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Facebook: The Missing Manual

A book by E. A. Vander Veer

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Good and Informative Introductory Manual

  • Oct 25, 2010
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I consider myself a serious Facebook user and spend more time on that website every day than I care to admit. Let's just say that I am the person that friends contact when they need an advice on how to set up some obscure Facebook Wall or privacy configuration. However, even I feel that I have only scratched the surface of all the possibilities that everyone's favorite social network has to offer. This point has been reinforced for me when I picked up E. A. Vander Veer's "Facebook - the missing manual." I was expecting to find just a lot of very detailed descriptions of what you can do with your photo album, how to set up a Facebook group, or similar everyday activity. What I found was a plethora of material on things that I had a very vague idea that they existed - such as using Facebook to find a job, advertise something, or collaborate on a project.

To be sure, much of the book (and especially the introductory chapters) is used for topics that even the casual Facebook users will need very little help with. However, even here there are some useful tips that can be useful for people with all levels of experience.

The book is written in a clear and accessible style with a general reader in mind. There is virtually no arcane technical jargon in it, and it should appeal to the widest possible audience. When explaining how to accomplish any action on the Facebook site the book presents numerous screen-shots of the actual Facebook interface. However, these screen-shots are used judiciously and most of the material is devoted to textual explanations. Unlike many other technical manuals, the page layout in this manual is very clean and uncluttered.

Facebook itself keeps changing and evolving, and hence books that deal with it will be in a constant need of update. This is the second edition of this manual, and as of this writing all of the tips and information seem to be accurate and up to date. Since I don't see any ebbing of the rise of Facebook, I expect to see many more editions of this book in the upcoming years.

One topic that I thought was missing was the integration of Facebook with outside websites. If you've been accession almost any news site these days, you would have probably noticed little Facebook "like" buttons accompanying news stories. These buttons help you share outside content on your Facebook wall. However, I suspect that due to its somewhat more technically demanding implementation this topic might best be left for its own book.

Overall, this is a great book that is fun to read and will help you get the most out of your Facebook experience.

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July 15, 2011
This review will help Facebook enthusiasts everywhere.
 
October 27, 2010
Great review! This book sounds like it'd be a really handy tool to get the most out Facebook. I had no idea you could collabo on projects with it. What was your question about the "Like" button? How to incorporate it on a piece that you have posted on another site? Or why it's everywhere? I have a little knowledge on that so I might be able to help ;p
November 01, 2010
Thanks for the offer. I've been looking into making one of my online reviewing websites Facebook friendly (www.naboj.com), but that project is on a back burner for the time being.
November 01, 2010
I guess that's what makes Lunch work for you, since we're already Facebook friendly ;p Let me know whenever you need some help!
 
October 26, 2010
I'm not the most hardcore FB user, but I do check it several times a day when I've got a few minutes of downtime just to see what my friends are up to.  This sounds like a very interesting book nonetheless, so I'll have to check it out.  By the way, have you caught The Social Network yet?  Looks like something you might be interested in.  Thanks for sharing! :)
November 01, 2010
Thanks Devora! I did watch "The Social Network" and really enjoyed it.
 
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review by . October 22, 2010
I consider myself a serious Facebook user and spend more time on that website every day than I care to admit. Let's just say that I am the person that friends contact when they need an advice on how to set up some obscure Facebook Wall or privacy configuration. However, even I feel that I have only scratched the surface of all the possibilities that everyone's favorite social network has to offer. This point has been reinforced for me when I picked up E. A. Vander Veer's "Facebook - the missing …
review by . July 05, 2010
I'll cut to the chase. If you are internet savvy and spend a lot of time online, then this book probably doesn't have many insights for you. If you are somewhat new to the internet and/or Facebook, then this could be a useful tool for you. As with any publication of this sort, it will be out of date within several months. Until then it does have some useful tidbits for those interested in the world of Facebook.     I've been on Facebook for over 2 years and didn't find much in …
review by . June 30, 2010
For a new user, Facebook can be a bit overwhelming. Facebook's own Help resource is, to be charitable, weak.     "Facebook: The Missing Manual" is hand holding for those who need it. Personally, I am not the kind of person who needs hand holding - but still found quite a bit that was new to me in this book and I've been using Facebook for a fair amount of time.      Author Vander Veer has a comfortable writing style. She does not try to be funny, which is …
review by . May 04, 2010
If you are one of those people who absolutely must have a manual for everything you take on, then Facebook: The Missing Manual will complete your collection. This is one of those books that documents the extremely obvious. Don't know how to set up an account? Most people find that the words "Sign up, It's free" together with a grid marked "First Name," "Last Name," and "Email," is pretty self-explanatory. But if you are one of the very few people who wants a book with a small screen shot of the …
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ISBN-10: 144938014X
ISBN-13: 978-1449380144
Author: E. A. Vander Veer
Genre: Computers & Internet
Publisher: Pogue Press
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