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Facebook For Dummies Paperback – November 9, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470527610 ISBN-10: 0470527617 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (November 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470527617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470527610
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Learn to:
  • Create a Profile, navigate the site, and use privacy features

  • Find friends and Groups

  • Add applications and upload photos to your Facebook page

  • Build a fan page or get the word out about an event

Facebook secrets revealed! Keep up with friends, family, classmates, and business contacts

Is everybody on Facebook except you? Change that with this friendly guide. These Facebook experts show you how to set up your Profile, protect your privacy, find friends and family members, learn what's happening in their lives, and keep them up to date on yours. You can even improve your business life with Facebook — here's how!

  • For the beginner — learn the rules, set up a Profile with your personal information, upload photos, and find friends

  • Make it work for you — tailor the Facebook system to deliver the updates you want and block out the rest

  • Here, you can write on the Wall — explore communication through personal posts, public comments, and photo sites

  • Participate — discover and join groups that focus on activities you enjoy

  • Take the lead — start your own group, plan an event, or find others who share a special interest

  • Promote your business — use fan pages and ads to introduce your business to new customers

  • On the go — use Facebook mobile texts to stay connected while you're out and about

  • Help keep Facebook safe — report rules violations and activities that weaken the Facebook community

Open the book and find:

  • What you can and can't do on Facebook

  • How to find and connect with your friends

  • Tips on navigating the site

  • Privacy controls and how to use them

  • Advice for creating the perfect Profile

  • How to schedule your life with Facebook

  • Ideas for a business page that gets attention

  • Great applications to try

About the Author

Leah Pearlman and Carolyn Abram work at Facebook. They've created and launched many of the site's features. They know Facebook inside and out and contribute regularly to the company blog at blog.facebook.com.

Customer Reviews

As is the case with most of the "Dummies" books, the information is presented in small, easy-to-digest bites.
L. F. Smith
If you read this book in a day that you got it, maybe it would help..but FB changes so fast and so often this book can not keep up...
Crafty Lady
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to participate in the Facebook experience, but was afraid to try.
P. Adams

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By L. F. Smith VINE VOICE on November 10, 2009
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This newly revised, 2009 edition is the missing-- actually non-existent-- users' manual for the "new" facebook. Some of the previous reviews were written about the first edition, which is, as the reviewers say, indeed obsolete.

This is a very good summary of Facebook's features for it intended audience, people who are new to social networking in general and new to Facebook specifically. As is the case with most of the "Dummies" books, the information is presented in small, easy-to-digest bites. It's certainly not a technical book, but it's technical enough to answer most of the questions a new user might have.

The organization is very logical, beginning with how to set up an account and leading through how to add outside applications, use Facebook on a cell phone, etc. One very good feature is that at nearly every step, the authors point out pitfalls, traps, and potential dangers and explain how to avoid them. This allows new users to end up with an account that meets their needs-- and one that doesn't expose them to inconveniences or even stalkers.

The authors are genuine Facebook experts; both of them are Facebook Product Managers with considerable experience. In my view, their tone is just right; it's authoritative without being pedantic, and light without being cutsie.

I bought this book because some friends recommended that I join Facebook. I had no experience with it at all, and this book allowed me to get started quickly and to feel comfortable using it. I recommend it highly to all new Facebook users and to experienced users who want or need a good summary of the "new" Facebook's features.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. Adams on February 14, 2010
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Because of this book, I am no longer reluctant to post things on Facebook (a fear likely NOT shared by the younger generation). I especially like the author's explanations, repeatedly, about using the various privacy settings, and how to reveal 'only what you want to reveal' to different levels of friends and the general public. The author's insider explanation of how things are structured on Facebook was so welcome. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to participate in the Facebook experience, but was afraid to try. Participating in Facebook has helped me understand the younger members of our extended family, a little glimpse here, a sentence there - it is wonderful. It also has allowed me to share ordinary moments or thoughts that happen in our physically extended family. You now can check, see a post on Facebook that they made, and be reassured that even though you haven't spoken to them in a little while, all is still fine with them. I find that very comforting.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By TundraVision on July 21, 2009
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I got the Kindle download, was merrily following along until the very-entertaining writers got down to actual screens, apps, etc and ... hunh?
Reviews on Kindle fail to mention that it is woefully out-of-date. Screens have all undergone one or more major revamps since it was promulgated and many things they instruct about simply no longer exist, as in: "Cool! I can see who of my friends is online now?!... WHAT arrow in the center of the right side!?" A trip to FB online Help says: Nope! Feature: intermittent - and constantly moving around as FB's techies continue to tinker.
The book is good for general concepts - only that and nothing more. Otherwise, it frequently resembles a guide to US IRS Form 1040 based on Canadian forms.
/TundraVision, Amazon Reviewer
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Williams on March 2, 2010
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Knowing nothing about Facebook before opening this book, I needed it to get me up and running quickly and painlessly. The two authors work for Facebook, which gives them a comprehensive knowledge of the application (as they say of one part: `we wrote it'), but the text does sometimes slide towards a hard sell. A more balanced critique was definitely required in places. Other reviewers are quite right that there is a lot of repetition and unnecessary tangents in the book - it could have been a lot shorter - but that seems to be the Dummies style. In all, however, it did what I wanted, which was to get me established on Facebook; exactly what it said on the cover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary on July 18, 2010
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This book started out great! I'm a person whoe reads front to back and I don't move around in a book. This book is outdated, Facebook has changed it format since this book was written. So Only a part of this book is up to date. I'm sure it was great but now it is frustrating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kirkland Gable on January 13, 2010
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I am the perfect dummy for this book. I'm a slow learner in the area of technology and like to read. I don't like those technology instruction books that assume I know more than I actually do.
It's a gentle introduction to Facebook with a pleasant style of writing. High tech people would probably say the style of writing is too casual and slow, but it's good for me. I also like the detailed index at the end of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Constance Lane on September 25, 2012
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As someone who is a big fan of the Dummies books, I was so disappointed with the Kindle version. It was my own fault, since I had forgotten how important the illustrations and tables were when I used "Dummies" to learn many of the arcane mysteries of Lotus 123, and Word Perfect. When beginning with the basics, they didn't clutter the info with too many details on the finer points of the software. They focused on the "need to know" skills, leaving the "gee whiz, I didn't know that!" and "nice to knows" for later chapters. As I said, mea culpa, just benefit from my mistake.
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