Facebook Fairytales: Modern-Day Miracles to Inspire the Human Spirit

Facebook Fairytales: Modern-Day Miracles to Inspire the Human Spirit

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by Emily Liebert
     
 

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Once upon a time there was an online social network called Facebook, and it brought together people from all over the globe, helping them to reignite romances, launch careers, and even find organ donors. Facebook Fairytales brings to light inspirational "happy endings" stemming from the increasingly popular social-networking site. Author Emily Liebert crafts

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Once upon a time there was an online social network called Facebook, and it brought together people from all over the globe, helping them to reignite romances, launch careers, and even find organ donors. Facebook Fairytales brings to light inspirational "happy endings" stemming from the increasingly popular social-networking site. Author Emily Liebert crafts captivating narratives of real-life stories from interviews with Facebook users who have used the site's many applications to find biological parents, relay messages to loved ones during the Mumbai terrorist attacks, donate money to Chinese orphanages, and try to hunt down a hit-and-run criminal. Readers will relate to these tales and, simultaneously, be charmed by the little spark of magic that sets them apart from your everyday success stories.

Liebert also interviews and shares the story of Chris Hughes, Facebook cofounder who worked on the Obama new-media campaign, revolutionizing the use of social-networking sites as a political tool. Complete with an introductory interview with Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Fairytales is a collection of tales that will inspire you to seek out your "happily ever after" on the world's most popular social-networking site—and maybe find Prince Charming along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602399433
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
669,722
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Emily Liebert is an award-winning, internationally published writer and author. Most recently, she edited Kerry Kennedy’s New York Times best-seller Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans Talk About Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning. She’s written for such publications as Elite Traveler, Robb Report, Gotham, and Cottages & Gardens and has interviewed a long list of celebrities and high-profile subjects. Currently, Liebert is finishing final edits on her forthcoming, debut novel—Conversations with Friends.

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Facebook Fairytales: Modern-Day Miracles to Inspire the Human Spirit 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emily Liebert has composed a compilation of pieces from the lives of ordinary people changing because of technology and its ways. Technology has allowed us to communicate in ways that we never thought it would. According to Liebert, technology has allowed people to find family and friends they have lost contact with, and create miracles on day to day basis. Facebook, especially has granted us with this accessibility into other people’s lives and given us the chance to communicate with them from different locations. HCI, Human Computer Interaction researches ways for a user of a technological device to be satisfied with what they have by communicating and giving the user options and responses. Facebook uses HCI to help people like the ones listed in the book everyday to get in contact with people and spread messages throughout communities. Personally, this book gives me a sense of hope for the human race because we are able to use HCI, Facebook, and technology to do great things and help people all over the world. The way that Liebert phrases it with a series of stories, with all having happy endings, sheds light on the good side of people and shows that people are in fact generous, caring, and selfless. Overall, the content of the book is ordered nicely and shows how Facebook has really impacted the life of many people all over the world. It shows that there is in fact hope for us and shows how much our world has changed technologically and how a single post, could change a person’s life and impact them for a lifetime.
charlottesweb93 More than 1 year ago
Facebook has become such a staple of electronic life, I don't know how we ever lived without it. Facebook Fairytales is a book that gathers 25 "warm fuzzy" stories that all were a result of Facebook. From a stranger donating a kidney to lost pets Emily Liebert has gathered stories that are guaranteed to make your eyes leak and reaffirm your belief in humanity.
melodydrake More than 1 year ago
I have small children and I don't have much time to myself. The short story format was perfect. I read one chapter a night. It was nice to end my day with a positive and uplifting view of humanity. Liebert really captured the intense emotion of each tale. I enjoyed Facebook Fairytales so much that I am buying it for my mother and mother-in-law for Mother's Day.
Jane_Suter More than 1 year ago
Are you addicted to Facebook like me? Know someone who is? Then this book is a MUST BUY! Uplifting, true stories of real Facebook users will inspire and delight you. I LOVE this book!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has universal appeal........and touches everyone's heart. Should be must-read on your list a five star review!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I was not a member of Facebook, I was intrigued when I read about Emily Liebert's new book Facebook Fairytales. From page one, I was hooked on the fascinating stories she recounts and impressed by her style. Reading this entertaining and informative book has made me realize what a powerful and life changing force Facebook is. I look forward to the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are a number of genuinely touching stories in "Facebook Fairytales: Modern-Day Miracles to Inspire the Human Spirit," many of them truly moving. If you're looking for inspiration, you may well find it here. But there's just a little too much sweetness for my taste. The book reminds me of old Reader's Digest pieces where hurdles are leapt, boundaries exceeded and justice prevails. Yes, I'm glad sisters were reunited, and that someone got her cat or a ring back and those are important events to those featured. But the stories, while interesting to the subjects, seem weak to me. Perhaps it's the repetitiveness. The Facebook connection is relatively simple--someone is able to track down someone else through the giant social network site. If you're in need of a little uplifting, this book might do it It's possible someone will be inspired to use these stories to improve their own lives. And we certainly could all use some good news and inspiration these days. Afterall, that's all fairytales ultimately promise. Maybe I'm too cynical but it just didn't do it for me.
barbarafischkin1 More than 1 year ago
It's alive and well in this book! Who better to report this happy news than someone who was interviewed for Facebook Fairytales by Emily Liebert? That would be me. In a chapter spritely entitled "Magic Touch," Emily Liebert tells the story of my now 22-year-old son Dan Mulvaney who suffers from severe Autism and -- like many people with Autism - uses Facebook. It helps him to slowly digest facial expressions and respond to people on his own terms, in his own space, in his own time frame. It works the same way for Chou Chou Scantlin, a Washington D.C. based 56-year-old gorgeous and talented showgirl and singer - and former Shakespearean actress -- who has high functioning Autism and yes, is Facebook friends with my son Dan. Emily got our story right. She got the facts right, the tone and the warmth - and the urgency of Facebook. As an author and a journalism professor, this leads me to believe she got the whole book right. So as I read the other fascinating stories in this compact but important volume which is about our society, as much as it is about social networking, I feel confident I am hearing more real voices from real people. The layout is ingenious and gorgeous. If you appreciate art in the production of books, then this is a must buy.