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E. A. Vander Veer
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March 11, 2011 1449397417 978-1449397418 Third Edition

Facebook's spreading about as far and fast as the Web itself: 500 million members and counting. But there's a world of fun packed into the site that most folks miss. With this bestselling guide, learn how to unlock Facebook's talents as personal website creator, souped-up address book, and bustling community forum. It's an eye-opening, timesaving tour, guaranteed to help you get the most out of your Facebook experience.

Coverage includes:

  • Get started, get connected. Signing up is easy, but the real payoff comes when you tap into networks of coworkers, classmates, and friends. Pick and choose who gets to see what, and learn how to steer clear of people you want to avoid.
  • Add applications. Transform your Facebook account into an addictive, one-stop resource with thousands of mini-programs, ranging from silly to serious.
  • Go professional. Facebook isn’t just for college kids. Thousands of companies and businesspeople use the site for everything from project collaboration and advertising to filling (and finding) jobs. You’ll learn all the tricks.
  • Protect your privacy. You may feel too exposed with so much personal info on display. This book features an easy-to-follow, multi-pronged approach to staying safe on Facebook.
What You'll Find in the Book

Regardless of why you’re on Facebook (or thinking about registering), chances are you fall into at least one of the following categories: parent, student, or teacher.

If you’re a parent, ask your kid to friend you (Chapter 3) so you can see what she’s up to. Then tweak your settings (Chapter 5) to maximize the chance that if your daughter posts, say, a picture of herself at a concert that was held the night she was supposed to be home studying, you’ll hear about it.

You taught your kids how to use a fork, and you need to teach your children how to act online, too—because, statistically speaking, they don’t know. Studies show that most teens take what they read online at face value; don’t realize that people outside their circle of friends can see what they put on Facebook; and routinely post inappropriate info, such as their home addresses. And this kind of behavior can have serious consequences, from cyber-bullying and cyber-stalking to lowered grades and job prospects (teachers and recruiters know how to use Facebook, too—and what your child posts today will be archived forever). Just knowing you’re lurking in the Facebook shadows may be enough to keep your kid behaving appropriately.

If you’re a student, you need to know how to keep your private life private on Facebook. You absolutely, positively need to read Chapter 13 and work through your privacy settings one by one. After you’ve done that, amp up your privacy by:

  • Keeping it clean. Facebook archives everything you put on the site, so the stuff you intended as a joke could cause you a lot of grief in a few years when, say, you meet the love of your life—or the recruiter for your dream job.

  • Going easy on the pix. Don’t upload pictures that show you having more fun than you ought to have. Doesn’t matter if you yank ’em down after your pals get a look: The instant you upload a picture, Facebook owns it and some alert somebody could save a copy and email it to everyone in existence before you remove it.

  • Assuming your profs, parents, best friend, and worst enemy can see everything you post. There are a lot of ways people can get access to your Facebook account, so don’t assume that only your best buds can see what you do on the site—even if you tweaked your privacy settings, because those settings change over time and there’s always a hack.

If you’re a teacher, don’t bother trying to use Facebook to teach. No study yet has shown that the site can be used effectively in education—and anecdotal evidence suggests that it can’t. Students tend to think of Facebook as “their” place, not an exciting extension to the classroom, and there’s little (if anything) you can do on Facebook that you can’t accomplish behind a lectern.

However, if you’re having trouble contacting students via email or phone—to remind them of an assignment coming due, for example—try befriending them on Facebook, adding them to a Friend List (Chapter 3), and sending them Messages (Chapter 4). If your students are college age, you’ll likely get quicker responses that way.

While you’re on Facebook, take a few minutes to peruse the profiles of any students riding the line between grades. You may be surprised at how many students whose grandmothers’ sudden illnesses prevented them from taking your final somehow had time to post wild party photos from (one can only conclude) Grandma’s bedside.

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About the Author

E.A. Vander Veer has authored or edited more than 15 computer books, covering everything from Excel basics to JavaScript and XML. Her work has appeared in dozens of online and print publications, including Byte, The Writer, Salon, and CNN.com.

Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manuals
  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Third Edition edition (March 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449397417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449397418
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little primer for Facebook fans February 12, 2008
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, lacking some information August 13, 2008
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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Your map to the facebook universe April 21, 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another execellent manual from Missing Manual
Great detail, always good content from the missing manual series. Kindel HD missing Manual was very helpful. Just previewed the Missing Manual for Office, excellent.
Published 1 month ago by Donald Ludlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Excellent, except I hate having to type the extra words just to submit this stupid post. You need to change that.
Published 4 months ago by Ronnie Jensen
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing I could use.
The book was well put together, but what does that tell me. It is a mini textbook. It was not what I was looking for, so I gave it two stars just for the work these authors put... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jimmy Porter
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of great information
This was the guide for me. I found plenty of the information I was missing. Easy to follow and great tips
Published 12 months ago by Sabu
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone who uses FB should have one!
I sent three more copies to my daughters and a BFF in Arizona! Really love having it here in the house!
Published 14 months ago by LTC. Sam H. Asbury, III
1.0 out of 5 stars Information doesn't match current Facebook interface
I've purchased this ebook to start using Facebook for the first time. I am not finding the correct information on Facebook's site corresponding to the ebook. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Janny
4.0 out of 5 stars like it
We'll recommend to anyone that is not so much into technology and we'll like to keep up with Social Media

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Published 16 months ago by Kiddy
5.0 out of 5 stars great
fantastic item shipped as requested, great! I'm very pleased have a wonderful blessed day John 3:17 filled with lots of smiles :D
Published 17 months ago by Linda Nance
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good manual but could have been better.
I got this book because I hadn't joined Facebook at the time and wanted to read about it before I joined. Having got the book I didn't join, and so the book became outdated. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ninjaba
1.0 out of 5 stars Facebook, The Missing Manual
I would say that it is the missing manual. Maybe, it should stay missing because it is not a very good book and a wastes of money.
Published 18 months ago by Louise A. Ravert
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