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Facebook and Twitter For Seniors For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Marsha Collier
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A fun and easy social media guide for the over-55 set

People over 55 were the fastest-growing user group on Facebook in the first half of 2009, and they’re flocking to Twitter at a faster rate than their under-20 grandchildren. From basic information about establishing an Internet connection to rediscovering old friends, sharing messages and photos, and keeping in touch instantly with Twitter, this book by online expert Marsha Collier helps seniors jump right into social media.

  • Seniors are recognizing the communication possibilities of Facebook and Twitter and are signing up in record numbers
  • This plain-English guide explains how to get online, set up a Facebook profile, locate friends, post public and private messages, share photos, create events, follow local businesses and friends on Twitter, create a blog, play games, and more
  • Marsha Collier explains every step with the same friendly, comfortable style that has made her eBay For Dummies books bestsellers

Facebook & Twitter For Seniors For Dummies supplies everything seniors need to function confidently on these two social media platforms.

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From the Back Cover

Get steps and advice for connecting with friends on Facebook and Twitter!

So you've decided to find out why all the world seems to be into social networking? That's great! Let this book be your guide to setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts, catching up with old friends and making new ones, communicating with the grandkids, avoiding shady characters, foiling identity thieves, and maximizing your online experience!

  • If you're starting from scratch — get advice on buying a computer, setting up Internet access, and establishing an e-mail account in Part 1

  • Face the world on Facebook — create your account and profile, upload your photo, set privacy controls, and explore your home page

  • Reach out and find someone — learn how to search for friends, send friend requests, chat, and retrieve private messages

  • Fun and games — join groups, play games, and create events

  • All a-Twitter — set up a Twitter account, learn the shorthand, find people you want to follow, use hashtags, and create lists

  • Intermediate social networking — find places to share photos and videos, read movie and restaurant reviews, and contribute your opinions

  • Venture into the blogosphere — try your hand at blogging

Open the book and find:

  • How to find your friends and family on Facebook

  • Suggestions on how to build your Facebook profile

  • Facebook privacy tweaks so only your friends can see your profile

  • How to post photos and send private messages on Facebook

  • Tips for condensing your thoughts to 140 characters for Twitter

  • Sites that review restaurants, rate hotels, and recommend music

  • Where to get Web-based e-mail for your social networking

Learn to:

  • Get a Web-based e-mail account and sign up on Facebook

  • Update your Facebook profile, find friends, share photos, and post messages

  • Share quick thoughts with your friends using Twitter

  • Find the best sites for dining, travel, and music recommendations

About the Author

Marsha Collier is well known for her many books on eBay and eBay businesses, which have sold more than a million copies. Recognizing the power of social media, Marsha has expanded her scope, and was recently named a NOW Award All-Star by the Twitter-focused 140 Characters Conference.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8085 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041D8VHQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Guide September 16, 2010
I consider myself to be well versed in Facebook and Twitter and the etiquette for both. What I am not capable of is explaining it to my parents. I got this book today, and it's the perfect tool to introduce seniors to the social web (sorry mom).

The chapters are well laid out, with great examples of lingo that I (as a heavy social media user) take for granted.

If your mom doesn't know a DM from a status update, just buy her this book. It's really terrific. Also, Marsha mentions that as we age we are less mobile. This could be very liberating for someone who can't get out as much as they'd like to.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not good enough March 1, 2012
By Howes
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This book (Facebook and Twitter for Seniors ...) is good as an overview. The subject has changed so much since this book was written that it is almost out of date already. It has helped me somewhat though not as much as I had hoped it would.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for All Ages November 14, 2010
This simple to understand in-depth guide by Marsha Collier is your must-have resource for all ages. From the fact filled tables and graphs and how to buy computer supplies, to how to easily join the social networking site of your choice, this book covers it all. Get your post-its out and mark your favorite pages.

From Twitter hashtags to crowd sourcing, you'll learn some of the meanings of the acronyms you may have heard of beyond the World Wide Web. Now that I've finished reading it, I'm giving it to my parents who will no longer have an excuse as to why they can't join in on the social media fun.

~Julie Spira, author ofThe Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars facebook & twitter for seniors for dummies October 13, 2012
By Salvo11
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Book did not meet my expectations. Outdated material. This book is from the year 2010. My experience with this item:most of the material included in the book I'd already knew, therefore I wasn't pleased with book. I thought the material in the book would be recent and up to date.
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I guess I need Facebook 4 Dummies part 6. December 22, 2010
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I read the introduction and believed it. Quickly I came up with a question. I had to search the FaceBook site in the photo area for an hour to finally find the answer on my own. There are lots of questions to be answered but none of MINE are answered in this "learning lite" book -- p.s. I was born in 1944. What was I thinking? Oh, right, my bad, I THINK. The author gives out several email addresses et al. But then she says don't expect an answer. All I want is my money back or the hour I wasted. At my age I would prefer the hour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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After reading some of the reviews, I almost did not purchase this book, however, I considered the probability that almost anyone would be computer savvy,compared to me, so I got it.
This has been a lifesaver, well, almost lterally, as it has allowed me to maintain some semblance of sanity!

Friends gave me their barely used, 7 year old computer. It has Windows Vista, and I was absoluely lost.

Even the built in helps were not of much help as I am extremely technicaly challenged.

With the book, i can go somewhere quiet, with my (paper) notebook, pencil and study, actually absorbing some of what my 65 year old eyes are reading!

I'm glad there is still a place one can buy a book for an OS that has been around for awhile, at a reasonable price, one that was as described.
It may not be what a more experienced computer person would ned, in fact, I can see how it woud not, but for my needs, at this time, it will suffice! Great buy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth the Money March 23, 2013
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Very poor only covered the basic creation of facebook, Did not cover details on chatting, fitting a cover photo and other issues. To print a book it should cover EVERYTHING.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seniors - Very helpful with email basics and Facebook December 7, 2012
Unlike the other excellent Dummies books written for seniors by Nancy Muir such as iPad For Seniors For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)), this effort by another author is trying to straddle two audiences, tech challenged Seniors as well as middle age folks with some experience with technology.

The first section explains computer and email basics well. Access to email is critical to housebound seniors as well as the disabled. I have seen ihn mu own extended family the joy experienced by seniors in sharing jokes, comments, and birthday greetings. One of my graduate theses dealt with the positive impact of email access on depression among the old and disabled. This first section alone would be enough for many seniors. This chapter sets he groundwork for the introduction to Facebook in the next section.

The Face book section moves a little quickly for a beginner, but will get the uninitiated online and up and running. Unfortunately the data mining aspects of Facebook have led many seniors to distrust placing personal information and photos online. I would have preferred a section dealing with Skype in depth, as many use this to connect with children and grandchildren.

The Twitter section was interesting to me, as I don't use twitter, nor do I think that most seniors would be comfortable with it....but that's just me. To move from no knowledge in Section 1 to Social Networking in Section 4 is quite a leap, and it appears that the author is aiming to be useful to a very broad audience, not just seniors. Still, if you are an uninformed senior re technology, this is a good place to get an overview.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Published 8 days ago by Leonard Natural
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your $$$$
Not very straight forward, still scratching my head core the title for this book. The author has more references for twitter and you have to dig for info on face book. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Phunnyphella
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what i needed
Though i am not a dummy i had no clue what my grandchildren were twittering or posting. Now i have a solid reference book. Ultimately it isn't all that complicated. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judith Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Like most seniors, I never had much interest in this activity -- too much like playing. This book did convenience me that I had better things to do. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William P Saffeels
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
Book was helpful with learning how to use & get comfortable navigating in Facebook & Twitter. Easy to use & understand.
Published 3 months ago by Phoebe Devine
3.0 out of 5 stars Up to date?
Instructions followed in some areas did not have desired results. I will continue reading and homefully gain more understanding of
the procedures.
Published 4 months ago by Gerald L. Morgan
3.0 out of 5 stars Facebook & Twitter for Seniors for Dummies
Printing of examples was so SMALL and so LIGHT in ink color very hard to read. I'm 62 and can read most things without difficulty. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rhonda Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information to see if you want to do Facebook or Twitter
lots of good information about face book, which i am already on, and Twitter, which i am not sure i want to go on. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bill Coleman
3.0 out of 5 stars Reference Book
It's okay as a reference book but not as user friendly as I had hoped. Could be I need a book for "super" dummies!
Published 8 months ago by B. Newman
2.0 out of 5 stars PC user
This volume is not as helpful as it could be and lacks many important clues as to how better use both programs..
Published 10 months ago by Robert Klima
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More About the Author

In 1998 Marsha created the first edition of eBay For Dummies, then, followed up the success of the first book with a second book targeting individuals interested in making e-commerce their full time profession, Starting an eBay Business For Dummies. That book became an instant nationwide hit, making several notable Best Seller lists. Since then, Marsha has updated each of her books and published many more.

Marsha Collier's name crops up a lot in the same breath as e-commerce and customer service. No surprise there. She's the author of eBay For Dummies, eBay Business All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies plus many other related, best-selling titles. She's sold over a million books and been on the Business Week Best Seller list and has published more than 35 books in the Wiley "For Dummies" series. (List of books in print below).

Her latest books, 'Social Media Commerce For Dummies' and 'The Ultimate Online Customer Service Guide: How to Connect with your Customers to Sell More' gives businesses insight into how to use Social Media to build customer relations and bottom line.

Her e-commerce advice has appeared in publications such as Martha Stewart Living and Reader's Digest, and don't be surprised if you've seen her on television - as a guest on The View or the Today Show and in her own PBS special, Making Your Fortune Online.

She is a popular keynote speaker, inspiring online sellers to success, the lead instructor at eBay University, speaks at conferences worldwide, and runs a successful online business - so is she an internet fanatic? Well, let's just say she's on a mission: educating current and future online sellers.

Very active in social media, Marsha uses her years of experience to instruct online citizens on selling and marketing. She was named one of the top twenty iCitizens by Kelly Mooney in her book, "The Open Brand." She is also listed in:

Forbes Top 10 Women Social Media Influencers
Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers
30 Best Female Bloggers
Small Business Book Awards: Startup Book Category, Starting an eBay Business For Dummies
The 100 Most Powerful Women On Twitter
PeerIndex #1 Customer Experience Online Influencers
Top 25 Most Influential in Customer Service: MindTouch
140 Characters Conference 2009 NOW Award Winner
One of Top 10 LA Tech & Twitter Voices in the Los Angeles Tech Scene by Ranker

Marsha currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. She can be reached via her Web site,

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