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Share the photos, posts and experiences that tell your story.

Your profile, is your collection of the photos, stories and experiences that tell your story. Your profile also includes your Timeline.

Here are some of the things you can do on your profile and Timeline:

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Each person who signs up for Facebook has one account with login information. Each account can have a personal profile and manage multiple Pages.

  • Personal profiles, are for individual, non-commercial use. They represent individual people and must be held under an individual name. You can follow profiles to see public updates of people you’re interested in but aren’t friends with.
  • Facebook Pages look similar to personal profiles, but they offer unique tools for connecting people to a topic they care about, like a business, brand, organization or celebrity. Pages are managed by people who have personal profiles. Pages are not separate Facebook accounts and do not have separate login information from your profile. You can like a Page to see updates in News Feed.

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Upload a Cover Photo and Profile Picture

Your profile picture helps people recognize you on Facebook. To add a profile picture or change your current profile picture:

  1. Go to your profile and hover over your profile picture
  2. Click Update Profile Picture to edit your picture
  3. Choose whether you want to:
    • Pick a photo you already uploaded to Facebook
    • Take a new photo
    • Upload a photo from your computer
    • Remove your current photo

You can use any of the photos you've uploaded to Facebook, or photos your friends have uploaded, if you're tagged in them:

  1. Click on the photo you want to use to expand it
  2. Hover over the photo and select Options
  3. Click Make Profile Picture
  4. Crop the photo and click Done Cropping

Keep in mind, your current profile picture is public.

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A cover photo is the larger photo at the top of your profile, right above your profile picture. Like your profile picture, cover photos are public, which means anyone visiting your profile will be able to see them.

To add or change your cover photo:
  1. Go to your profile
  2. Click Add a Cover, or hover over your current cover photo and click Change Cover
  3. Choose whether you want to upload a new photo or pick a photo from one of your existing photo albums
  4. Once you choose a photo, you can reposition it by clicking the image and dragging it up or down
  5. Click Save

We've found that people have a better experience viewing your profile when they see a cover that is as unique and individualized as you are. This helps people learn more about you. It also helps us prevent spam, fake profiles and other stuff that can detract from your experience on Facebook. An easy way to ensure your cover image is unique is to choose an image from your life, like a photo from a wedding, day at the beach or birthday party. If you want to use a photo to show solidarity or express support for a cause or organization, you can still post a status or photo.

Note: Your cover image has to be at least 720 pixels wide.
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Your profile picture is the picture that friends see next to your name everywhere on Facebook. This is how people recognize you.

Your cover photo is the large image at the top of your profile. This is your chance to feature a unique image that represents who you are or what you care about.

Note: Like your profile picture, cover photos are public, which means anyone will be able to see them.

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If you add a cover photo to your profile, it will be visible to the public, just like your profile picture. This means that anyone can see your current cover photo and any other images you’ve used as a cover. So unlike most of your other photo albums, when you visit your Cover Photos album you won’t see an option to adjust the album privacy settings.
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Fill Out Your Timeline

You can share stories from the top of your Timeline or your News Feed. To create a new post:

  1. Pick what type of story you want to share (ex: Status, Photo, Life Event)
  2. Type in any details you want to add
  3. You can also:
  4. Select an audience for your post
  5. Click Post
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You'll find an audience selector tool most places you share status updates, photos and other stuff. Click the tool and select who you want to share something with.

The tool remembers the audience you shared with the last time you posted something, and uses the same audience when you share again unless you change it. For example, if you choose Public for a post, your next post will also be Public unless you change the audience when you post. This one tool appears in multiple places, such as your privacy shortcuts and privacy settings. When you make a change to the audience selector tool in one place, the change updates the tool everywhere it appears.

The audience selector also appears alongside things you've already shared, so it's clear who can see each post. After you've shared a post, you have the option to change who it's shared with. If you want to change the audience of a post after you've shared it, click the audience selector and select a new audience.

Remember, when you post to another person's Timeline, that person controls what audience can view the post. Additionally, anyone who gets tagged in a post may see it, along with their friends.

Learn more about the audiences you can choose from when you share.

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