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Press Release: April 6, 2010

Facebook: The Missing Manual--New from O'Reilly: The Answers to Your Questions about Facebook

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Sebastopol, CA—Facebook's popularity is skyrocketing, drawing more than 400 million people to this combination online village green, personal website creator, and souped-up address book. But one thing you won't get when signing up is a printed manual. Enter Facebook: The Missing Manual, Second Edition—the witty, authoritative guide you need—now revised and updated to include all of Facebook's latest features.

"Facebook is growing up. And while the site's new redesign makes using the social networking site even more fun and useful, it can also make finding your way around a bit more difficult," says author E. A. Vander Veer. "The new edition of Facebook: The Missing Manual walks you through the new site from a common sense perspective to decide how to get the most out of the time you spend on Facebook—whether you use the site for business or pleasure."

Each page in this informative and entertaining book is designed to help you with specific Facebook tasks, such as signing up, networking, shopping, joining groups, finding or filling a job, and a whole lot more. Coverage includes:

  • Getting started, getting connected. Signing up is easy, but the real payoff comes when you tap into networks of coworkers, classmates, and friends. This book explains it all-including how to pick and choose who gets to see what, and how to steer clear of people you want to avoid.
  • Adding applications. Ranging from silly (fortune cookies and video games) to serious (goal tracking), thousands of mini-programs can transform your Facebook account into an addictive, one-stop resource. Learn how to find and install your favorites.
  • Facebook for grownups and businesspeople. Facebook isn't just for Junior anymore. Thousands of companies and business professionals use the site for everything from project collaboration and advertising to filling (and finding) jobs. This book is written for adults of all ages.
  • Protecting your privacy. Creeps are everywhere online, but on Facebook you can feel especially exposed with so much personal info on display. This book offers an easy-to-follow, multi-pronged approach to staying safe.

Whether you're a Facebook newbie or you've been with them since the beginning, you'll find something in this book—and on Facebook—just for you.

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E. A. Vander Veer has authored or edited more than a dozen books to date, including PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual and PowerPoint 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual. Her work has appeared in dozens of on-and offline publications, including Byte, The Writer,, and Currently, she lives in Texas with her husband and daughter.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including a free sampler, index, author bio, and cover graphic, see:

For an interview with E. A. Vander Veer regarding Facebook's latest redesign, see:

Facebook: The Missing Manual, Second Edition
E. A. Vander Veer
ISBN: 9781449380144, 272 pages,
Book Price: $19.99 USD, Ebook Price: $15.99 USD
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