Create a Profile

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Set Up MySpace

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MySpace allows you to sign up and create a profile for yourself so your friends can find you online and so you have a starting place for your online presence. If you would like to set up a MySpace account here is what you need to do.

To set up MySpace, first, you will need to sign up. Just click on the "Sign Up" link on the MySpace homepage and fill out the sign-up form.

After you sign up you will be asked to post a photo of yourself. If you want to add a photo of yourself to your profile click on the "Browse" button, find your photo on your computer and click the "Upload" button. If you don't want to add a photo to your MySpace account click the link underneath that says "Skip for now." You can always add your photo later if you want to.

The next page allows you to send emails to all your friends so they can sign up for MySpace too. If they already have a MySpace account they will be added to your friend's list. If you don't want to sign up any friends right now click on the "Skip for now" link.

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Edit Profile

From your MySpace editing page, you will be able to do many things. Edit your profile, upload photos, change account settings, edit comments, check email, manage friends and more.

To edit your profile start by clicking on the "Edit Profile" link. The next page will ask a lot of personal questions like who your hero is and what kind of music do you like. Answer only what you are comfortable having other people read about you. To answer one of these questions click the "Edit" button for that question, type in the answer, click the "Preview" button, then the "Submit" button. The first question just wants you to name your profile, go ahead and give it a name.

Now click on the next tab, click the "Edit" button and answer the questions you feel comfortable having people know about you and click "Submit."

Continue clicking down the tabs and filling out your profile until you have the profile looking the way you want it to. When you are finished click on the link at the top of the page that says "View My Profile" to view your MySpace page.

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To get back to your editing page click on the link that says "Home" on the menu at the top of the page.

If you want to add photos to your MySpace profile just click on "Upload / Change Photos," choose the photo you want to add to your profile, choose who you want to be able to view them and click "Upload."

Your photos can be seen by only you or by everyone, it's up to you. Before uploading photos make sure they are in .gif or .jpg format and are smaller than 600k or they won't upload for you.

Read the rules about what kinds of pictures you are allowed to upload too. They don't allow pictures that have nudity, are sexually explicit, violent or offensive, or are copyrighted. They also request that you don't use photos that are of other people without first getting their permission.

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Account Settings

If you want to you can change your account settings. Account settings are such things as privacy settings, password, calendar settings, profile settings and away messages among other things.

Click on "Account Settings" and you will see the list of settings that you can change. Go through and click on each one and change the settings to the way you want to manage your MySpace account. When you are finished click on "Change" at the bottom of the page.

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Add and Delete Friends

When I first signed up for MySpace I already had a friend on my account. I didn't want him on my friend's list so this is how I removed him from my friend's list.

Click the link that says "Edit Friends." Put a check in the box next to the name of the friend you want to delete from your profile and hit the "Delete Selected" button.

Now click on the "Home" link at the top of your page to go back to your editing page.

Go back down to the "My Friend Space" box. There's a link in there that says "Invite Your Friends Here." This is the link you use to find new friends to add to your MySpace profile.

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Your MySpace Profile Name / URL

Click on "Click Here" in the box that says "Pick your MySpace Name/URL!" This is where you will choose the address of your MySpace profile. The address is what you send to people so they can find your profile. Choose carefully, this will be your profile name.

If you want people to be able to find you on MySpace using your real name then enter your name on the next page. If not then click "Skip."

Click on "Home" again to go back to the editing page.

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Mail and Messages

This is where you check and manage your MySpace email. You have 4 options in this box: check your inbox to see if you have any messages from your friends, view messages you have sent in the past 2 weeks (after that they are deleted), check to see if anyone has responded to your friends requests or post a bulletin which is a message sent to everyone on your friends list.

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Manage Your Blog

MySpace also has a blogging feature. You can create your own blog or sign up to read the blogs of other people.

If you want to start creating your own block click on "Manage Blog." On the blog editing page, you will see a box in the left column labeled "My Controls." This is what you will use to create, edit and manage your blog.

To create your first blog post click on "Post New Blog." Choose the date and time you want your blog entry to show up. Give your blog entry a title and choose a category for your entry. Write your blog entry adding colors and changing the way your post looks using the tools provided.

At the bottom of the post, page is some questions for you to answer. They want to know what you're doing right now, while you're posting your blog entry. They also want to know what kind of mood you're in or what kind of mood your blog entry portrays. You can allow or disallow comments to your post using a checkbox provided. There are privacy settings too so you can choose who can read your post.

When you're finished click on "Preview and Post." If you like the way it looks when you preview it then click on "Post Blog" to post your blog entry.

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There are many more features to MySpace, but these are the basics to get you set up and get your profile running. Once you get set up you can browse around MySpace to find out what else you can do.