For those who know me (and a great many who don't), I have been a social media strategist and SM management operator since about 1998. Yes, this is when what we now call "social media" began to take hold for the general public (i.e., MS, Yahoo, Aol and more, "groups" & "chat-rooms" were where people gathered on the web). And of course the rise of the Ryze network, the first "real" social mediasite on the web. So, upon receiving my (2) copies of Greta's book, I was very curious, as literally hundreds of books have been written about social media and social media websites and wikis. My curiosity has been rewarded. It's actually an entertaining path to learning many basics (and some in-depth knowledge) about social media websites and wikis in general. I rarely write book reviews, but this one calls for my attention.
Ms. Van Susteren has done a commendable job of gathering and reporting information that YOU may need to know to help you 1) decide which platforms may be your best use of time, 2) drill-down on specifics and 3) make it easy to absorb helpful tidbits (Greta Gram's, they're called).
Of course, by the time this book hit the presses, there were changes to the social mediasites that are covered in the book. Example - "Nov 7, 2017 - Twitter’s trial of a 280-character tweet limit was universally expanded."
HOWEVER, no changes should preclude purchasing this volume. It's a great source of easy to understand instructions and tidbits that really can help many people gain the knowledge they need to be proficient in the web's social media maze. No book can impart common sense, but I believe that this book does help people see what may be acceptable and not acceptable behavior in the social media settings of web platforms. I will update this review in a few days with a final review, as I have a few chapters to go. Heh. For now, 5 stars and I really do not see that THAT part will change. ;)
For someone who is on social media everyday, I thought I was quite well versed on the topic, but after reading Greta’s book, I realized I knew very little. I primarily use Twitter as I love the fast paced social media environment, but also use Facebook and Instagram to keep in touch with family and friends. She covers all three (and other Social Mediasites) in detail, from how to get started, setting up your privacy settings, to the nitty gritty of how to maneuver around each site. This was extremely helpful. I love the GretaGrams that provide great tidbits of information. An easy read and a worthwhile book that I highly recommend.