Technology 101 for Seniors | Lesson 3: Facebook – How to Set Up Your Account

Welcome to Lesson 3 of Technology 101 for Seniors! Today, we’ll focus on how to set up and start to use a Facebook account.

Believe it or not, there are over 1 billion Facebook users around the world! That’s about 3 times the U.S. population, all signing on to one single website. One of the fastest growing groups using Facebook are seniors, so chances are many of your friends and family members are already using the site to share photos, updates, and more. Want to get in on the fun? Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to help you get started!

Before you sign up, you’ll need to have an email address. If you don’t have an email address, click here to view Lesson 1 where you’ll find tips about setting one up.

How to set up your account.

Setting up an account is easy. First, open up your web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox are examples) and type “Facebook.com” into the address bar at the top.

Facebook Sign Up Page - Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Facebook Sign Up Page – Click to enlarge for a closer look.

When you arrive, you’ll see a screen similar to the one pictured here. Under the words “Sign Up”, you’ll enter your first and last name, email address (or mobile number) and create a password. Then you’ll use the pull down menu to enter your birthday, then check male or female, and click the green “Sign up” button. Don’t worry, your information won’t be public right away, and we’ll show you how to make sure you only share what you want to share.

For your password, pick something that is easy to remember, but hard for someone else to figure out. Perhaps your first pet’s name combined with a previous address number, or a grandchild’s birthday combined with your cousin’s zip code. Once you decide on something, write it down and keep it in a safe place.

Getting Started

Getting Started - click to enlarge for a closer look.

Getting Started – Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Next, you’ll be taken to the first Getting Started page. This page will ask if any of your friends are already on Facebook. By clicking “find friends,” Facebook will search your email address and see who you might already know who is on Facebook. If you’re concerned about your privacy, or would rather just find friends on your own, click “skip this step” in the bottom right hand corner.

Profile Picture

Profile Picture - Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Profile Picture – Click to enlarge for a closer look.

The next page will ask for your profile picture. If you have one already on your computer, click “add picture” and upload the one you’d like to use. Or, you can click “take a photo” and use your webcam to take a photo of yourself. This can be tricky, so you can click “skip” and get help from a child, grandchild, or friend.

Welcome to Facebook

Welcome to Facebook - Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Welcome to Facebook – Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Now you’re ready to really have some fun. At the top of the page, Facebook will ask you to confirm your email address. Click “confirm now” and you’ll be asked to enter a code. Visit your email inbox, retrieve the code and enter it on Facebook. This is in place to make sure you are “you.”

You’ll see a button to “Take a Privacy Tour.” We suggest you take this virtual tour before you get started having some fun (which, trust us, is coming soon!). This will take you through every option for who can see your page and what they can see. You may want your page open to everyone, or just friends, or friends and their friends too.

Our advice: start out with the most stringent privacy settings. You can always change as you go along, but think about it this way: if you post a photo of your grandchild, do you want the whole world to see it, or just people you know and trust?

Find Friends, Have Fun!

Now it’s time to start having some fun! In the search bar at the top of the page, you can type in friends’ names to start finding people you know. Start with easy ones, like your siblings, children, and grandchildren. When you find them, click “send friend request” and they’ll get a note that you’re on Facebook and you want to be their friend.

When they accept, you’ll be able to interact with that person no matter where they’re located. Plus, you’ll start to see “people you may know” suggested by Facebook based on your current friends. Who knows, maybe you’ll find an old school or camp friend you haven’t thought about in years!

In an upcoming lesson, we’ll share more about how to use Facebook, including sending messages, sharing photos, articles, videos, how to stay away from spammers, and more!

Plus, there are more lessons on the way. Is there something you’d like to learn about in “Technology 101 for Seniors”? Let us know by clicking here. We’d love to help you learn how to be a tech-savvy senior!


Once your Facebook profile is set, don’t forget to click this link to visit the Crane’s Mill Facebook Page and click “Like” to receive all of the latest news, info, and more from Crane’s Mill!

Events Calendar: Plan Your Next Trip to Crane’s Mill

Have you checked out the Crane’s Mill Events Calendar?

The calendar chock-full of all sorts of fun and informative programs, including our upcoming Summer Open House on June 29, a series of “Tapas” Brunch & Learn programs, medical lectures, and more

Visit the Crane’s Mill events calendar by clicking here.

Some of our past recent events have included:

A guest lecture Eldercare Attorney Tom Murphy

A cooking demo with our Executive Chef Arthur Marston

A Mardi Gras Celebration!

(Click the links above for photos and recaps of the events)

Is there an event you’d like to see on the calendar? Send us an email to let us know. We’d love to hear from you, and are always looking for new and exciting program ideas.

Technology 101 for Seniors | Lesson 2: Tech Terms – What Are Your Grandkids Talking About?

Welcome to Lesson 2 of Technology 101 for Seniors! Today, we’ll take define some terms you may have heard, taking you one step closer to being a tech-savvy senior!

I just downloaded it Grandpa! It’s streaming on YouTube, Grandma! I just updated my status with a picture of the whole family!

Dowloading, streaming, status updates…what does it all mean? Don’t fret, if you’re reading this article you’re well on your way to understanding what the kids (and grandkids) are talking about!

Here are some common tech terms you may have heard before, and a quick definition.

Emailas covered in Lesson 1 of Technology for Seniors 101, Email is simply “electronic mail” and is used to send letters, notes, and photos to friends and family.

Text Message – a short written communication sent from one person’s cell phone to another.

Social Media – any form of communication where the user is engaged. By reading this blog, you’re participating in one form of social media. Other forms include Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Facebook – a social media website where people from all over the world can create their own page containing photos and “status updates” about their lives and the world around them. Users can post comments and “share” items with their friends.

Twitter – a social media website where users post updates in “140 characters or less.”

Tweet – a person’s post on Twitter.

Instagram – a social media website where users can share photographs directly from their phone.

YouTube – a website where users can upload and watch videos of just about anything. Simply click the “play” button on the video to start streaming…

Streaming – rather than downloading a video, by streaming it, you watch through your internet connection.

Download – when a person downloads something, they are essentially making a copy of the file from somewhere on the internet to their own computer or device. This is common for songs, movies, e-books, and more. Once the item is downloaded, the person then has the item in their possession and can use it any time, without having to access the internet.

Hashtag – a hashtag is a way of indexing a conversation and sharing information, commonly used in social media. For instance, if you are using Facebook or Twitter and are interested in finding a holiday recipe, you may want to search #thanksgivingdinner or #easterham. The results may show recipes from experts, photos, and tips from other social media users.

Are there any tech-related terms that you’ve heard that we didn’t cover? Send us an email to let us know!

Plus, there are more lessons on the way. Is there something you’d like to learn about in “Technology 101 for Seniors”? Let us know by clicking here. We’d love to help you learn how to be a tech-savvy senior!


Did you know? Crane’s Mill offers tech support to its residents with the help of James Caldwell High School students. Click this link for more.

Reminder: Don’t Miss Our Only Open House of the Summer!

Visit Crane’s Mill on Monday, June 29 from 1:00 to 400 p.m. for our Summer Open House! The event will feature independent living cottages and apartments plus a tour of our renowned Health Center!

To RSVP, call 973-276-3070 to click here to send us an email.

Visit Crane's Mill for a special summer open house event!

Visit Crane’s Mill for a special summer open house event!

Technology 101 for Seniors | Lesson 1: How to Set Up An Email Account

Welcome to Lesson 1 of Technology 101 for Seniors! Today, we’ll focus on how to set up and start to use an email account.

If you’re reading this article, chances are you already have your own email address. If you don’t already have one, or know a senior who might be interested in setting one up, then this post is for you!

There are many reasons why you might want to have your own email address. From keeping in touch with friends and family to subscribing to newsletters, an email address is an essential part of daily life.

Users have many options for setting up an email account, many of which are free or already included in a service for which you subscribe. For instance, you may already have access to email through your current Comcast, Verizon Fios, or Optimum Online service. You can find out by calling your provider.

On the free side, you’ll find plenty of excellent options used by millions of people around the world. The leading providers are Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo. Regardless of which you choose, you can send and receive email from anyone around the world simply by knowing the person’s email address.

Senior technology tip – choosing your username: think about your username and what you might like it to be. You can use your name, but if it’s a common name, you may need to add a number or two (for instance, Jane Mill’s email address could be janemill22@yahoo.com). Or you may want to select something related to a hobby (janethebirder@yahoo.com). It’s your choice, but try to choose something you’ll easily remember and your family and friends will easily identify. 

To set up a free email account, you’ll need to first visit http://www.gmail.com, http://www.outlook.com, or http:www.yahoo.com/mail. You’ll see these screens:

For Gmail, click the “Create an Account” button in the top right corner of the page.

Click the image for a closer look at the Gmail signup page.

Click the image for a closer look at the Gmail signup page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Outlook, look for the text that says “Don’t have a Microsoft account?” You’ll see “Sign up now” in blue—click there to continue.

Click the image for a closer look at the Outlook signup page.

Click the image for a closer look at the Outlook signup page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Yahoo, type in your desired username and click the “Go” button on the right side.

Click the image for a closer look at the Yahoo signup page.

Click the image for a closer look at the Yahoo signup page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, you’ll be taken to each service’s page where they’ll request more information to get you started (click any of the images to make larger):

You’ll now be prompted to enter your personal information to get started, including your name, your desired username/email address, and your desired password.

Senior technology tip – choosing your password: for your password, pick something that is easy to remember, but hard for someone else to figure out. Perhaps your first pet’s name combined with a previous address number, or a grandchild’s birthday combined with your cousin’s zip code. Once you decide on something, write it down and keep it in a safe place.

After typing in your information, click the “create account” button to visit your email inbox. It will be empty, but you can now send messages and photos to your family and friends by entering the person’s email address in the “send to” box, adding a subject line (for instance, “How are you?” or “Looking forward to the wedding”), typing your letter, and hitting “send.”

Congratulations! You now have your very own email address to share with your close friends and family!

In future lessons, we’ll talk about using your email address to sign up for Facebook, sending photos, and more!

Plus, there are more lessons on the way. Is there something you’d like to learn about in “Technology 101 for Seniors”? Let us know by clicking here. We’d love to help you learn how to be a tech-savvy senior!


 

Did you know? Crane’s Mill offers tech support to its residents with the help of James Caldwell High School students. Click this link for more.