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Social Media Setup Guide 2020

Having a digital footprint is as important as staying alive these days!

And to help us establish our digital existence there are 4 social media apps/platform which reminds us not just of our past, but also help us stay connected with our past. With our past, meaning our friends. Before the inception of such a platform, being connected with friends after graduation was as tough as getting placed in Google!

But now through apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp one has all his friends connected and school/college rendezvous is taking place (bringing back old memories) regularly.

Thus for those still finding it difficult or new to this line, here are the steps to follow to set up your account on the Big 4- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp.

Facebook Setup Guide 2020 with pictures

Facebook

Facebook is an American online social networking service based in California, and a flagship service of the namesake company Facebook, Inc. Its founder is Mark Zuckerberg.  It was on Feb 4, 2004, this social media service was launched. Today, after 16 years it has surpassed the landmark of 2.5 Billion user accounts. 

Apart from its networking ability with friends and relatives, its various apps can be used to sell products online. You can market or even promote your business, brand, and products by making use of the feature of Facebook ads.

Minimum age required: 13 years

The steps for setting up an account are:

Using a Desktop or Laptop:

  1. Type the website URL: https://www.facebook.com/ and press enter. After doing so the below-given page will open.
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  1. The next step is to fill the red highlighted box details. The details include First name, Last name, Mobile number, or email (you can open up a Facebook account without an email id also but for that, you will have to use your phone number), password, birth date, and gender.

On using a mobile number as a signup option you will get all the notifications as SMS on your phone too.

  1. After filling in the above details you will receive an SMS on your phone with an OTP or if using an email for sign up you will have to activate your Facebook ID by opening and accepting the invite in your inbox.
  2. Cheer up, you’re done setting up your Facebook ID now update your profile picture, add friends, and stay connected with your closed ones online.

On a mobile phone using the mobile app::

  1. Go to your play store (Android) or AppStore(IOS device).
  2. After this in the search panel type Facebook and install the application.
  3. Now go to your app drawer and launch the Facebook application. 
  4. After so you would find below “Create new Facebook Account”. Click on it.
  5. You will be taken to a page that says join Facebook. Click on NEXT.
  6. Then it will ask you access for your contacts, phone calls. Accept and continue or decline the ones not required by you.
  7. Next step, filling of details- First name and last name and press next.
  8. Enter your birthdate and press next and confirm your entry is correct for your DOB.
  9. Enter you mobile number or email id and press next.
  10. Enter the password and reconfirm it and press on sign up.
  11. Enjoy! You are online.

You can also install the app on your mobile, the same ID gets synched and can be used wherever you go. If comfortable with the way done on laptop you can open the same link on mobile browser and follow the same steps too.

Features of Facebook:

Some of the frequently used features of FB include:

  • Newsfeed: The one place where all the activities of your friends and channel followed are available. Or where you can upload your content (photos, videos, likes, comments, etc.).
  • Friends: To view the various friends or connections you have made so far.
  • Messenger: For chatting through Facebook you would require the messenger app.
  • Events, Places, marketplace, image tagging, etc.
  • Fundraisers, Facebook moments, Live streaming, etc.
  • Last but not least Facebook games.
  • Push notifications

Instagram Setup Guide 2020 with pictures

Instagram

Instagram is an American image and video-sharing social networking service which comes under Facebook. It is a breed of smartphone apps that have tapped into the creative, image-based online life of youngsters. It has over 200 million users.

The app was founded by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, both Standford University graduates. Its basic premise is the sharing of images/pictures however the site is popular for its picture-editing functionality.

Minimum age required: 13 years

Steps to setting up an account:

On Mobile Phone using the mobile app:

  1. Open play store or AppStore and search for Instagram.
  2.  After doing so you will see the app on the top, click on it and install it on your device.

3. After installing an app will be created in your app drawer. Click on it to open the application.

4. On opening the app it gives you two options either to use your Facebook account or set up using an email or phone number. If you want or have a Facebook id feel free to skip to the next step as you are done setting up your id.

5. However, if you don’t want to use Facebook or ID or create a fresh one click and fill the required details. Create a user name and password.

Using a Desktop or Laptop:

  1. Open your browser and type https://www.instagram.com/ on your address bar.
  2. Fill in the required details like email id or phone number, username, password, etc. or even you can use your Facebook account to directly link the two.
  3. Click on sign up.
  4. Verify your email or phone number depending on what you have entered while signing up.
  5. Open your application and enjoy following, sharing, and viewing images, audio, videos, etc.

Features of Instagram:

Some of the frequently used features of Instagram include:

  • Image editing, Filters: It provides to its users thousands of editing features and filters to help enhance the quality of the image.
  • Location tagging: Allowing users to add the location of the visit along with the image posted to keep in it memories.
  • Push notifications: All new notifications or happening in your profile are made aware to you through sound or text notifications
  • Live video streaming
  • Group messaging:  One can message as many users as possible all at once through group messaging.
  • Video editing tools, etc.

Twitter Setup Guide 2020 with pictures

Twitter

Friends, or relatives are all you follow? A question asked by this site to many. As here you can connect and tweet on the post of politicians , actors, etc. Twitter is an American microblogging and social networking service on which users post and interact using messages, photos, videos, etc. In the Twitter world such messages are called “tweets”.

This site is used mostly to bring things in notice. People can give their reviews on stuff by using “#”. Yet another pretty popular application for connectivity and uploading images and images.

The blue-birds tweets are really loud and heard by many i.e. it is a pretty impactful platform.

Minimum age required: 13 years

Steps to setup:

Using a Desktop or Laptop:

  1. First step, type or copy the link: http://www.twitter.com/ and press enter.
  2. You would be taken to the official website. There in the right-hand corner you would find the text stating- “New to Twitter?” or “Sign Up”. Click on Sign Up.
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  1. Fill in the details like name and phone or you can also use your email id by clicking on the option-” Use email instead” and click on next.
  2. After this, you verify your phone number or mail.
  3. Boom! You are done setting up your Twitter Id start the #tweets and get connected to all.

On a mobile phone using the mobile app:

  1. Click on “Create new Account”.
  2. Enter your username and phone number or email address and press next.
  3. After doing so, confirm the details entered and click on Sign Up.
  4. Confirm your phone number by entering the OTP and email by entering the code/ accepting the invite sent on your mail to confirm your id.
  5. Next step, upload your picture and start tweeting.

Now every time you needn’t enter your twitter id to sign in. the usage of the twitter app also enables push notifications on your mobile preventing you from missing out any important information available online.

Features of Twitter:

Some of the frequently used features of Twitter include:

  • Clearer typography and iconography.
  • Easy to understand UI: After signing in, it is very easy to understand what options are available and what all features are available. 
  • Tweeting and retweeting on others’ tweets.
  • Following a person and his various activities.
  • Opinion polls, Live streaming, etc.

WhatsApp Setup Guide 2020 with pictures

whatsapp

 WhatsApp was founded by Jan Koum and Brian Acton. The popularity of this application was so high that Facebook ended up buying it. On 19 Feb 2014 WhatsApp was bought by Facebook. WhatsApp is an American freeware, cross-platform messaging, and Voice over IP application. With the progressing technology, it has overshadowed the usage of SMS in mobile phones. People prefer sending a WhatsApp message instead of an SMS as it is cheaper and also faster.

Though it arrived on the scene much later than the rest but it has been able to catch the imagination of millions of people across the world by giving them the ability to communicate and share instantly. The WhatsApp call feature is just the topping on the cake!

Minimum age required: 13 – 16 Years

Steps to setup:

Using a Mobile Phone:

  1. Install the application from the play store or AppStore for Android and IOS users respectively.
  2. Launch the application from the app store.
  3. Tap on “Agree and Continue” present at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Tap on continue on the pop-up.
  5. Grant access to your media, files, and contact as it is required for the functioning of WhatsApp. Click on allow.
  6. Enter your phone number and press next.
  7. Press ok to confirm your phone number.
  8. Enter the OTP and click on next.
  9. Enter a username, the name you would want others to know you as. And press on Next.
  10. Click on the bottom right icon to start chats with your already existing contacts on WhatsApp.

However, for those contacts not on WhatsApp you can invite them by sending SMS for joining the media apps.

Steps to invite:

  1. Tap the green chat circle at the bottom-right of the screen.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of your contact list and tap Invite friend option available.
  3. Select the app through which you want to send an invite to your friend or acquaintance.

Features of WhatsApp:

Some of the frequently used features of WhatsApp include:

  • Creating groups and staying in link with others.
  • A simple and reliable way of sending messages.
  • Cheap and free to use.
  • Video streaming
  • Broadcasting chats
  • Video chatting and sharing documents easily.

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