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Facebook is certainly one of the hottest sites on the Web. Not only does it help people get connected and stay connected with family and friends, it is increasingly being used by businesses to connect with their customers. If you've thought about getting into the Facebook community, Facebook For Dummies is a great tool to help you maximize the experience. Written by a pair Facebook is certainly one of the hottest sites on the Web. Not only does it help people get connected and stay connected with family and friends, it is increasingly being used by businesses to connect with their customers. If you've thought about getting into the Facebook community, Facebook For Dummies is a great tool to help you maximize the experience. Written by a pair of Facebook insiders, this handy guide shows you how to create a profile, communicate with friends, play with Facebook applications, and explore the unique ways Facebook can improve your business. You'll find out who's on Facebook, how to protect your privacy, how others use the site, and how to tailor the system to meet your needs. Find out all about: Creating a Facebook profile that enhances your real-world relationships Sharing photos and messages with friends Joining networks for your city, school, or work Managing the amount of information you share Understanding and using synchronous and asynchronous messaging, private and public communication, and active and passive interactions Taking advantage of free and paid ways to use Facebook for business Whether you want to connect with friends already on Facebook or be the first on your block to join, Facebook For Dummies will smooth the way!


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Facebook is certainly one of the hottest sites on the Web. Not only does it help people get connected and stay connected with family and friends, it is increasingly being used by businesses to connect with their customers. If you've thought about getting into the Facebook community, Facebook For Dummies is a great tool to help you maximize the experience. Written by a pair Facebook is certainly one of the hottest sites on the Web. Not only does it help people get connected and stay connected with family and friends, it is increasingly being used by businesses to connect with their customers. If you've thought about getting into the Facebook community, Facebook For Dummies is a great tool to help you maximize the experience. Written by a pair of Facebook insiders, this handy guide shows you how to create a profile, communicate with friends, play with Facebook applications, and explore the unique ways Facebook can improve your business. You'll find out who's on Facebook, how to protect your privacy, how others use the site, and how to tailor the system to meet your needs. Find out all about: Creating a Facebook profile that enhances your real-world relationships Sharing photos and messages with friends Joining networks for your city, school, or work Managing the amount of information you share Understanding and using synchronous and asynchronous messaging, private and public communication, and active and passive interactions Taking advantage of free and paid ways to use Facebook for business Whether you want to connect with friends already on Facebook or be the first on your block to join, Facebook For Dummies will smooth the way!

30 review for Facebook For Dummies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    [Original review, Mar 18 2018] It is, isn't it? I'm out. #DeleteFacebook __________________________ [Update, Dec 4 2018] Cassandra the Information Technology Wobbegong agrees with me! In fact, she's even prepared to go a step further. __________________________ [Update, Jan 20 2020] (Click on image to read article) __________________________ [Update, Jan 31 2020] From QualityLand (my translation):"I'm going to start with the most important thing. On the internet, nothing is free. If you don't pay for [Original review, Mar 18 2018] It is, isn't it? I'm out. #DeleteFacebook __________________________ [Update, Dec 4 2018] Cassandra the Information Technology Wobbegong agrees with me! In fact, she's even prepared to go a step further. __________________________ [Update, Jan 20 2020] (Click on image to read article) __________________________ [Update, Jan 31 2020] From QualityLand (my translation):"I'm going to start with the most important thing. On the internet, nothing is free. If you don't pay for a service, somebody else is paying. And that somebody else is not paying because they love humanity. They want something out of it. Your time, your attention, your data." "Wow," said Peter. "Like, just wow! As I speak, I can feel how this totally new information is coursing through me and widening my horizons!" "Fine, fine," said the Old One. "Arrogance. The privilege of youth. So if you already know that, why don't you act accordingly, hm?"

  2. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    Who'd have thought that even dummies would need a 330-page book to tell them how to use Facebook? But this casual Facebook dummy learnt a lot, to add to the superficial know-how he'd acquired without really thinking about it. So now I can tell you the difference between Pages and Profiles, Lists and Groups, and how to advertise a page (not that I expect I'll ever want to do that). I know a bit about searching on Facebook, tagging photos, and how to adjust privacy setting for apps you use. I also Who'd have thought that even dummies would need a 330-page book to tell them how to use Facebook? But this casual Facebook dummy learnt a lot, to add to the superficial know-how he'd acquired without really thinking about it. So now I can tell you the difference between Pages and Profiles, Lists and Groups, and how to advertise a page (not that I expect I'll ever want to do that). I know a bit about searching on Facebook, tagging photos, and how to adjust privacy setting for apps you use. I also absorbed some Facebook company culture, through the glimpses into their own lives offered by the authors, present and former Facebook staffer. A lot of it seemed to involve organised games of ultimate frisbee. The authors are so relaxed about privacy that their own Facebook pages are used to illustrate the book. Although it was only published last year, some of the details of the site are already out of date, and you can never be quite sure which until you're checked.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    You'd have to be a "dummy" to gain anything from reading this book. You'd have to be a "dummy" to gain anything from reading this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dane Cobain

    When you read a 'For Dummies' book, you get what you expect - a complex subject covered comprehensively in such simple language that a novice could easily understand it. And that's the problem... See, Facebook as a platform is so intuitive and easy to use that all but the dumbest dummy can figure out how to navigate the site without any help. Of course, I work in social media, so I'm biased - however, the point still stands. Facebook for Dummies only really covers the basics, from adding a profil When you read a 'For Dummies' book, you get what you expect - a complex subject covered comprehensively in such simple language that a novice could easily understand it. And that's the problem... See, Facebook as a platform is so intuitive and easy to use that all but the dumbest dummy can figure out how to navigate the site without any help. Of course, I work in social media, so I'm biased - however, the point still stands. Facebook for Dummies only really covers the basics, from adding a profile picture to posting your very first status - something that my grandmother figured out how to do without the help of a book. I'm not saying that it's not a good read - I mean, I enjoyed it, and I didn't learn a thing. It's well-written, and the Dummies style of illustrating warnings, technical information and key points to remember is as useful in Facebook for Dummies as it is for any other book in the series. I just think that, on this occassion, they oversimplified it just a little bit too much. For example, an entire chapter is dedicated just to the messaging system - to be fair to Abram, there are multiple entry points to most of Facebook's features, but detailing them all in long paragraphs is unnecessary for all but the most novice Facebook user. On the plus side, the chapter on privacy settings would come in handy for even the most seasoned Facebook user, and privacy is a hot topic in the rapidly expanding world of the internet and social media. But is it worth reading? Not really - it's largely a lesson in common sense, and with the pace that Facebook rolls out updates and design tweaks, it might not even be that for long. It's your choice.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (JC-S)

    Navigating a virtual world One of my on-line acquaintances invited me to join Facebook late last year. Initially I hesitated, but then I figured it was worth checking out. I’m so pleased I did: a number of my friends from other online communities have a presence on Facebook and for a few of us it is the easiest way to communicate, share updates and photographs. But wait, folks, that’s not all! By now, I can navigate my way around Facebook , have tried many of the applications and possibly teste Navigating a virtual world One of my on-line acquaintances invited me to join Facebook late last year. Initially I hesitated, but then I figured it was worth checking out. I’m so pleased I did: a number of my friends from other online communities have a presence on Facebook and for a few of us it is the easiest way to communicate, share updates and photographs. But wait, folks, that’s not all! By now, I can navigate my way around Facebook , have tried many of the applications and possibly tested the tolerance of some of my friends as a consequence. One of my other (Amazon and Facebook) friends reviewed this book, and I just had to read it as a consequence. I’m delighted that I did: not only are the authors clearly women of taste and discernment as is evidenced by them also being part of the (fluff) Friends community, they have provided a book with heaps of information for those of us who are still print oriented enough to feel comforted by guides. Many users of Facebook will get by just fine without referring to this book. Others may want even more. For myself, I now know more about some of the functionality and applications and feel more in control of my Facebook experience as a consequence. The virtual world is no substitute for the actual world, but it has an appeal of its own. So excuse me while I duck off to feed and race my (fluff) Friend.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gerry

    Poor. When I follow the text, what it says I'll see--ain't. What I can do is guess and ask questions of Facebook's Help section, but I certainly can't recommend it for novices. Locate this book in a bookstore, and try it there with your tablet. When the book's failures become readily apparent, quietly put it back on the shelf and rejoice over the money you've saved. To the comment that you can't expect it to be perfect, I say then you shouldn't be writing or publishing it. Poor. When I follow the text, what it says I'll see--ain't. What I can do is guess and ask questions of Facebook's Help section, but I certainly can't recommend it for novices. Locate this book in a bookstore, and try it there with your tablet. When the book's failures become readily apparent, quietly put it back on the shelf and rejoice over the money you've saved. To the comment that you can't expect it to be perfect, I say then you shouldn't be writing or publishing it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    This book did not help me in any way. I am more proficient at using Facebook than what the book describes. For anyone who has never used Facebook then I would suggest looking through it, but if you havew created a profile, then you probably don't need this book. This book did not help me in any way. I am more proficient at using Facebook than what the book describes. For anyone who has never used Facebook then I would suggest looking through it, but if you havew created a profile, then you probably don't need this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natascha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book can be informative for a beginner using Facebook, but unfortunately the information is outdated at the moment you start reading it. Yes, I learned some things, but it is not worth it to buy the book with a version of a couple of months old.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Desiree'

    Definitely a good read to learn the basics of Facebook account set up and applications. I learned how to set up my account, create a web page and find friends to communicate with online. Good basic tool to establish your social media presence.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bianca Gaskins

    Now, I know how to Facebook, I can do anything with it. U should try it to read the book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robin DeJarnett

    I hate to give a bad review about anything, but this book is not worth the cash. Luckily I was given a gift card, but if you're interested, check it out of the library. The problem with so many computer books is that by the time they come out the program's been updated. This book came out last year, and facebook looks quite different, just a few months later. As a Fb rookie but computer nerd, I could translate from the old to the new, but a computer rookie would be totally lost. So, don't buy it. I hate to give a bad review about anything, but this book is not worth the cash. Luckily I was given a gift card, but if you're interested, check it out of the library. The problem with so many computer books is that by the time they come out the program's been updated. This book came out last year, and facebook looks quite different, just a few months later. As a Fb rookie but computer nerd, I could translate from the old to the new, but a computer rookie would be totally lost. So, don't buy it. There were a few tidbits and explanations of a few things that helped, but not that many. At least it counts against my woefully low book total for this year.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brent Barnard

    This was a great book. But since I read it, I've already read another Facebook book, which is, itself outdated! Stop changing, FB! This was a great book. But since I read it, I've already read another Facebook book, which is, itself outdated! Stop changing, FB!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Very helpful, but even though it's got a 2008 copyright date, parts of it were being outdated even as I read it (goodbye, Limited Profile; goodbye, network pages; goodbye, basic layout...). Very helpful, but even though it's got a 2008 copyright date, parts of it were being outdated even as I read it (goodbye, Limited Profile; goodbye, network pages; goodbye, basic layout...).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marvelle Morgan

    I learned a few new, cool things.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Didn't really tell me anything I couldn't have figured out in pretty short order anyway. Didn't really tell me anything I couldn't have figured out in pretty short order anyway.

  16. 4 out of 5

    H

    For the truly Facebook challanged! Some of us just don't get all the stuff going on here. I'm still confused, but getting there. For the truly Facebook challanged! Some of us just don't get all the stuff going on here. I'm still confused, but getting there.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    By the time I got around to reading this one, Facebook had changed so much that I needed to buy a new book. So I didn't finish it. By the time I got around to reading this one, Facebook had changed so much that I needed to buy a new book. So I didn't finish it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Don

    Better for reference than straight reading

  19. 4 out of 5

    R2

    This is a no brainer, read the entire book in less than a day

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Helpful, wish it covered more for businesses.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    As others have said, I'm finding it helpful in some ways, but it is outdated already. New edition please! As others have said, I'm finding it helpful in some ways, but it is outdated already. New edition please!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Agent Smith

    Not really that helpful since most of the screen images have changed and are not applicable.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen Henrich

    There are some tips but expected more and had to buy another book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steven Seelig

    Read this for fun. I love Dummies books.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jakenv

    Dummies books are always helpful but often out of date before published. Does not reflect current changes will be helpful in general understanding.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Was helpful in some aspects but recent changes to Facebook made a bit out of date for some functions. Beginners will appreciate.

  27. 4 out of 5

    mitokondria

    best book i ever reads!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lee Yahnker

    Good beginners guide although some screen shots seemed out of date.

  29. 5 out of 5

    JAMES JOHN GULA

    Simple and precise... Very easy to read and understand. Short,, but gets to the point in most chapters. Highly recommend for the beginner like me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Denielle

    learned a couple of new things....

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