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Facebook: The Missing Manual

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A nice book that fills in the blanks

I had just started to explore using my own Facebook account, when I decided it would be a good idea to have a Facebook "fan page" for my office at the college I work at. So, while out at the local B&N, I thought the Facebook: The Missing Manual would help clue me into ...
I had just started to explore using my own Facebook account, when I decided it would be a good idea to have a Facebook "fan page" for my office at the college I work at. So, while out at the local B&N, I thought the Facebook: The Missing Manual would help clue me into how to best utilize the FB website for use with my office, and also help me better use FB for my own use. The book helped for both cases.

The book was a good bridge to understanding how Facebook could be utilized for personal and professional uses. And, without having to explore other websites and "help" menus on FB, the book helped to explain the basics and advanced uses of FB.

Although the book didn't delve into many topics related to "fan" pages, the overall layout of the book and information was useful to figuring out the basics to FaceBook. For those of us in our 40s and beyond, the book is a great bargain and a treasure trove of information to understanding one of the most important social media sites of the 21st century (at least as of 2010, that is).

A nice "starter" book to read about Facebook, although technical issues are probably better hashed out in larger (i.e., more expensive) books, I would certainly recommend the "Missing Manual" book on FB, and many of their other titles. O'reilly overall has a nice little series of books for a plethora of computer and Internet-related topics, and the books are great to for those looking to get an understanding of many "scary" or "alien" tech-related topics.

posted by UncleDennis on March 2, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I don't get it

I got this from the library (thank goodness). I'm not a big Facebook fan, but the rest of my family is on board, so I'm trying to play. This book did NOT help me. It says "go to this place, click on that link" -- if I can find the place, I can't find the link. I'll cont...
I got this from the library (thank goodness). I'm not a big Facebook fan, but the rest of my family is on board, so I'm trying to play. This book did NOT help me. It says "go to this place, click on that link" -- if I can find the place, I can't find the link. I'll continue to muddle along. I prefer software that is clear enough it doesn't require a "missing" manual.

posted by JustMeToo on March 10, 2010

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    Looking forward to the next edition

    A friend learned that I'd just joined Facebook and loaned me this book. Of course, within a week of my joining, some aspects of Facebook had changed. And today, as I write this review, I find my home page and profile look completely different. So, did the book help me?

    I guess what I'd really like is an online Facebook manual-one that updates every time they update the site. But this book has a second edition coming out in March 2010, so maybe that would solve my problems.

    As a Facebook newbie, I simply inserted information into my profile, responded to other people's "stuff" that appeared in my "feed," and wondered how anyone wrote all those articles since all I could see was a status bar rather like Twitter's, or Gather's, or any other ning's.

    My usual technique with any kind of software is get comfortable with doing very little then slowly start pushing buttons. The Missing Manual was valuable to me in that it suggested what sort of things I should be able to do, thus encouraging me to click those strange words with a little more confidence that they might do what I wanted.

    "Note." That's like a "post," or "article." Okay. That makes sense. And maybe there really is a way to link Facebook to my blog so I don't have to write the same post twice. (Three times if I want to post it on Gather too, but I usually don't.) The Missing Manual didn't give me the right instructions, but it pointed me in the right directions to succeed.

    I found Facebook networks after reading the first few chapters, but I couldn't find my local network no matter how hard I tried. Maybe they don't have them anymore, or maybe I'll find them soon just like I found groups, which seemed more useful, maybe. And I almost learned the meaning of pages, even creating my own one to advertize my books. One day I'll figure out how to make it look more professional, and I'll probably use the Missing Manual to help me guess what's possible.

    I'm glad I read the manual. I think it's helped me get further, faster, though I still have a long way to go. Facebook's fun, and my friend assures me it's helped her friend to sell her stuff. Anything that helps me sell.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Middle of the road

    A book that was a little bit too detailed for me, but will definitly be useful for more technical people.

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