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Facebook and Twitter For Seniors For Dummies 1st Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0470637548
ISBN-10: 0470637544
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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470637544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470637548
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Well, I'm almost a "senior," whatever that means. This book was a great help. I'm still not sure how far into the world of Facebook I want to go but, at least now, I have a fighting chance of figuring it out and staying "safe."
I have only glimpsed the info about Twitter and I think that will be fun...occasionally.
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