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Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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“Randi has had a front row seat to the shift of a social culture. Dot Complicated offers insights to the way the world is changing and the tech sensibility you will need to navigate this new dynamic.” (Ashton Kutcher)
“With impeccable timing, Zuckerberg discusses the hot button issues of the moment and shows us how to use technology to bring positive change to the world. Dot Complicated is a great roadmap in navigating the evolving universe of social media.” (Ron Conway, Silicon Valley angel investor and philanthropist, secured early stage funds for Google, Ask Jeeves, Pinterest, Square, and Twitter)
“Dot Complicated is entertaining, insightful, and relevant. Randi Zuckerberg shows us how using technology and social media mindfully can help create lasting meaning in our lives.” (Jennifer Aaker, General Atlantic Professor of Marketing, Stanford University, and author of The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change)
“Randi Zuckerberg provides a valuable and much-needed guide to navigating the stormy seas of social and digital media. You couldn’t ask for a better guide than Randi who has been at the front line of social media from the start.” (Charlene Li, Founder of Altimeter Group, and author of New York Times bestseller Open Leadership)
“If you want an entertaining peek into the formative days at Facebook, start here. Randi candidly shares her personal story as an early employee, navigating the complicated space between her personal life and her public persona.” (Tina Seelig, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford School of Engineering, and executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and bestselling author of What I Wish I Knew Wh)
“Randi Zuckerburg eloquently captures the art of doing it all (including disconnecting) in the digital age. Before you send one more text, you MUST read this book. It’s high time to take charge of our technology devices before they take charge of us.” (Leslie Blodgett, Executive Chairman of Bare Escentuals and creator of bareMinerals)
From the Back Cover
From Randi Zuckerberg, social media and technology expert and former marketing executive at Facebook, comes a welcome, essential guide to understanding social media and technology and how they influence and inform our lives online and off.
Technology and social media have changed, enhanced, and complicated every facet of our lives—from how we interact with our friends to how we elect presidents, from how we manage our careers to how we support important causes, from how we find love to how we raise our children.
The technology revolution is not going away. We can't hide from it or pretend that it's not changing our lives in a thousand different ways. So how do we deal? In Dot Complicated, Randi Zuckerberg shows us. Through first hand accounts of her time at Facebook and beyond, where Zuckerberg witnessed this remarkable shift, she details the opportunities and obstacles, problems and solutions, to this new online reality. In the process, she establishes rules to bring some much-needed order and clarity to our connected, complicated, and constantly changing lives online. "The Internet, social networks, and smartphones," Zuckerberg writes, "have given us amazing new tools and ways of communicating, collaborating, and living with one another. We can use new technology to understand and solve some very old challenges that individuals and communities around the world have faced since long before Facebook, or anything like it, existed."
Invaluable, timely, and engaging, Dot Complicated reveals how to make it through your life online in one piece—from the etiquette of unfriending and the power of crowdsourcing to the perils of photo tags and the importance of teaching your kids how to be tech savvy.
Top Customer Reviews
Mark Zuckerberg's sister is an author and media mogul in her own right. This is her first adult book (she's also published a children's book called Dot). The introductory (and mostly autobiographical) part of Dot Complicated was a little bland (and sometimes melodramatic), but as Zuckerberg moves onto Internet etiquette and commentary on our digital age, the book picks up speed. It's easy to read and relevant to us all. Despite the fact that Zuckerberg repeats over and over again that this book is for US, it seems a little self-centered at times.
Zuckerberg's goal to help people utilize and take advantage of our new technologies is a noble one, but I feel like it's a little overblown: "When explained properly, in a relatable, approachable way, it [tech] can be amazing and life changing." It's almost as if 'tech' is a new religion, promising a new world of redemption and self-control. I don't believe teaching people about what NOT to post on Facebook is a major philanthropic effort. Nevertheless, the book is full of insightful anecdotes and lessons: "I reached a point when rather than owning a computer, a phone, and a tablet, those devices were owning me...I had forgotten how to just unplug and enjoy the company of those around me. I had forgotten how to be present in the moment."
Honestly, I haven't thought too much about online etiquette, whether I should be posting what I'm posting, or how what I post affects others. Perhaps I should.Read more ›
From my 30-years of computer application design of which I'm registered as a "Certified Computer Professional," many application today are poorly designed, which causes this expert as well as all the average laymen, much confusion as to what each of the application's functions are to accomplish. Facebook is one such application that started small and took off and now is constantly being changed ongoing (because they have an unexpected tiger by the tail.) What was true last year, is not the same today.
Personally I don't have time to parallel with their changes. I use many different applications and don't have the time to devote to Facebook. Technically, Facebook has rinky-dinky clicking methods as to how accomplish their functions. They, as well as other applications too, use gimmick terms as if we users should know exactly what they mean. Fine and dandy! Then they should include a "Terminology" portal for users to click on that describes what: time-line, poke, comments, etc, means. We should not have to guess what each term means.
In conclusion, as I read Dot Complicated, its more about Randi Zuckerman, who ends her book thanking virtually everyone in the world for her being. Is that not, "all about me?" Leonard Rattini, CCP
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"I have always been a go-getter." No, you haven't. First your parents got you into Harvard, then your brother (who was also backed by Daddy Zuck) got you a job, then you... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Adrienne Q
The author was very self-promoting. I had a hard time believing many of her stories happened exactly as she told themPublished 6 months ago by Bookbag1
gave it to daughter in law I am not sure she liked the hint but it was definitely neededPublished 15 months ago by kathij
With all of her family connections, I don't feel her dot life was very complicated compared to others starting out in this field. Read morePublished 17 months ago by classycarole
Randi Zuckerberg presents a compelling argument for getting offline, living our lives and giving the important people in our lives all of our attention. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Xkoqueen
was hoping for more insight on the develop aspect of facebook
why when I write a review it says I have to add more words. I don't want to! Read more
Wow. Yet another millennial ego trip with little of substance to it. Note to publishers: Please spare us any more of these.Published on June 19, 2014 by Librarian