- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,358,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 CreativePro.com. 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 www.ocelotfactory.com.
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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.
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. There are sections on publishing text, photos, and videos and adding on third-party applications of all types-for communication, purchasing gifts and other items on the site, and just plain silliness.
A whole chapter is devoted to important privacy and security settings and behaviors. Facebook facilitates the disclosure of personal information which can have both good and bad consequences. Awl helps the reader understand how to deal with each. Some Facebook fans who are shut out of Facebook at work by overzealous employers will learn a handful of workarounds to maintain their Facebook presence, regardless. The final chapter shows how to integrate Facebook with mobile communication devices so as to never be away from interacting with Facebook friends.
All this personal information sharing may not sound worthwhile for some people, but the author describes how he overcame his own skepticism to become an advocate for the program, while carefully learning how to set limits on his personal disclosures.
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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