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Facebook's popularity is skyrocketing, drawing more than 400 million people to this combination online village green, personal website creator, and souped-up address book. But one thing you won't get when signing up is a printed manual. Enter Facebook: The Missing Manual, Second Edition — the witty, authoritative guide you need, now revised and updated to include all of Facebook's latest features.

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Overview

Facebook's popularity is skyrocketing, drawing more than 400 million people to this combination online village green, personal website creator, and souped-up address book. But one thing you won't get when signing up is a printed manual. Enter Facebook: The Missing Manual, Second Edition — the witty, authoritative guide you need, now revised and updated to include all of Facebook's latest features.

Coverage includes:

  • Getting started, getting connected. Signing up is easy, but the real payoff comes when you tap into networks of coworkers, classmates, and friends. This book explains it all-including how to pick and choose who gets to see what, and how to steer clear of people you want to avoid.
  • Adding applications. Ranging from silly (fortune cookies and video games) to serious (goal tracking), thousands of mini-programs can transform your Facebook account into an addictive, one-stop resource. Learn how to find and install your favorites.
  • Facebook for grownups and businesspeople. Facebook isn't just for Junior anymore. Thousands of companies and business professionals use the site for everything from project collaboration and advertising to filling (and finding) jobs. This book is written for adults of all ages.
  • Protecting your privacy. Creeps are everywhere online, but on Facebook you can feel especially exposed with so much personal info on display. This book offers an easy-to-follow, multi-pronged approach to staying safe.
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Editorial Reviews

Jeff Myers
Facebook [The Missing Manual] is relatively short at 268 pages, but contains a great deal of valuable information for new or confused users. The book is formatted to be user friendly with lots of graphics from the Facebook interface nested in large areas of white space and easily read text...If you're interested in getting the most out of Facebook, I highly recommend Facebook: The Missing Manual; otherwise, you may continue to send me virtual gifts while I ignore your pokes.

— Jeff Myers,

Shannon Hendrickson
For those seeking to become part of the growing Facebook online community, Vander Veer (whose many computer books include PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual and JavaScript for Dummies) explains how to move into the neighborhood and send messages to other Facebook "friends" for social networking and marketplace purposes. She also covers protecting privacy. Further resources, including using Facebook's help section, are appended.

— Shannon Hendrickson,

Graham K. Rogers
One of the beauties of the Missing Manuals is that there is always something new to discover and the research is quite thorough...I kept finding snippets of information, in the way of Tips or Notes, that would give just that bit extra.

— Graham K. Rogers,

From the Publisher
For those seeking to become part of the growing Facebook online community, Vander Veer (whose many computer books include PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual and JavaScript for Dummies) explains how to move into the neighborhood and send messages to other Facebook "friends" for social networking and marketplace purposes. She also covers protecting privacy. Further resources, including using Facebook's help section, are appended.

— Shannon Hendrickson,

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449380144
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/26/2010
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 257
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

E. A. Vander Veer has authored or edited more than a dozen books to date, including "PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual" and "PowerPoint 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual." Her work has appeared in dozens of on and offline publications, including "Byte," "The Writer," "Salon.com," and "CNN.com."

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits; About the Author; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgements; The Missing Manual Series; Chapter 1: Introduction; 1.1 How Facebook Works; 1.2 What You Can Do on Facebook; 1.3 About This Book; 1.4 Safari® Books Online; Chapter 2: Getting Started; 2.1 Signing Up for an Account; 2.2 Step 1: Finding Your Friends on Facebook; 2.3 Step 2: Creating Your Profile; 2.4 Step 3: Adding a Picture of Yourself; 2.5 Confirming Your Facebook Registration; 2.6 Viewing Your Profile; 2.7 Viewing Your Facebook Home Page; 2.8 Changing Account Info; Chapter 3: Joining a Network; 3.1 How Networks Work; 3.2 Viewing the Networks You’re Already On; 3.3 Joining a Network; 3.4 Leaving a Network; 3.5 Suggesting a New Network; Chapter 4: Finding and Adding Friends; 4.1 How Facebook Friends Work; 4.2 Finding Friends; 4.3 Inviting People to Be Your Friend; 4.4 Responding to Friend Requests; 4.5 Viewing Your Friends; 4.6 Organizing Your Friends; 4.7 Breaking Up: Unfriending Friends; Chapter 5: Sending Messages to Friends; 5.1 Sending Messages; 5.2 Receiving Messages; 5.3 Chatting; 5.4 Poking; 5.5 Writing on Walls; Chapter 6: Exchanging Automatic Updates; 6.1 Types of Updates; 6.2 News Feeds: What Others Are Doing; 6.3 Mini Feeds: What You’re Doing; 6.4 Facebook Notifications; 6.5 Subscriptions; 6.6 Creating Notes (Blogs); Chapter 7: Participating in Groups; 7.1 What’s a Group?; 7.2 Joining a New Group; 7.3 Participating in New Groups; 7.4 Creating a New Group; 7.5 Finding, Joining, and Participating in Old Groups; Chapter 8: Facebook and the Real World: In-Person Events; 8.1 Types of Events; 8.2 Finding Public Events; 8.3 RSVPing to an Event; 8.4 Creating Your Own Events; Chapter 9: Going Shopping; 9.1 The Marketplace Application; 9.2 Finding and Viewing Marketplace; 9.3 Placing an Ad; 9.4 Finding Stuff; 9.5 Answering an Ad; Chapter 10: Hiring and Getting Hired; 10.1 Recruiting New Hires; 10.2 Vetting Prospects; 10.3 Looking for a Job; Chapter 11: Collaborating on Projects via Facebook; 11.1 Keeping in Touch; 11.2 Exchanging Files; 11.3 Keeping Up-to-Date with Notifications; Chapter 12: Advertising on Facebook; 12.1 Facebook Pages: Profiles for Bands, Brands, and More; 12.2 Social Ads (Targeted Announcements); 12.3 Connect Facebook to Your Website with Widgets; 12.4 High-Dollar Options; Chapter 13: Customizing Facebook and Adding Apps; 13.1 Modifying Your Home Page and Profile; 13.2 Facebook Applications: An Overview; 13.3 Facebook Games; Chapter 14: Playing It Safe: Facebook Privacy; 14.1 Privacy and Facebook: An Overview; 14.2 Deciding How Much to Share; 14.3 Controlling Access to Your Account; 14.4 Adjusting Your Privacy Settings; 14.5 Fighting Back; Chapter 15: Facebook Mobile; 15.1 How Facebook Mobile Works; 15.2 Setting Up Facebook Mobile; 15.3 Using Facebook Mobile; 15.4 Checking In with Places; Getting Help; Facebook Help; Getting Help from Other Facebook Members; Contacting Facebook; Useful Facebook-Related Websites;

E.A. Vander Veer has authored or edited more than 15 computer books, covering everything from Excel basics to JavaScript and XML. Her work has appeared in dozens of online and print publications, including Byte, The Writer, Salon, and CNN.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    It's more than our walls

    this book explains how to use the features on facebook that aren't obvious. Some examples are, how to message people pravately, set up groups, privacy settings and networking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Bored

    I just like typing on my nook sooo yea anyone know if this REALLY is a god book?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Excellent guide

    This book was a wonderful guide to the joys and (security) pitfalls of Facebook. It is not completely up-to-date on the security issues, but no book could be. They're changing CONSTANTLY. This book gives you enough background to keep up on the changes and protect yourself on Facebook, and explains step-by-step how to set up your account.

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