Sign in Facebook

Sign in, in context of Facebook is terminologically speaking, a misnomer. However, it is just the difference of perspective of the user vs. the system's perspective. Sign in and login are often used as synonyms. But the basic thing is procedurally the same, though technically, slightly different.

What is the difference between sign in and sign up?

The first step is to understand the difference between sign up and sign in. Signing up for Facebook is to create a new account on Facebook. It essentially means to register on Facebook. Sign in is usually not used in context of Facebook. But it essentially means the same as login which is the term used generally in Facebook parlance.

In contrast with sign up which is the procedure for registering of new user, signing in is the process of going back and accessing your already created account. So, if you have an account on any social networking site created by the sign up process, you may, from time to time, want to check what is going on. In that case, you fill in your user name, email or mobile number together with your password and enter your already created account. This is the procedure of signing in to Facebook or any other social networking site.

How to sign in to Facebook

Facebook itself has its help centre to provide guidelines to a new user to assist him/ her in signing in for facebook. The following are simple steps to login to Facebook
(a) Go to the facebook site and look at the right above corner
(b) Enter your name and email address or phone number.
(c) Enter your password
(d) Press the 'Log in' button
(e) You are now succesfully logged in to your Facebook account

Facebook login

The term sign in, in context of Facebook is a misnomer of sorts. This is because Facebook uses the term login and not sign in. However, when an user intends to sign in on Facebook, it means the same as login.

While ELL, COCA, Facebook, etc use the term login, there are numerous other sites which do not give the prompt of a login. Rather, sites like Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Bing, Twitter, etc are the ones to give the option of sign in. Again, customarily, a website giving the option of a login as in Facebook, will automatically give a logout option. Where as websites like Twitter, Linkedin, Google, etc which give a sign in option, actually also give a sign out option in place of a log out.
Sign in Facebook and other sites or login- nature of preferences:

In the web world, there are different preferences for login and sign in based on different logic and perceptions. Login is a term more in use in the virtual world. However, the term sign in is derived from signature which is a more real and palpable experience. Login is a more technical rather than human experience.

In the real world, if you have an account in a bank, you sign cheques to deposit or withdraw money. You sign documents. So, even in parlance of the virtual world, the idea is to make users get a feel of the real world experience. So, few sites use sign in and sign out in their usage terminologies. However, Facebook has been known to use the login option instead of a sign in to make the experience more user friendly. How? This is the topic of discussion to follow.