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Facebook: The Missing Manual Paperback – February 4, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0596517694 ISBN-10: 0596517696 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (February 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596517696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596517694
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,386,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Facebook's popularity is skyrocketing, drawing more than 50 million people to this combination online village green, personal Web site creator, and souped-up address book. But one thing you won't get when signing up is a printed manual. Enter Facebook: The Missing Manual--your witty, authoritative, full-color guide to unlocking everything Facebook can do.

Facebook: The Missing Manual Sneak Preview: Five Tips and Tricks

1. Never check the "Remember me" box when logging onto the site. (Doing so puts your account at unnecessary risk and saves you very little time or effort.)
2. When you register for the site, use your actual birthday so that your friends will get an automatic heads-up a few days before the Big Day (all the better to fete you with).
3. Never add compromising photos or info to your Facebook profile; bosses, teachers, hiring managers, and others can use legitimate means to see your profile *even if* you think you've adjusted your privacy settings to prevent them.
4. If you're on Facebook to find a gig (or a date), be sure to sprinkle keywords liberally in your profile descriptions. Doing so ups the odds of your appearing in other members' searches.
5. Before you fill out your profile, first head to the main menu and click the "privacy" link (little-p) and follow the steps in Chapter 12 of the book to customize who gets to see how much of your personal information.

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Facebook [The Missing Manual] is relatively short at 268 pages, but contains a great deal of valuable information for new or confused users. The book is formatted to be user friendly with lots of graphics from the Facebook interface nested in large areas of white space and easily read text...If you're interested in getting the most out of Facebook, I highly recommend Facebook: The Missing Manual; otherwise, you may continue to send me virtual gifts while I ignore your pokes.

--Jeff Myers, Blogcritics Magazine


For those seeking to become part of the growing Facebook online community, Vander Veer (whose many computer books include PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual and JavaScript for Dummies) explains how to move into the neighborhood and send messages to other Facebook "friends" for social networking and marketplace purposes. She also covers protecting privacy. Further resources, including using Facebook's help section, are appended.

--Shannon Hendrickson, SciTech Book News

Customer Reviews

This point has been reinforced for me when I picked up E. A. Vander Veer's "Facebook - the missing manual."
Dr. Bojan Tunguz
As far as advanced "Facebooking" I would guess this wouldn't be the book but just exactly how much is there left to learn you don't already know?
Adam R. Smith
This book is a very clear intro to facebook, is easy to read, and provides definite things to do, and things not to do.
Darwin's Bulldog

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By John A. Suda VINE VOICE on February 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Facebook online social network site has become a phenomenon with over 50 million account holders registered with the "online village." It is easy to open an account and almost immediately set up online relationships with friends, coworkers, and community groups. Like its online rival, MySpace, Facebook's features include easy ways for people and (businesses) to connect via blog features, online groups and networks, photo and video sharing, text messaging and postings, and an elaborate tracking system which stores Facebook's activities and allows access to that data to other FaceBook users and even to others not directly connected with Facebook.

The book, "Facebook: the Missing Manual," is designed primarily for the non-technical computer person who wants to join the fun and business of using Facebook. It is a basic primer describing how to use and enjoy the Facebook features --from registering, setting up a profile, finding and inviting friends to join your personal network, joining groups and networks which share your interests, playing with both silly and serious applications, and using Facebook for business purposes, even for job postings and searching.

The book is a relatively short 268 pages, given its layout of large-sized text, much white space, and the presence of numerous full color screenshots illustrating step-by-step instructions on using Facebook. Geeks and nerds probably will not find much value in this book, but computer neophytes will enjoy its simple, yet comprehensive, approach to its topic.

More importantly, in my view, not just for neophyte users but for many of those already using Facebook, is the books' most useful theme which is learning how to understand the privacy issues involved in using Facebook.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Seitz on August 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought both this and Facebook For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)). This book did include some tips not present in Facebook For Dummies, but didn't have many of the tips found in Facebook For Dummies. I also felt like Facebook For Dummies did a better job of explaining why Facebook does things a certain way, and how the whole system works together. That's probably a result of Facebook For Dummies being written by Facebook insiders, while The Missing Manual was written by outsiders.

Ideally, buy both and get the benefits of both books. But if I had to just have one, I would probably go with Facebook For Dummies.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on May 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
I read this book (3rd edition) on Safari Books online for free, through a link from my local library. I wanted to read it because I had so much trouble understanding Facebook's complicated interface. There are three big problems with this book: first, the writing is wordy and hard to follow, for instance it often says things like "click [a link] and look for [another link] on the page"; second, FB keeps changing its interface so by the time you read the book, some of the descriptions and screenshots are already obsolete; third, the whole book reads more or less like a marketing book for FB, treating everything on FB as the best thing in life (get a life, girl!), and, given how FB is a treasure trove for identity thieves (and they've been hacked several times), the book doesn't discuss privacy until chapter 13, the next to last chapter, and early on it fails to warn the reader adequately about how FB by default makes most of the profile info viewable by the public. I learned little from this book and ended up using FB's help pages, so it's good I didn't pay for the book. If you are young, I think it's probably still easy to learn the ropes by poking around FB's site. If you are old like me, first pray FB will stop modifying their interface every week, second you can probably just ask some youngster to teach you - much more effective than reading this book (or probably any book on FB).
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ziv Kitro on April 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
There is no doubt that for many, the Internet is Facebook. it is here where we talk to friends, post images and videos, share our feelings, invite others to events, try to advance our causes and, if there isn't anything better to do, poke each other. there are games, applications that can tell us what the next best book we should buy and ways to find our next date. the ecosystem is almost complete, and in such a vast place it is not always clear how things work.

The third edition of the book brings a vast amount of information. as someone who lives within the Facebook ecosystem I found a few things I never did bother to learn myself - like how to set people as family members. there are tons of tips and tricks and tons of information in regard to the ever changing security settings Facebook give the users.

The book is well written, but it is clear that the aim here is to help those who don't understand the power that Facebook can give them. you will find there information that will help you decide if you need to open a profile or a page and how to go about and really enjoy everything Facebook offers to each type of account. the order of the information make sense and when I came to a section I didn't care for, it was easy enough to move forward and find the next interesting bit.

There should be no doubt - if you are a poweruser this book has nothing to offer you. if you are new to Facebook this book will help you a lot.
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