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My Facebook for Seniors


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  • Copyright 2014
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5166-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5166-9

This introduction to Facebook has been written with one fast-growing audience in mind: seniors.

My Facebook for Seniors approaches every topic from a senior's point of view, using meaningful examples and realistic tasks.

Step-by-step instructions for the tasks you care about most
Large, full-color, close-up photos show you exactly what to do
Common-sense help whenever you run into problems
Tips and notes to help you do even more

We’ve identified the Facebook skills you need to stay connected with the people you care about; reconnect with old friends and classmates; and share your life with loved ones near and far. Our crystal-clear instructions respect your smarts but never assume you’re an expert. Big, colorful photos on nearly every page make this book incredibly easy to read and use!

• Sign up for Facebook (it’s free!) and create a new account
• Find old friends who are also on Facebook
• Use the News Feed to discover what your friends are up to
• Update your friends and family on your current activities
• View your friends’ digital photos—and share your photos with friends and family
• Personalize the Timeline page that your friends see
• Chat privately with friends and family—via text or video
• Find and follow pages from your favorite celebrities and companies
• Discover interesting topic-specific groups
• Use Facebook to schedule and manage real-world events—including birthdays
• Enhance Facebook with interesting apps and fun social games
• Search Facebook for useful information
• Discover how best to use Facebook to keep in touch with your grandkids
• Find out what you should—and shouldn’t—share on Facebook
• Use Facebook on your iPad or iPhone

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Table of Contents

Prologue  Understanding Facebook and Social Networking     3
What Is Social Networking?     3
Who Uses Facebook—and Why?     5
How Does Facebook Work?     7
Chapter 1  Signing Up and Getting Started     11
Signing Up for Facebook     11
   Create a New Facebook Account     12
Signing In—and Signing Out     14
   Log Onto the Facebook Site     14
   Log Out of Your Facebook Account     15
Finding Your Way Around Facebook     16
   Navigate Facebook’s Home Page     16
   Use the Facebook Toolbar     17
   Navigate with the Sidebar Menu     18
Chapter 2  Finding Old (and New) Friends     21
Finding Facebook Friends     22
   Accept Facebook’s Friend Suggestions     22
   Find Email Contacts     25
   Search for Old Friends     27
   Look for Friends of Friends     30
Accepting Friend Requests     30
   Accept a Friend Request     31
   Decline a Friend Request     31
Unfriending Unwanted Friends     32
   Unfriend a Friend     32
   Display Fewer Posts from a Friend     33
Chapter 3  Keeping in Touch with Friends and Family     37
Viewing Updates in the News Feed     37
   Display the News Feed     38
   Display Different Feeds     38
Viewing Status Updates     40
   View a Status Update     40
   View Links to Web Pages     41
   View Photos     41
   View Videos     42
Responding to Status Updates     43
   Like an Update     43
   Comment on an Update     44
   Share an Update     44
Chapter 4  Updating Friends and Family on Your Activities     47
Updating Your Status     47
   Post a Basic Status Update     48
   Post a Link to a Web Page     50
   Post a Photograph or Video     51
   Add Your Location to a Post     52
   Tag a Friend in a Post     53
   Tell Friends What You’re Doing     54
   Determine Who Can—or Can’t—See a Status Update     55
Sharing Content from Other Websites     57
   Post Content from Another Site     58
Chapter 5  Viewing and Sharing Family Photos     61
Viewing Friends’ Photos     62
   View Facebook’s Photos Feed     62
   View a Friend’s Photo Albums     63
   Comment On and Like a Photo     64
   Share a Photo     65
   Tag Yourself in a Friend’s Photo     66
   Remove Your Name from a Photo—or Remove the Photo     67
   Download a Photo     68
   Print a Photo     69
Sharing Your Photos with Friends     70
   Upload Photos to a New Photo Album     71
   Upload Photos to an Existing Photo Album     74
Editing Your Photos and Albums     76
   Edit a Photo’s Description     76
   Edit a Photo Album     77
   Tag Friends in a Photo     78
   Delete a Photo     79
   Delete a Photo Album     80
Chapter 6  Viewing and Sharing Home Movies     83
Viewing Videos from Friends     83
   View an Uploaded Video     84
   Comment On and Like a Friend’s Video     85
   View All of a Friend’s Videos     85
Sharing Your Own Videos on Facebook     87
   Upload a Video File     87
   Edit Video Information     89
   Delete a Video     91
Sharing YouTube Videos on Facebook     92
   Share a YouTube Video     92
   View a Shared YouTube Video     93
Chapter 7  Personalizing Your Timeline     95
Changing the Look and Feel of Your Timeline     95
   Change Your Profile Picture     96
   Edit Your Picture Thumbnail     98
   Add a Cover Image     99
Editing the Contents of Your Timeline     101
   Hide and Delete Status Updates     102
   Highlight Your Favorite Status Updates     103
   View and Edit Your Facebook Activity     103
   Update Your Profile Information     104
   Add a Life Event     106
Chapter 8  Organizing Your Friends into Lists     109
Creating Friends Lists     110
   Add Friends to a List     111
   Create a New Friends List     111
   Remove a Friend from a List     112
Viewing and Posting to Your Friends Lists     113
   View Posts from a Friends List     113
   Send a Status Update to a Friends List     114
Chapter 9  Exchanging Private Messages     117
Sending Private Messages     117
   Send a Private Message     118
   Share a Photo via Private Message     119
   Attach a File to a Message     120
Viewing Private Messages     121
   Read a Message     121
   Reply to a Message     123
Chapter 10  Chatting with Friends and Family in Real Time     125
Text Chatting on Facebook     125
   Start a Chat Session     126
   Answer a Chat Request     127
Video Chatting on Facebook     128
   Start a Video Chat     128
   Convert a Text Chat into a Video Chat     129
Chapter 11  Liking Pages from Companies and Celebrities     133
Finding Companies and Celebrities on Facebook     133
   Search for Companies and Celebrities     134
   View a Facebook Page     135
Following Companies and Celebrities on Facebook     136
   Like a Facebook Page     137
   View Posts from Pages You Like     138
Managing the Pages You Follow     139
   View Your Favorite Pages     139
   Unlike a Page     140
Chapter 12  Participating in Interesting Groups     143
Finding and Joining Facebook Groups     143
   Search for Groups    144
   Join a Group     145
Participating in Facebook Groups     146
   Visit a Group Page     146
   Read and Reply to Messages     147
   Post a New Message     148
   View Group Members     149
   View Group Photos     150
   Upload Photos to the Group     150
   Get Notified of Group Activity     152
Managing Your Facebook Groups     153
   View Your Group Feed     153
   View All Your Groups     154
   Leave a Group     155
Creating Your Own Facebook Group     155
   Create a New Group     156
   Invite Others to Join Your Group     157
   Send a Message to Group Members     158
Chapter 13  Attending Events and Celebrating Birthdays     161
Dealing with Invitations to Events     161
   Respond to an Event Invitation in Your News Feed     162
   Respond to an Event Invitation in Your Notifications     163
   View an Event Page     164
Scheduling a New Event     167
   Create an Event      167
   Edit an Event     169
   Cancel an Event     170
Celebrating Birthdays     170
   View Today’s Birthdays     171
   View Upcoming Birthdays     172
Chapter 14  Using Apps and Playing Games     175
Discovering Apps and Games     175
   Browse for Apps and Games by Category     176
   Search for Specific Apps and Games     177
Working with Apps and Games     178
   Use a New App     178
   Play a Social Game     180
   Manage Your Apps and Games     180
   Delete an App or Game     181
Exploring Popular Apps and Games for Seniors     182
Chapter 15  Searching Facebook for Useful Information     187
Understanding Facebook’s Graph Search     188
Using Facebook’s Graph Search     189
   Perform a Basic Search     189
   Understand Your Search Results     191
   Fine-Tune Your Search Results     193
   Extend Your Search     194
   Search the Web     195
Searching for Specific Things     195
   Search for Facebook Pages     196
   Search for Facebook Groups     197
   Search for Apps and Games     198
   Search for People     199
   Search for Local Businesses     200
   Search for Books, Movies, and Music     201
   Search for Photos     203
Chapter 16  Using Facebook to Keep in Touch with Your Grandchildren     207
How to Engage Your Grandkids on Facebook     207
   Make Friends with Your Grandkids     208
   Share Your Posts—Selectively     209
   Send a Private Message     213
   Share Photos and Videos     214
   Chat via Text and Video     215
   Play Games Together     216
   Consider Using Other Social Media     218
Responding to Your Grandkids’ Posts     220
   Don’t Criticize     221
   Don’t Hijack the Conversation     221
   Don’t Respond at All     222
   Ignore What You See     223
Five Things Not to Do with Your Grandkids on Facebook     224
   Don’t Do These Things     224
Chapter 17  What You Should—and Shouldn’t—Share on Facebook     227
What’s Good to Post on Facebook     227
   Post Interesting Information     228
   Post Important Information     229
What Not to Post on Facebook     230
   Avoid Uninteresting or Unwise Posts     230
   Avoid Posting Personal Information     232
Learning Facebook Etiquette     232
   Carefully Compose Your Status Updates     233
   Know the Shorthand     233
Chapter 18  Keeping Private Things Private     239
Determining Who Sees What You Post     239
   Configure Facebook’s Default Privacy Settings     240
   Select Who Can See (or Not See) Individual Posts     242
Limiting Contact from Other Members     243
   Control Who Can Contact You     243
   Control Who Can Send You Friend Requests     244
Controlling Tagging     245
   Restrict Who Sees Tag Suggestions in Photos That Look Like You     245
   Limit Who Can See Posts You’re Tagged In     246
   Approve Tags People Add to Your Posts     247
Controlling Who Sees What on Your Timeline     248
   Control Who Sees Specific Information     249
   Hide Sections of Your Timeline     250
Chapter 19  Managing Your Facebook Account     253
Changing Your Account Settings     253
   Configure General Account Settings     254
   Configure Security Settings     255
   Configure Privacy Settings     257
   Configure Timeline and Tagging Settings     258
   Manage Blocked Users     260
   Configure Notifications     262
   Configure Facebook for Mobile Use     263
   Manage Following and Followers     266
   Manage Apps and Games     267
   Configure Ad Settings     269
   Manage Facebook Payments     270
Leaving Facebook     271
   Deactivate Your Account     271
   Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account     272
Dealing with Death     274
   Memorialize an Account     274
   Remove an Account     276
   Download Content from a Deceased Person’s Account     278
Chapter 20  Using Facebook on Your iPhone or iPad     283
Comparing Facebook on Different Devices     283
   Facebook on the iPhone     284
   Facebook on the iPad     285
   Facebook on Android Devices     286
   Facebook Home on Android Phones     286
   Facebook on Other Mobile Devices     288
Using Facebook’s iPhone App     288
   View the News Feed—and Other Feeds     289
   Use the Sidebar Menu     292
   Post a Status Update     293
   Take and Post a Picture     296
   Post a Picture from Your Camera Roll     300
   Check In from Your Current Location     301
   View a Friend’s Timeline     303
   Check Your Messages     304
   Chat with Friends     305
Index     309


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