline shows posts from "Like" sites and friends. The display is not chronological here, but is controlled by an algorithm. The changes to this algorithm put site operators under pressure in particular, as many posts no longer appear in the feed. Comments under posts in the timeline are usually visible to many users. If the commented post is public, the comment can also be seen by everyone - as can the reactions via Like or Emoji.

Like button

Facebook became famous for its Like or Like button, with which users can express with just one click if they approve of something. With the emojis "Love", "Haha", "Wow", "Sad" and "Angry", users have had more options since February 2016 to react to posts and thus give Facebook more specific information. As an alternative to public messages, users can send each other personal messages or chat.

Friends lists

In order to network with others, you have to ask users for friendship requests. This request can be confirmed, ignored or rejected. The applicant will not be informed of this. To be “friends” in the context of Facebook means to give each other insight into their own chronicle as well as to exchange information or to be able to use “apps” together.
Lists can be created to categorize friends in order to share certain content with them.
In the right margin you can even see who of your friends has been active on Facebook since when, which is extremely controversial among data protectionists, especially since this function cannot be turned off.


Facebook not only offers profiles for private individuals, but also so-called pages for artists, well-known people, companies and brands. A distinction is made between the following page categories: local company or location; Company, organization or institution; Brand or product; Artist, band or public figure; Entertainment; good cause or community. You can like these pages and get their contributions displayed in the timeline.


The integrated chat function allows you to write personal messages or chat in a group with several contacts. Facebook also offers a range of emojis for this purpose. The critical thing about the chat function is that everyone from the friends list can see when a user was last online. Messages from strangers are initially saved as a message request. They are only displayed in regular chats after confirmation.


An application for text and audio communication for the iOS and Android operating systems exists under the name Facebook Messenger. It is integrated with Facebook's web chat function.