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Overview

Facebook is the wildly popular, free social networking site that combines the best of blogs, online forums, photo sharing, clever applications, and interaction among friends. The one thing it doesn't have is a user's guide to help you truly take advantage of it. Until now. Facebook: The Missing Manual gives you a crystal clear and entertaining look at everything this fascinating Facebook phenomenon has to offer. Teeming with high-quality color graphics, each page in this Missing Manual is uniquely designed to help you with specific Facebook tasks, such as signing up, networking, shopping, joining groups, finding or filling a job, and a whole lot more. You'll discover how to create your page and make connections with other members in no time -- everybody who went to your school, for example, or those who work at your company or play on your soccer team. Then, bingo! Instant access to the personal and professional details of all the folks you're connected with, the people they're connected with, and so on, and so on. With Facebook: The Missing Manual, you learn to: Join a network, whether it's where you went to school, work-related, or based on other interests Look up old friends, find new ones, and decide who you'd like to keep track of Contact members by virtually poking them, or leaving notes on their message boards Get automatic updates from Facebook friends and send updates of your own Participate in groups of particular interest and meet up with members face-to-face Buy and sell using Facebook's marketplace and classified ads Find a job or hire employees by combing through the member pool Use Facebook as a collaboration tool to keep team members, co-workers, clients,and projects upto date Play it safe by using a multi-pronged approach to ensuring your privacy Think of Facebook as a 30-million-plus-entry searchable Rolodex on steroids! With help from this guide, you'll quickly get into the Facebook experience -- without getting in over your head.
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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: 9780596517694
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits

Introduction

Part 1 From Signing Up to Staying Connected

Chapter 1 Getting Started 1

Signing Up for an Account 2

Creating Your Profile 6

Viewing Your Facebook Home Page 18

Changing Account Information 19

Chapter 2 Joining a Network 23

How Networks Work 24

Viewing the Networks You're Already On 26

Joining a Network 27

Suggesting a New Network 30

Chapter 3 Finding and Adding Friends 33

How Facebook Friends Work 34

Finding Friends 36

Inviting People to Be Your Friend 43

Responding to Friend Requests 45

Viewing Your Friends 49

Organizing Your Friends 50

Viewing Your Connections to Friends 54

Breaking Up: Unfriending Friends 56

Chapter 4 Sending Messages to Friends 59

Sending Messages 60

Receiving Messages 63

Poking 66

Writing on Walls 67

Sending Gifts 71

Chapter 5 Exchanging Automatic Updates 77

Types of Updates 78

News Feeds: What Others Are Doing 78

Mini-feeds: What You're Doing 80

Facebook Notifications 81

Subscriptions 84

Creating Notes (Blogs) 90

Controlling What People See About You 100

Part 2 Interest Groups and Shopping

Chapter 6 Participating in Groups 103

What's a Group? 104

Finding Existing Groups 105

Joining a Group 109

Creating a Group 110

Participating in Groups 114

Chapter 7 Facebook and the Real World: In-person Events 119

The Three Different Kinds of Events 120

Finding Existing Events 121

RSVPing to an Event 125

Creating Your Own Events 126

Chapter 8 Going Shopping 131

The Facebook Marketplace 132

Placing an Ad 133

Finding Stuff 138

Answering an Ad 139

Part 3 Doing Business with Facebook

Chapter 9 Hiring and Getting Hired143

Recruiting New Hires 144

Vetting Prospects 149

Looking for a Job 150

Chapter 10 Collaborating on Projects via Facebook 157

Keeping in Touch 158

Exchanging Files 162

Keeping Up-to-date with Feeds 173

Chapter 11 Advertising on Facebook 177

Taking Polls 178

Facebook Pages: Profiles for Bands, Brands, and More 182

Social Ads (Targeted Announcements) 189

High-dollar Options 197

Part 4 Privacy and Power Tools

Chapter 12 Customizing Facebook and Adding Applications 203

Modifying Your Home Page and Profile 204

Facebook Applications: An Overview 206

Chapter 13 Playing It Safe: Facebook Privacy 217

Privacy and Facebook: An Overview 218

Deciding How Much to Share 220

Controlling Access to Your Account 221

Adjusting Your Privacy Settings 222

Fighting Back 236

Chapter 14 Facebook Mobile 241

How Facebook Mobile Works 242

Setting up Facebook Mobile 243

Using Facebook Mobile 247

Part 5 Appendix

Appendix Getting Help 255

Facebook Help 256

Contacting Facebook 257

Useful Facebook-related Web Sites 258

Index 259

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  • Posted March 2, 2010

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    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 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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

    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 continue to muddle along. I prefer software that is clear enough it doesn't require a "missing" manual.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    It's a shame

    The layout was great, the copy entertaining, there was just one problem -- facebook has changed everything around. I wish there was an updated on-line.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    You thought you knew Facebook, read this book first!

    If you love Facebook, Facebook: The Missing Manual is a must have. I¿m a 36 year old professional that has hundreds of contacts ranging from kids I coached high school football and basketball for, and the other associates I have met over time as being the president of various organizations. My initial experience using this site was rather frustrating because it was difficult finding people, especially those my age. After a while, I managed to find a couple people, however my experience with Facebook was the equivalent of the large sigh my little doggy does when he is bored. Then came Facebook: The Missing Manual. Not only did this book give me a better understanding regarding ¿friends¿ and ¿Networks¿, but it reversed my impression of how useful this site can be. For me two big selling points became very useful for me. The first one is the support for multiple browsers, especially those that are very popular with the OS X operating system. For example, uploading pictures to Facebook was as simple as allowing a Java program (using the Safari browser) from Facebook to work with my iPhoto library. Since I already have my pictures organized in the iPhoto program, it was a matter uploading albums versus individual pictures. This was a huge improvement from other sites you try to upload to. The second point was the mobile phone feature allowing the ability to send notifications and messages from Facebook, and in turn being able to text back in a reply to my messages. Now that may not mean much to you, but the really creative part about it is that you have the ability to control the what and when it comes to receiving messages over your phone. After reading majority of the chapters, it also brought to my attention how I can export my address book, or create an email list to find individuals I have networked with in the past. By becoming aware of how to utilize and integrate my other forms of networking with Facebook, this allowed me to improve the amount of connections I was able to make by 300%. I also enjoyed the creative ways that the book explained how you can create events, hire, job search, and promote your business. These features are important for me, especially now that I have a DJ business, and a best friend running for political office. I can inform my whole network, and be able to gauge those that will come to an event. Trial and error are the ways I normally learned, however the time I spent reading this book made me have a better appreciation of what I was using. The book was well balanced using photos and written instructions. A good book to use, especially if you tend to be a kinesthetic or visual type of learner. I¿m sure that Facebook will eventually become integrated further with the way we communicate with each other. This book explains the present, and the promise of using this website. I highly recommend the book. For me personally, it was one of the best things I could have read to enhance my life as an IT and volunteering professional. I thought I knew a lot, but I was only using 15 of the features available. Now I utilize about 30, and the time I spend using the site has been cut down in half, but I communicate with people on the site more efficiently by using the tools identified in Facebook: The Missing Manual. It was definitely time well spent reading this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Short and to the point for this Senior

    I refer to it when I'm in Facebook and use it to create more privacy and more fun for the younger family members.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    IN YOUR FACEBOOK!!

    Are you a computer novice or an Internet expert? If you are, then this book is for you. Author E. Vander Veer, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that explains what kinds of things you can do with Facebook, and how to go about doing them. Vander Veer, begins by showing you how to sign up for an account, fill your profile, and get to your personalized Facebook home page. Then, the author starts you off with a network of school or work buddies. Next, she shows you how to look up old friends and find new ones with Facebook. The author also shows you how to send private messages to other Facebook members. She continues by showing you how to sign up for and tweak automatic updates. Then, the author shows you how find, join, and participate in groups--and how to start your own. Next, she shows you how to find out what events are happening in your area, who¿s attending, and how to set up your own events. The author also shows you how you can use Facebook Marketplace to buy or sell just about anything. She continues by showing you how to work the job pool from both angles. Then, the author gives Facebook¿s messaging and subscription tools a decidedly business spin. Next, she explores your options for advertising on Facebook, which range from free to affordable to don¿t even think about it. Finally, the author also explains Facebook¿s privacy issues, and then gives you strategies for staying safe--from up-front planning to adjusting Facebook¿s privacy settings to after-the-fact damage control. This most excellent book fully explains what kinds of things you can do on Facebook, and how to go about doing them. But, more importantly, this book guides you through the staggering forest of privacy options so you can get the most out of Facebook with the least amount of risk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    GROSS

    PLEASE SEARCH IT I WILL LOV U FOREVER IT'S NOT A BOOK IT IS A SAYING SOMBODY SD ON HERE N I WANT MY SISTER TO SEE IT...

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    Posted October 8, 2013

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    Asweome book more ppl should read it

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    Posted December 27, 2012

    King

    Fecabook- it is very beg info cite.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    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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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    Absolutely worthless

    Facebook changes weekly and this is so out of date nothing is current.

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