Facebook: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition

Book description

Facebook's spreading about as far and fast as the Web itself: 500 million members and counting. But there's a world of fun packed into the site that most folks miss. With this bestselling guide, learn how to unlock Facebook's talents as personal website creator, souped-up address book, and bustling community forum. It's an eye-opening, timesaving tour, guaranteed to help you get the most out of your Facebook experience.

Coverage includes:

  • Get started, get connected. Signing up is easy, but the real payoff comes when you tap into networks of coworkers, classmates, and friends. Pick and choose who gets to see what, and learn how to steer clear of people you want to avoid.
  • Add applications. Transform your Facebook account into an addictive, one-stop resource with thousands of mini-programs, ranging from silly to serious.
  • Go professional. Facebook isn’t just for college kids. Thousands of companies and businesspeople use the site for everything from project collaboration and advertising to filling (and finding) jobs. You’ll learn all the tricks.
  • Protect your privacy. You may feel too exposed with so much personal info on display. This book features an easy-to-follow, multi-pronged approach to staying safe on Facebook.

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Table of contents

  1. The Missing Credits
    1. About the Author
    2. About the Creative Team
    3. Acknowledgements
    4. The Missing Manual Series
  2. 1. Introduction
    1. How Facebook Works
    2. What You Can Do on Facebook
      1. Social Activities
      2. Professional Uses for Facebook
    3. About This Book
      1. Missing Manuals on Facebook
      2. About MissingManuals.com
    4. Safari® Books Online
  3. 2. Getting Started
    1. Signing Up for an Account
    2. Step 1: Finding Your Friends on Facebook
    3. Step 2: Creating Your Profile
    4. Step 3: Adding a Picture of Yourself
    5. Confirming Your Facebook Registration
    6. Viewing Your Profile
      1. Adding Basic Info
      2. Adding or Changing Your Profile Picture
      3. Adding Relationship-Related Stuff
      4. Adding Education- and Work-Related Info
      5. Adding Your Philosophical Views
      6. Adding the Stuff You Like and Do
      7. Adding Contact Info
    7. Viewing Your Facebook Home Page
    8. Changing Account Info
  4. 3. Joining a Network
    1. How Networks Work
    2. Viewing the Networks You’re Already On
    3. Joining a Network
    4. Leaving a Network
    5. Suggesting a New Network
  5. 4. Finding and Adding Friends
    1. How Facebook Friends Work
    2. Finding Friends
      1. Finding People Who Are Facebook Members
      2. Finding People Who Aren’t Facebook Members
      3. Finding New Friends
    3. Inviting People to Be Your Friend
    4. Responding to Friend Requests
      1. Confirming Email Requests
      2. Confirming Requests in Facebook
      3. Ignoring a Friend Request
    5. Viewing Your Friends
    6. Organizing Your Friends
      1. Creating a Friend List
      2. Viewing a Friend List
      3. Editing a Friend List
      4. Deleting a Friend List
    7. Breaking Up: Unfriending Friends
  6. 5. Sending Messages to Friends
    1. Sending Messages
      1. Sending Messages to Friends
      2. Sending Messages to People You’re Not (Yet) Friends With
      3. Sending a Message to More Than One Person
    2. Receiving Messages
      1. Viewing Your Facebook Inbox
      2. Reading and Responding to Messages
    3. Chatting
    4. Poking
    5. Writing on Walls
      1. Writing on a Friend’s Wall
      2. Responding to a Wall Post
  7. 6. Exchanging Automatic Updates
    1. Types of Updates
    2. News Feeds: What Others Are Doing
      1. Customizing Your News Feed
    3. Mini Feeds: What You’re Doing
      1. Customizing Your Mini Feed
    4. Facebook Notifications
      1. Choosing Which Notifications You Want to See and Where
    5. Subscriptions
      1. Subscribing to Friends’ Status Updates
      2. Subscribing to People’s Notes
    6. Creating Notes (Blogs)
      1. Typing Notes from Scratch
      2. Importing Notes from an Existing Blog
      3. Viewing and Changing Your Notes
      4. Restricting Access to Your Notes
      5. Adding Comments to Notes
      6. Tagging Notes
      7. Finding Mentions of Yourself in People’s Notes
  8. 7. Participating in Groups
    1. What’s a Group?
    2. Joining a New Group
    3. Participating in New Groups
      1. If You’re a Group Member
      2. If You’re a Group Administrator
    4. Creating a New Group
      1. Adding Friends to a New Group
      2. Changing a New Group’s Privacy Setting
      3. Deleting a New Group You Started
    5. Finding, Joining, and Participating in Old Groups
      1. Searching for Old Groups
      2. Joining an Old Group
  9. 8. Facebook and the Real World: In-Person Events
    1. Types of Events
    2. Finding Public Events
      1. Searching for Events by Name or Subject
      2. Seeing Your Friends’ Events
    3. RSVPing to an Event
    4. Creating Your Own Events
  10. 9. Going Shopping
    1. The Marketplace Application
      1. The Friend Factor: Ads from Facebook Connections
      2. Cost: Free, Risk: Yours
    2. Finding and Viewing Marketplace
    3. Placing an Ad
      1. Changing Your Ad
    4. Finding Stuff
    5. Answering an Ad
  11. 10. Hiring and Getting Hired
    1. Recruiting New Hires
      1. Creating a Recruitment Page
      2. Paid Advertising
      3. Posting a Marketplace Ad
      4. Working with a Recruiting Firm
      5. Searching for Prospects
      6. Announcing an Opening to Your Friends
    2. Vetting Prospects
    3. Looking for a Job
      1. Turning Your Profile into a Resumé
      2. Using the Marketplace
      3. Networking
  12. 11. Collaborating on Projects via Facebook
    1. Keeping in Touch
      1. Sending Messages
      2. Setting Up Meetings
      3. Exchanging Ideas
      4. Creating and Subscribing to Notes
    2. Exchanging Files
      1. Sharing Pictures
      2. Creating and Filling an Album
      3. Editing Your Album
      4. Viewing Your Album
      5. Restricting Access to Your Albums
      6. Tagging (Labeling) Your Pictures
      7. Sharing Links and Other Items
    3. Keeping Up-to-Date with Notifications
  13. 12. Advertising on Facebook
    1. Facebook Pages: Profiles for Bands, Brands, and More
      1. How Pages Work
      2. Creating a Page
      3. Liking Pages
    2. Social Ads (Targeted Announcements)
      1. Creating and Running a Social Ad
    3. Connect Facebook to Your Website with Widgets
    4. High-Dollar Options
  14. 13. Customizing Facebook and Adding Apps
    1. Modifying Your Home Page and Profile
    2. Facebook Applications: An Overview
      1. Finding Applications
      2. Adding Applications
      3. Using Applications
      4. Troubleshooting Applications
      5. Controlling Who Knows You’re Using Applications
      6. Deleting Applications
      7. Applications and Privacy
    3. Facebook Games
      1. Finding Games
      2. Paying for Games (and Other Stuff) with Facebook Credits
        1. Buying Credits
        2. Checking Your Credits Balance
        3. Using Credits
  15. 14. Playing It Safe: Facebook Privacy
    1. Privacy and Facebook: An Overview
      1. Privacy Threats
      2. Strategies for Keeping Your Info Private
    2. Deciding How Much to Share
    3. Controlling Access to Your Account
    4. Adjusting Your Privacy Settings
      1. Controlling Who Sees Your Profile, Contact, and Friend Info
      2. Hiding from Facebook and Web Searches
      3. Deciding What Applications Can Access (and Blab)
      4. Controlling Which Sites Can Access Your Profile
    5. Fighting Back
      1. Blocking Individual Members
      2. Reporting Violations
  16. 15. Facebook Mobile
    1. How Facebook Mobile Works
    2. Setting Up Facebook Mobile
      1. Activating Your Phone
      2. Adjusting Your Settings
    3. Using Facebook Mobile
      1. Surfing Facebook from Your Phone
      2. Interacting with Facebook via Text Message
      3. Uploading a Picture or Video
      4. Subscribing to Friends’ Status Updates
      5. Deactivating Your Phone
    4. Checking In with Places
      1. Getting Set Up
      2. Adjusting Your Privacy Settings
      3. Checking Yourself (and Your Friends) In
      4. Finding Your Friends
      5. Removing a Check-in
  17. A. Getting Help
    1. Facebook Help
    2. Getting Help from Other Facebook Members
    3. Contacting Facebook
    4. Useful Facebook-Related Websites
  18. Index
  19. About the Author
  20. Copyright

Product information

  • Title: Facebook: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
  • Author(s): E. A. Vander Veer
  • Release date: March 2011
  • Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9781449397418