Facebook Terms

An admin is a person who’s in charge of a group.  When you create a group, you are automatically be listed as both an admin and the group’s creator.  Admins can invite people to join the group, appoint other admins, and edit group information and content.  They can also remove members and other admins.
An advertisement.  Users can create Facebook Ads to market their products and ideas.  Ads are not free.  Visit the Help Center to learn more.
Users can add applications to their profiles, pages, and groups.  There are dozens upon dozens of applications to choose from.  Some are built by Facebook.  Most are built by external developers.  Visit the Application Directory to learn more.  See General Application Support for Q&A.
Web log.  Used as a noun or verb.  An online diary or column maintained by an individual.  Blogs generally contain commentary,  but may also contain graphic images, videos, or descriptions of events. 
An advocacy group or online campaign for collective action.  Any Facebook user can start one.  A cause can be used to raise money or promote one’s position on an issue.  Visit the Causes Help Center to learn more.
Charity Gifts
(by Causes)
This feature enables Facebook users to donate money to any of 21 select and specifically targeted charities.   Donation amounts are predetermined and range in value from $10 for two blankets for people suffering from a disaster or emergency to $200 for a laptop computer for a child in a developing country.  Visit Causes to learn more.
A feature that lets users talk with friends who are online in Facebook.  Visit the Help Center to learn more.
The person who started and administers a cause.
One of the most popular searches on Facebook is How do I Delete (… fill in the blank).
A calendar-based resource that users can add to their profiles, pages and groups that lets them share news about upcoming affairs or social gatherings.
Facebook Connect
A single sign-on service that enables Facebook users to login to affiliated sites using their Facebook account and share information from those sites with their Facebook friends.  See Facebook Connect to learn more.
Facebook Blog
The official Facebook blog where you will find hundreds of posts on a wide range of subjects.
Facebook Platform
The underlying systems software and application framework that developers use to build Facebook applications.  See FAQ.
A person who has joined a page because they like what that page represents.
Facebook Markup Language is a variation and subset of HTML with some elements removed. It allows Facebook application developers to customize the “look and feel” of their applications.  It lets developers build social applications on the Facebook platform.  Facebook Developers Wiki is an excellent resource for information about FBML.  There are several applications offered that have FBML editing capability.  See Static FBML.
Used to separate friends into different categories. Create your own filters using Friend Lists. You can also filter by applications, like Photos.  Tour the new Facebook homepage to see the where Filters are used on the profile.
A person who has joined a profile, usually by invitation.
Friend Finder
A Facebook utility that helps users find present and former friends, family, coworkers, schoolmates, and other acquaintances.  Visit Friend Finder to learn more.
(by Facebook)
Virtual tokens of appreciation one member gives to another. On April 9, 2009, Facebook celebrated 200 million users by partnering with 16 global charity/advocacy groups. Those groups created virtual gifts for the Facebook gift shop that Facebook users can purchase for their friends.  All proceeds go to the group associated with the gift.  Users can select gift recipients, gift images and delivery options.  Visit the Gift Shop or Help Center to learn more.
A group is not a page or profile.  It is a Facebook site created by bands, companies and other organizations to promote their activities.  Visit the Help Center to learn more.
Featured photos, events, notes and more that you don’t want to miss. Stories are chosen based on what your friends have interacted with.  Tour the new Facebook homepage to see the where Highlights are located on the profile.
The Facebook mail application.  See Messages and Inbox at the Help Center to learn more.
Facebook’s answer to web page analysis.  For each Facebook page, Insights tracks the number of page views, unique views, total interactions, wall posts, discussion topics, fans, new fans, removed fans, reviews, photo views, audio plays, and video plays.
Koobface Worm
A rogue application that is plaguing Facebook and other social network sites.  It is spread by a link that looks like a video.  What it does is …  Facebook is all over it.  Every time Koobface, or one of its variants rears its ugly head on the Internet, Facebook has implemented safeguards to protect its users from attack.  See cnet or Scientific American articles for details about how the worm spreads and what it does.
A Facebook tool to follow language trends across Facebook. Specifically, Lexicon looks at the usage of words and phrases on profile, group and event Walls.  Visit the Help Center to learn more.
A  feature that appears as a link next to something you see on Facebook that allows users to let others know they appreciate that something, whether it be a video, a comment or something else.  Visit the Help Center to learn more.
Limited Profile
A profile that allows only restricted access. 
Facebook Marketplace is a feature developed by Facebook that allows users to post free classified ads within the following categories: For Sale, Housing, Jobs, and Other.  Ads can be posted as either available and offered, or wanted.
A person who has joined and participates with a group.
Mini Feed
Similar to a news feed, but different.  A Mini Feed centers around one person. Each person’s Mini Feed shows what has changed recently in their profile and what content (notes, photos, etc.) they’ve added.  Mini Feeds are sent automatically and posted to friends’ profiles for all to see.
Facebook Mobile offers multiple Facebook features for your phone, such as Facebook Mobile Web (m.facebook.com), Facebook Mobile Texts and Facebook Mobile Uploads.  Go here to see Facebook Help (Mobile Edition).
A circle of friends and acquaintances that centers on a city, school, company, or military organization.  See Help Center to learn more.
News Feed
News Feeds highlight what’s happening in your social circles on Facebook.  News Feeds are posted to profiles for all to see.
Notes are like mini-blogs for your profile.  Visit Help Center to learn more.
Like Mini Feeds, notifications are news feeds from friends, sent automatically as they engage in activity on their profile.
Honorary appointment.  Group admins can add officers to a group.  Other than holding a title, officers have no additional privileges beyond regular members.  They do not have admin authority.
A page is not a profile.  It may look like one, but it’s not.  The features and capabilities are different.  It is a Facebook site intended for and created by artists, musical groups, celebrities, businesses, brands and similar entities (not individuals).  You can add pages to your profile to show your friends what you care about.  Only the official representative of an artist or business can create and make changes to a page.  Visit the Help Center to learn more.
A Facebook application that lets users upload albums of photos, tag friends, and comment on photos.
A poke is a way to interact with your friends on Facebook.  It allows one user to virtually poke another.  Some consider it flirting.
A profile is not a page.  It may look like one, but it’s not.  The features and capabilities are different.  It is a Facebook site intended for and created by people who want to share information about themselves and socialize with others.  A profile displays a user’s personal information and their interactions with friends.  Each registered user may have only one profile.  See Help Center to learn more.
Use publisher to Publish your status, photos, notes and more into the stream. Posts show up both in your profile, and on your friends’ home pages.  Tour the new Facebook homepage to see the location of Publisher on the profile.
Really Simple Syndication.  Wikipedia defines it as a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format.
Static FBML
A Facebook application that lets users customize their pages using Facebook Markup Language (FBML).  See the Static FBML page for more information.  We used Static FBML on our Facebook page to create the HowDoIFacebook section.  See How Do I Add  FBML to learn more.
A micro-blogging feature called which allows users to inform their friends of their current whereabouts, actions, or thoughts.
The stream shows you posts from your friends in real-time.  This keeps you up to date on everything that’s happening. You can control who appears here.  Tour the new Facebook homepage to see where Stream is located on the profile.
Tabs mark the different sections of a profile. 
  • The Info tab displays basic information like Birthday and Hometown, as well as interests and activities. The Info tab also lists all Groups the user is a member of, and all the Pages the user is a Fan of.
  • The Wall tab displays the user’s interactions with friends (comments and messages) as well as status messages.
  • The Photos tab displays profile photos and albums.
  • The Boxes tab displays all of the applications and features not showcased elsewhere on the profile.
  • Other tabs.  Users can feature their Applications by creating a tab unique to that application.
Marking a photo or video with text that identifies the image or the person in the image.  See How Do I Tag a Picture or Video to learn more.
A Facebook application that allows translators from around world to translate Facebook into different languages.
News feeds sent to you from pages that you have joined.
A Facebook application that lets users share videos on Facebook. Users can add their videos with the service by uploading video, adding video through Facebook Mobile, and using a web cam recording feature. Additionally, users can “tag” their friends in videos they add much like the way users can tag their friends in photos.
A featured section inside a Facebook profile.   It’s a space on every user’s profile page that allows friends and users themselves to post messages for all to see.
Notices from Facebook that you have engaged in a prohibited activity or that you have reached a limit that suggests you were using a feature at a rate that is likely to be abusive.  See Warnings on the Facebook Help Center for more information.
What You See Is What You Get.  Pronounced wiz·zy·wig (wĭz’ē-wĭg).  The term relates to an HTML editor, word processor, or desktop publishing system that is designed to show you on screen exactly what will be displayed when a document is printed or viewed online.