How to Create A Facebook Account

Facebook serves to keep individuals in touch with their friends and family members through interactive Facebook profiles. If you aren't already one of the over 800 million active users of Facebook, you might want to check out the social network. It takes only minutes to sign up for a free Facebook account.

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Open an Internet browser on your computer and navigate to the Facebook Sign Up Web page.

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Enter your real first and last name, your email address and a password. Select your sex and birthday from the pop-up menus. You must be at least 13 years old to sign up for a Facebook account. Click the "Sign Up" button at the bottom of the screen.

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Type the "Captcha" security code into the box provided.

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You are presented with opportunities to find existing friends on Facebook. If you give the site permission, it compares your contact list to the names of people already on Facebook. You can skip this step for now, if you like.

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Enter information for your profile. Spaces are provided for you to enter you school or college, hometown, current city, interests and lots of other information. For now, enter just the basics. You can go back later and expand on your profile information.

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Upload a profile picture when prompted. This should be an actual photograph of you, which helps friends find and identify you on the site.

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Check your email. Facebook sends a confirmation email to the email address you listed on the Sign Up page. Confirm the account as requested. You have created a Facebook account.