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Facebook and Twitter for Seniors for Dummies

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A fun and easy social media guide for the over-55 setPeople over 55 were the fastest-growing user group on Facebook in the first half of 2009, and they're flocking to Twitter at a faster rate than their under-20 grandchildren. From basic information about establishing an Internet connection to rediscovering old friends, sharing messages and photos, and keeping in touch ins...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published August 13th 2010 by For Dummies (first published January 1st 2010)
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I'm giving this book 3 stars because I believe the book did a pretty good job of helping novice users understand and use Facebook and Twitter in 2010. However, being 2 years old, the book is somewhat out of date. Because of that, the book will sometimes confuse rather than aid its intended audience.

The author really covers more than just Facebook and Twitter. The first 1/3 of the book deals with extreme basics like buying an internet-capable computer, setting up your home network, and stuff like...more
Overall I think Dummies books are a great series. This one was okay but not entirely what I had expected.

It is best for anyone who does not already own a computer. The first few chapters deal with buying computers, getting online for the first time, setting up email, etc. I had anticipated it would give more hints about Facebook. I did not read the Twitter section.

For complete novices who need to buy a computer, I'm sure you'd find this book more helpful than I did.
Web sites, including social media sites, change so often that books such as these become outdated soon after they are published. The information in this particular book is still, as of March, 2013, fairly useful, though, if the reader makes some intuitive leaps about where a particular feature of the site might be located now. Getting the book from a public library is a good idea unless there's a compelling reason to own a copy, since the book will need to be updated soon.
numbersThis plain-English guide explains how to get online, set up a Facebook profile, locate friends, post public and private messages, share photos, create events, follow local businesses and friends on Twitter, create a blog, play games, and moreMarsha Collier explains every step with the same friendly, comfortable style that has made her "eBay For Dummies" books bestsellers
Dec 01, 2012 Skip rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking to learn twitter/facebook
another excellent book by Marsha - and not just for seniors. By the time you finish chapter 1, it feels like she's writing one-on-one and not a "general" book. Whenever I give local Social Media talks/workshops this is one of the books I mention as a must read!

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