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Facebook For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Abram , Leah Pearlman
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ready to get active on Facebook but no clue where to start? This bestselling guide gets you started!

Facebook has undergone a number of changes over the years and it is difficult to keep up with everything that it has to offer. This edition of the popular For Dummies guide to Facebook covers the latest updates and guides new users into the Facebook experience quickly and easily. It looks at the redesigned home and profile pages, new filters that improve security, new photo options, expanded mobile connection options, and updates to popular Facebook apps. You will also learn how to use the new messaging system that serves as a hub for on-site messages and outside messaging, including e-mail.

  • This book has been fully updated to help new users take full advantage of everything Facebook offers and all the upgrades
  • Covers Facebook's redesigned home and profile pages, new security features including creating groups as filters, a new photo viewer and tagging options, and more
  • Explains the expanded mobile connection options and the new messaging system that serves as a hub for on-site messages, e-mail, and other outside messaging
  • Updates all the changes to existing Facebook apps
  • Helps Facebook newcomers get up to speed and use the site safely and confidently

This fun and friendly book is the resource you need to get the most from your Facebook experience.

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From the Back Cover

More ways to use Facebook than ever before — and this book makes it even easier!

Facebook keeps you in touch with the important people in your life, and this book shows you how to get the most out of your Facebook experience. Want to locate old classmates, make new friends, share photos and websites, play games, organize a "real-world" event, or promote your favorite cause? Learn how here — and stay safe while you do it.

  • You're in control — manage Facebook's various privacy controls so you can do more of what you want within your comfort zone
  • Profile perfection — see what you should include and how to manage access to different parts of your Profile
  • Track 'em down — discover how to use Facebook's tools to find your friends and keep in touch
  • From Facebook to the real world — learn how Facebook can help you plan events and connect with friends offline
  • Picture this — share your photos and videos on Facebook, edit and tag them, and choose privacy settings
  • Just a note — keep your blog on the Notes application and pick your friends' brains with Questions
  • Check this out — create a Page to promote a cause, a band, or your small business
  • Let's play — compete with your friends in Facebook games

Learn to:

  • Create your Profile and update your Facebook timeline
  • Set your security so only certain people see your Profile and posts
  • Upload high-definition photos and tag your friends
  • Stay connected on the go with Facebook Mobile

Open the book and find:

  • How to customize your Facebook timeline
  • Tips on organizing events with Facebook
  • Advice on setting privacy controls
  • Great ways to share photos
  • Details on creating or joining Groups
  • How to send public and private messages to friends
  • Hints for using Facebook on the go
  • How to keep Facebook safe and fun

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About the Author

Carolyn Abram served as a Facebook product manager from its days as a student-only site to its period of major expansion. Many of the features that define Facebook today were developed during Carolyn's tenure, giving her in-depth knowledge of how the site works.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3762 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (January 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070D83RW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Added Benefit to Facebook Online Documentation March 12, 2012
By davidw
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I came to Facebook reluctantly as a mid-life professional. I have a different standard of privacy, it seems, that many of my younger colleagues. Nevertheless, I realized the powerful potential of reaching close to 1 billion active users, in terms of my business. Although I had been an IT professional in the past, I found many of Facebook's idiosyncracies the opposite of user-friendly or intuitive, and the documentation provided on Facebook is sparse and confusing at best. I decided I needed "Facebook for Dummies". However, I was very disappointed. I found it very poorly written, and it did not address the really core questions I had, like, "what is the difference between my wall and my news feed". Some of the information is there, but organized poorly and hard to access. Doing a Google search I found some free resources that did a great job of teasing these issues out and making them clear: and they're free. For example, I found one that was written for real estate professionals that taught me more in five minutes than reading this entire book. I would say don't waste your money. Check out third-party documentation written for professionals, and forget this book.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Facebook for Dummies April 2, 2012
By Roge
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I had high hopes for this book but was a little disappointed. It was the newest addition but it did not cover a lot of my questions, maybe because Facebook updated their site again. I really do think there are no good answers available anywhere. This was my second purchase of tutorials and I am still in the dark. My not spending a lot of time on Facebook contributes but if I knew more I would be on more. Sounds like going in circles doesn't it. End result .... no good books available.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to Facebook September 6, 2012
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When I started this book I had seen a Facebook page only once. I chose to read the book through instead of skipping around - figuring correctly that there was a logical progression by the author. Working with a desk top version of Facebook while reading the book on a tablet increased my ability to put what I was reading into practice more easily. When you start from zero, there is a lot of content and mechanics to absorb. The combination worked well. The book IS well organized and well written. The hot button subject of privacy settings was very well presented with emphasis on the impact of specifying each setting.

I did find the pictorial representations rather small to read on a tablet and there was low tolerance for expanding their size before being hopelessly blurred.

I would recommend this book to new users of Facebook with the caveat that being able to have the book and the application accessible at the same time makes the learning process more effective. If you can't do that, you may find the old fashioned paper copy more useful.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Need More Info. April 25, 2012
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I'll be the 1st 1 to admit my computer & I don't get along. I'm seriously techno. challenged. Out of desperation, I purchased this book & was so excited when it arrived. Needless to say, I've torn thru this book looking for desperate help, but am still having touble. I think I need a Sesame Street version or need a kid to teach me. I don't know if the challenge is me or the book, but I'll keep plugging away at it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't be a book August 28, 2012
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Apart from her personal anecdotes, this could have been a magazine article. It starts as if to say "this is a computer, it can help you do wonderful things." if you know what facebook is and want to learn more about using it, you would already know how to turn on the computer and how to access the Internet. Does not demonstrate anything other than the most rudamentary options. Waste of money get it from the library instead.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I still can't navigate facebook the way I want to. December 1, 2012
By Sewsew
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I wanted to learn how to delete things I put up in error. Still can't do it. I wanted to be able to change my name - add my maiden. Can't do it. I found it difficult to find what I was looking for; that is, I found the organization convoluted and confusing to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent November 27, 2012
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This book is well arranged, clearly set out and easy to use when following the guidelines. Definitely five star and recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book! November 23, 2012
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The book came in perfect condition at a great price. It has helped me know how to do more things on Facebook.
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More About the Author

Carolyn Abram was born in Westchester, New York and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from Stanford and working at Facebook for three years, she is now a candidate for an MFA in fiction writing at California College of the Arts. In other words, while you should certainly enjoy Facebook for Dummies (she certainly enjoyed writing it) keep an eye out for her fiction in the future.

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