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Facebook Me! A Guide to Having Fun with Your Friends and Promoting Your Projects on Facebook 1st Edition

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“No better Virgil than Dave Awl when it comes to orienting the uninitiated to this strange and many-circled world of Facebook.”
—Ayun Halliday, author of No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late

About the Author

Dave Awl is a Chicago-based writer, performer, and Facebook aficionado who is a contributor to The Adobe Illustrator Wow! Book from Peachpit Press and has written about LinkedIn for An alumnus of Chicago's popular Neo-Futurists theater company, Dave has appeared on NPR's This American Life, and has published a collection of poems and monologues called What the Sea Means. His Web site is at


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (February 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032159195X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321591951
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,929,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Awl is a Chicago-based writer and performer. As a tech writer and social media aficionado, he's the author of Facebook Me! A Guide to Having Fun with Your Friends and Promoting Your Projects on Facebook and a regular contributor to The Adobe Illustrator Wow! Book (both from Peachpit Press), and has written about LinkedIn for

As a Chicago-based poet, playwright, and fringe theater performer, Dave is an alumnus of Chicago's popular Neo-Futurists theater company, and has appeared on NPR's This American Life. His scripts have been included in three book collections of material from the long-running original show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, and his work has been performed in high school, college, and regional theater productions across the country. He was the editor for the most recent book collection of Neo-Futurist scripts, entitled 200 More Neo-Futurist Plays.

In 2002, a book collection of Dave's writing was published under the title What the Sea Means: Poems, Stories & Monologues, 1987-2002 (Hope and Nonthings Publishing).

Dave's poetry and short fiction have been published in After Hours magazine, Milk Magazine, and Blithe House Quarterly. In addition to his work with the Neo-Futurists, he founded the Pansy Kings performance series, has performed with Theater Oobleck and Tellin' Tales Theater, and currently hosts a cabaret variety show called The Partly Dave Show.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John A. Suda VINE VOICE on March 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Facebook social activity site has become a global phenomenon and continues to grow and add new members. It appeals to millions of users attracted to the idea of connecting with friends, neighbors, affinity groups, and even strangers using the myriad tools the Facebook web application provides.

The Facebook interface, however, is a bit clunky and confusing, and the configuration settings complicated enough (especially in the privacy set settings) that a manual like Facebook Me! is needed and helpful. Author, Dave Awl, has created a nice primer on Facebook that will help make it easy for anyone to set up and use an account, configure it to their needs, learn the tools, and make the best use of Facebook for their social purposes.

The book is an easy read and well laid out . It has plenty of easy-to-follow illustrations and instructions. It is geared for beginners and the casual computer user. It is loaded with Tips, Notes and Warnings about Facebook settings and use. Awl includes a large handful of special sections on Facebook norms - etiquette, the politics of "friending," discretion with privacy settings, using photo and video promotions, and more - which help new users especially, from getting into trouble with their friends, families, employers, and Facebook administrators.

There are 13 chapters comprehensively covering nearly everything one would want to know about Facebook. The early chapters cover the basics of setting up an account and a profile. The middle chapters detail how to make "friends, set up or join groups and networks, and how to use Facebook in promoting a business or an organization.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2009
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In its own way, this is a remarkable little book. It is a guide to the everyday use of Facebook. It is neither too broadly focused nor too narrowly. It doesn't delve into areas that the typical Facebook user will never use. It doesn't, as some book on Facebook do, spend endless and needless time on privacy settings. They're covered, but not obsessed over.

And "Fscebook Me!" has some surprises: information that you're not likely to see elsewhere. I've read a bunch of book about Facebook lately in a kind of crash course of my own making and was truly surprised to learn things in "Facebook Me!" that I hadn't seen elsewhere.

Chapter 5, entitled "Wall, Status and News Feeds" is an eye-opener and, frankly, worth the price of the book.

David Awl has done a fine job of ferreting out the "secrets", if you will, of Facebook. There are a lot of tips and tricks to be found, nearly all of them useful.

This is far mote than a basic introduction to Facebook: it is truly a user's manual and a reference. (By the way, the book is so new that it covers the recently revamped Facebook interface. Nice.) I should add that the book is very well illustrated.

I can't overstress how thoroughly Awl has covered the use of Facebook. It is a very impressive effort - and extremely useful if you want to get the most out of Facebook. I learned a lot from this book that isn't apparent from the Facebook interface.

Definitely a keeper.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mystery_aficionado on February 26, 2009
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In a word, this book is outstanding.

This is not a book about facebook, it is a book about how to get personal value out of facebook -- an important distinction. Dave Awl begins by explaining that he is a very unlikely author for such a volume -- having been dragged into the facebook world by some old friends. He soon discovered that facebook enabled him to connect with old friends, express his creativity, and participate in a vibrant online community.

The book is written for the novice and expert alike. Writing is informative, engaging, and unexpectedly funny throughout. Graphics are abundant -- those who prefer to skim could probably learn alot just by reviewing the screenshots and captions. Of particular interest is that Dave helps navigate not only the pages of facebook, but the culture of facebook, including how to handle unwanted friend requests, how to guard your privacy, and how to manage the flow of information you get in your friend's newfeeds.

This is one of the rare technology books that I believe will be enjoyed equally by those who thrive on the online experience as well as those who have some fear of it.

Great job, Mr. Awl! Now if you can just write a book about some of the other sites I use...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Beck on July 13, 2009
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This book provides the ideal balance between introduction to the Facebook application and reference manual for the more experienced user. The first few chapters will prove a bit superfluous to all but the greenest of newbies. After that, you can count on some pretty solid information on using Facebook to enhance your online social communications leveraging the breadth of Facebook's communication features. Several elements of the book appealed to me particularly:

* Very visual and, for the most part (ca. July 2009), up-to-date with respect to the latest enhancements to the Facebook user interface
* Offers pragmatic advice on using Facebook features without overhyping features such as messaging, where there are clearly other capable tools.
* Provides a balanced view of Facebook's features and alternatives for integrating other alternative mechanisms in with Facebook to augment the out-of-the-box offering.

I can't emphasize the importance of the last two points to my assessment of the book. It showed me how to integrate other Web 2.0 technologies that I'm very happy with, e.g. FlickR for photos and Twitter for status updates, into Facebook. This integration allows me to enjoy what I believe to be the best of what Facebook has to offer (a huge social network of people you already know) with dramatically more sophisticated, open, and evolved media and messaging capabilities of other platforms.

For the new to intermediate Facebook user, this may be the only book they'll ever need. More dedicated and fanatical Facebook users might find that this book doesn't go deep enough. I find myself somewhere in between. I've caught on to Facebook pretty quickly but I still don't plan on using the majority of features outlined in this book. That's why the book is a solid 4 starts for me. Were I a bit more into Facebook and a bit less into other Web 2.0 technologies, I could see this being a 4.5 or 5 start book.
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