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Facebook For Dummies Paperback – October 5, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470878040 ISBN-10: 0470878045 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470878045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470878040
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Get on Facebook, connect with people, protect your privacy, and enrich your life

Don't know your way around Facebook? Stop missing out — this handy guide tells you how to get started, what should (and shouldn't) go in your Profile, how to choose who sees your information, how to find long-lost friends and make new ones, and much more. Discover how Facebook helps you plan events, advertise your business, and promote your group, too!

  • Get the basics right — learn how to set up and maintain your Facebook profile and contacts and set privacy controls

  • Reach out — find friends and enlarge your circle, use the Wall, share photos, and use tags

  • Simplify your life — use Facebook to keep many people up to date on events and activities, all at the same time

  • Take Facebook along — discover how to activate and use Facebook Mobile to add or retrieve Facebook information on the go

  • It's a group thing — find and join groups with common interests, or create your own

  • Be party perfect — plan real-world activities and gatherings using Facebook Events

  • Give Facebook the business — explore new ways to connect with your customers and find prospects

  • Just because — create a Facebook page for fundraising or to support a cause

Open the book and find:

  • Steps for finding and connecting with friends on Facebook

  • Tips for choosing who should be your Facebook friend and who shouldn't

  • Privacy controls and how to set them

  • How to build a Profile for a business, artist, or cause

  • What photo tags are and why to use them

  • How to find groups you'd like to join

  • Steps for finding friends using your e-mail address book

  • How Friend lists simplify communication and privacy

Learn to:

  • Sign up on Facebook, create a Profile, and use privacy features

  • Find old friends and make new ones

  • Share photos and videos and send private messages

  • Create a page for your business or promote a cause or event

About the Author

Carolyn Abram and Leah Pearlman helped develop many of the features that currently define Facebook when both were product managers for the site. Leah is still a Facebook product manager, while Carolyn is working on an MFA degree in creative writing.

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.

Customer Reviews

I wish I could send this book back!
Kafi J.
The material was well written and easy to follow; found the references very helpful.
Nick O.
This was just too disjointed to help me get a real handle on Facebook.
Kimmy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By BobL on November 3, 2010
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I bought this book to use as a guide for Facebook. This book has so many pages (338), that I found it easier to figure out Facebook by just using Facebook. I am a Facebook Newbie, and thought this book would be good to get me started. I found this book to have useful information scattered about in sections all over the book. Instead of having each item listed together with intro info, then building into more detail on any item, the book is written in starting info chapters, then more info on an itemis found in other chapters as you progress through the book. To me, the title of the book is a great description of the book.
I would have preferred a smaller manual, if one exists. 70 pages into the book, and I just got tired of it, even using the index in the back. It was a cheap enough paperback though, so no big loss to me. When I find more time, I might just go through the whole book.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kafi J. on January 27, 2011
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I purchased this book to use as a step by step guide to setting up a Facebook page for my employer. The screenshots that are in the book did not match the screens I saw online. I kept searching through the book and tried to set up the site in different ways. I think that 2 additions may have made the book useful:

1. A searchable, clectronic copy of the book. Maybe my search criteria was faulty!
2. Some way to contact someone @ Facebook to get help! It is/was extremely frustrating as I waded through the site and the book with no helpful information that I could find. I think this is the first purchase I was TRULY dissapointed with from Amazon. I wish I could send this book back!

In conclusion, unless you are a teenager trying to set up a page for yourself and/or your hobbies page, DON'T DO IT!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kimmy on March 4, 2011
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I was disappointed with Facebook for Dummies. I have bought a few dummies titles over the years and I understand their goals. This was just too disjointed to help me get a real handle on Facebook. I am one of those who "just doesn't get it" when it comes to Facebook. I don't see why people spend so much time on it but I have friends and family who do and I wanted a good overview that wasn't too technical to help me. This is certainly a humorous look at Facebook, and it does cover many aspects of FB but in a way it covers too much. It tries to be a manual for most features of Facebook and I need a good, INTRODUCTORY how-do-I-use-this-and-why-do-I-even-want-to guide.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By macsteve on February 13, 2011
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I've been disappointed in my purchase. I check the copyright before I bought it, but much is already outdated. Many of the illustrations in the book don't match what comes up on my computer screen, making much of the book useless to me. I feel like I've been taken to the cleaners.

Mac Stevenson
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GMTrueg on September 18, 2011
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If you're reasonably proficient at English this book will drive you nuts. It's badly written--it doesn't seem to have been edited--it's enough to make you quit reading. Result: it doesn't help you learn about Facebook.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teresa A. Jarvis on October 15, 2011
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I bought the book too late..Facebook has changed its format !!
I also hate that this book has no coor photos like some books I have for other devices.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By carolk on May 9, 2011
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Facebook for dummies has all the answers to the questions I had in mind, when
I first started using Facebook, and many more for questions I still hadn't thought of.
Very well written and easy to follow; a great reference to make the best of facebook.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By pcarriesmith on January 31, 2011
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The "Facebook for Dummies" book is very useful to explain tools within Facebook that I have not used before. Recommended to get started or delve a little deeper into Facebook.
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