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Facebook: The Missing Manual

A book by E. A. Vander Veer

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Excellent introduction to Facebook for beginning to intermediate users

  • Jun 30, 2010
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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 a blessing because so many technical writers try to be comedians and fail miserably.

Instead her approach is very well organized, beginning at the beginning and working toward he end. In between she covers every aspect of Facebook that a new to intermediate user might desire to know. Every author writing about Facebook is faced with the question of how much is too much. Some yield and write about how to play games and other subjects that are simple not of interest to many people.

Vander Meer for the most part sticks to the basics and covers them in detail. The chapter headings give an excellent idea of what to expect:

Getting Started
Joining a Network
Finding and Adding Friends
Sending Messages To Friends
Exchanging Automatic Updates
Participating In Groups
Facebook and the Real World: In-Person Events
Going Shopping
Hiring and Getting Hired
Collaborating on Projects via Facebook
Advertising on Facebook
Customizing Facebook and Adding Applications
Playing It Safe: Facebook Privacy
Facebook Mobile

Some of the chapters may have limited appeal, such as the one on hiring and getting hired. Still, it was interesting to read Vander Veer's exposition of the topic.

I found her chapter on advertising particularly interesting since I had no idea that advertising on Facebook could be so inexpensive. She also does a very good job of distinguishing between Pages and Groups. I also (finally) learned how to connect my blog(s) to Facebook.

All in all, this is an excellent introduction to Facebook for the beginning to intermediate user. Yes, you can find all the information between the covers, but Vander Veer does a very good job of organizing and presenting it, which will save the reader a lot of time.

Jerry

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review by . October 25, 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 …
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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 . May 04, 2010
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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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