Facebook: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) (English and English Edition)

Facebook’s spreading about as far and fast as the Web itself: 500 million members and counting. But there’s a world of fun packed into the site that most folks miss. With this bestselling guide, learn how to unlock Facebook’s talents as personal website creator, souped-up address book, and bustling community forum. It’s an eye-opening, timesaving tour, guaranteed to help you get the most out of your Facebook experience.

Coverage includes:

  • Get started, get connected. Signing up is easy, but the real payoff comes when you tap into networks of coworkers, classmates, and friends. Pick and choose who gets to see what, and learn how to steer clear of people you want to avoid.
  • Add applications. Transform your Facebook account into an addictive, one-stop resource with thousands of mini-programs, ranging from silly to serious.
  • Go professional. Facebook isn’t just for college kids. Thousands of companies and businesspeople use the site for everything from project collaboration and advertising to filling (and finding) jobs. You’ll learn all the tricks.
  • Protect your privacy. You may feel too exposed with so much personal info on display. This book features an easy-to-follow, multi-pronged approach to staying safe on Facebook.
What You’ll Find in the Book

Regardless of why you’re on Facebook (or thinking about registering), chances are you fall into at least one of the following categories: parent, student, or teacher.

If you’re a parent, ask your kid to friend you (Chapter 3) so you can see what she’s up to. Then tweak your settings (Chapter 5) to maximize the chance that if your daughter posts, say, a picture of herself at a concert that was held the night she was supposed to be home studying, you’ll hear about it.

You taught your kids how to use a fork, and you need to teach your children how to act online, too—because, statistically speaking, they don’t know. Studies show that most teens take what they read online at face value; don’t realize that people outside their circle of friends can see what they put on Facebook; and routinely post inappropriate info, such as their home addresses. And this kind of behavior can have serious consequences, from cyber-bullying and cyber-stalking to lowered grades and job prospects (teachers and recruiters know how to use Facebook, too—and what your child posts today will be archived forever). Just knowing you’re lurking in the Facebook shadows may be enough to keep your kid behaving appropriately.

If you’re a student, you need to know how to keep your private life private on Facebook. You absolutely, positively need to read Chapter 13 and work through your privacy settings one by one. After you’ve done that, amp up your privacy by:

  • Keeping it clean. Facebook archives everything you put on the site, so the stuff you intended as a joke could cause you a lot of grief in a few years when, say, you meet the love of your life—or the recruiter for your dream job.
  • Going easy on the pix. Don’t upload pictures that show you having more fun than you ought to have. Doesn’t matter if you yank ’em down after your pals get a look: The instant you upload a picture, Facebook owns it and some alert somebody could save a copy and email it to everyone in existence before you remove it.
  • Assuming your profs, parents, best friend, and worst enemy can see everything you post. There are a lot of ways people can get access to your Facebook account, so don’t assume that only your best buds can see what you do on the site—even if you tweaked your privacy settings, because those settings change over time and there’s always a hack.

If you’re a teacher, don’t bother trying to use Facebook to teach. No study yet has shown that the site can be used effectively in education—and anecdotal evidence suggests that it can’t. Students tend to think of Facebook as “their” place, not an exciting extension to the classroom, and there’s little (if anything) you can do on Facebook that you can’t accomplish behind a lectern.

However, if you’re having trouble contacting students via email or phone—to remind them of an assignment coming due, for example—try befriending them on Facebook, adding them to a Friend List (Chapter 3), and sending them Messages (Chapter 4). If your students are college age, you’ll likely get quicker responses that way.

While you’re on Facebook, take a few minutes to peruse the profiles of any students riding the line between grades. You may be surprised at how many students whose grandmothers’ sudden illnesses prevented them from taking your final somehow had time to post wild party photos from (one can only conclude) Grandma’s bedside.

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3 Responses to Facebook: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) (English and English Edition)

  1. Your map to the facebook universe There is no doubt that for many, the Internet is Facebook. it is here where we talk to friends, post images and videos, share our feelings, invite others to events, try to advance our causes and, if there isn’t anything better to do, poke each other. there are games, applications that can tell us what the next best book we should buy and ways to find our next date. the ecosystem is almost complete, and in such a vast place it is not always clear how things work.The third edition of the book brings a vast amount of information. as someone who lives within the Facebook ecosystem I found a few things I never did bother to learn myself – like how to set people as family members. there are tons of tips and tricks and tons of information in regard to the ever changing security settings Facebook give the users.The book is well written, but it is clear that the aim here is to help those who don’t understand the power that Facebook can give them. you will find there information that will help you decide if you need to open a profile or a page and how to go about and really enjoy everything Facebook offers to each type of account. the order of the information make sense and when I came to a section I didn’t care for, it was easy enough to move forward and find the next interesting bit.There should be no doubt – if you are a poweruser this book has nothing to offer you. if you are new to Facebook this book will help you a lot.

  2. Gadgester "No Time, No Money"

    Wordy and not easy to follow; like free marketing for FB I read this book (3rd edition) on Safari Books online for free, through a link from my local library. I wanted to read it because I had so much trouble understanding Facebook’s complicated interface. There are three big problems with this book: first, the writing is wordy and hard to follow, for instance it often says things like “click [a link] and look for [another link] on the page”; second, FB keeps changing its interface so by the time you read the book, some of the descriptions and screenshots are already obsolete; third, the whole book reads more or less like a marketing book for FB, treating everything on FB as the best thing in life (get a life, girl!), and, given how FB is a treasure trove for identity thieves (and they’ve been hacked several times), the book doesn’t discuss privacy until chapter 13, the next to last chapter, and early on it fails to warn the reader adequately about how FB by default makes most of the profile info viewable by the public. I learned little from this book and ended up using FB’s help pages, so it’s good I didn’t pay for the book. If you are young, I think it’s probably still easy to learn the ropes by poking around FB’s site. If you are old like me, first pray FB will stop modifying their interface every week, second you can probably just ask some youngster to teach you – much more effective than reading this book (or probably any book on FB).

  3. Darwin's Bulldog

    A clear intro to Facebook I created a facebook account 7 years ago. Started adding info, but stopped when my two children told me in no uncertain terms that they would not friend me under any circumstances. They were at, or off to, college, I thought this would be a good way to see how they were getting along. Apparently this was serious No-No…They have graduated now, and resurecting my account is now permitted. (Not sure which of us ‘matured’ over those year.) But the current facebook is quite a bit different and to me not at all obvious.This book is a very clear intro to facebook, is easy to read, and provides definite things to do, and things not to do. It is a touch wordy, but just a touch. I’ve read a number of books in the ‘Missing Manual’ series from Pogue / O’Reilly and all have been useful.The good Amazon price makes it a worthwile expenditure that will save you a lot of time.

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