Using Facebook

Auto-playfacebook-settings-options

It might be worth having a look at the video settings on Facebook.               On the Settings page, it is the last option in the left margin.                Click thumbnail for quick how to guide.             See also  detail for more information.

Switching auto-play off makes Facbook might make your browsing experience more tranquil and reduce broadband usage.

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Signing up on FacebookFace

In order to avoid overcrowding at some of our events, you may need to sign up on Facebook to book your ticket(s).
It is possible to do so even if you want to be very careful to protect your privacy and personal information.

  • With Facebook, you may feel under pressure to disclose more than you want to.            You might not see
    anyone on Facebook who is giving little or no information away.            Also you may see a box on the screen urging you to “complete your profile”, as if it something you must do.            It is possible to use Facebook, though, without answering most of their questions.
  • You can also use Facebook without displaying any photos.

Facebook opportunities

People on the Autistic Spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome, tend to have restricted social lives.            It goes with the territory.            Facebook may offer opportunities for the  high functioning  to develop their social lives and skills, though.

  • You need a couple of real life friends to whom you can send Facebook friend requests, in order to get you started.          Your Facebook friends need to be sound people that you can trust.            If you do not know why then you would need guidance.         Facebook can be a minefield for those who are not well equipped.
  • On the plus side, with Facebook you can look around to see what people are saying.          This may help you to build up a picture of the social landscape around you.
  • Some on the spectrum would need supervision, particularly children.             See what  Parenting website  has to say.                Also, with some  Parents own comments,  opinion is divided.              There is no mention of autism in these comments, so parents need to take account of their own child’s development.

Here is a guide, called  Facebook for Aspies,  containing discussion and tips.              See also:  An Aspie’s experience.

Privacy Settings

People on the Spectrum may be particularly keen to protect their privacy and stop people bothering them.               So they may feel need to pay quite a bit of attention to Facebook privacy settings.                Here are some guides that might be worth a look:

How to                  Comprehensive guide                  Tips

As a matter of interest, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook,  is said to have a touch of Asperger’s.
See  Zuckerberg’s Asperger’s Problem.