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  • Copyright 2015
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 368
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5431-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5431-8

The perfect book to help anyone 50+ learn Facebook--in full color!

Whether you are new to Facebook or would like to explore more of its features, My Facebook for Seniors makes learning to use the world’s most popular social media site simple and fun. The full-color, step-by-step instructions make it easy to connect with family, friends, and colleagues; share digital photos; play social games on Facebook; and much more.

Veteran author Michael Miller has written more than 100 nonfiction books and is known for his ability to explain complex topics to everyday readers. Michael wrote this book from the 50+ point of view, using relevant examples and covering all the most popular tasks.

Here are just a few things you will learn how to do in this top-selling book:
• Sign up for Facebook (it’s free!) and create a new account
• Configure Facebook’s privacy settings to keep your personal information private
• Find old friends who are also on Facebook
• Use the News Feed to discover what your friends are up to
• Discover how best to use Facebook to keep in touch with your kids and grandkids
• 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
• Use Facebook to schedule and manage real-world events--including birthdays
• Chat privately with friends and family--via text or video
• Find and follow pages from your favorite public figures and companies
• Discover interesting topic-specific groups
• Enhance Facebook with interesting apps and fun social games
• Search Facebook for useful information
• Find out what you should--and shouldn’t--share on Facebook
• Use Facebook on your iPad, iPhone, or Android device

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1  Signing Up and Getting Started     3
Understanding Social Networking     3
Signing Up for Facebook     4
   Create a New Facebook Account     5
Signing In--and Signing Out     8
   Log On to the Facebook Site     9
   Log Out of Your Facebook Account     10
Finding Your Way Around Facebook     10
   Navigate Facebook’s Home Page     11
   Use the Facebook Toolbar     12
   Navigate with the Left Side Menu     13
   Use the Right Side Menu     15
Chapter 2  Finding Old (and New) Friends on Facebook     17
Finding Facebook Friends    18
   Accept Facebook’s Friend Suggestions     18
   Find Email Contacts     22
   Search for Old Friends     24
   Look for Friends of Friends     27
Accepting Friend Requests     27
   Accept a Friend Request     28
   Decline a Friend Request     28
Unfriending Unwanted Friends     29
   Unfriend a Friend     29
Chapter 3  Discovering What Your Friends and Family Are Up To     31
Viewing Updates in the News Feed     31
   Display the News Feed     32
   Display Most Recent Posts     33
Viewing Status Updates     34
   View a Status Update     34
   View Links to Web Pages     35
   View Photos     36
   View Videos     37
   Responding to Status Updates     38
   Like an Update     38
   Comment on an Update     39
   Share an Update     40
Chapter 4  Exploring News Feed Posts     43
Posts with Photos     43
Memes     47
Surveys     49
Countdown Lists     51
Links to Other Web Pages     52
Games     53
Chapter 5  Updating Friends and Family on Your Activities     57
Updating Your Status     57
   Post a Basic Status Update     58
   Post a Link to a Web Page     59
   Post a Photograph or Video     61
   Add Your Location to a Post     62
   Tag a Friend in a Post     64
   Tell Friends What You’re Doing     65
   Determine Who Can—or Can’t—See a Status Update     67
Sharing Content from Other Websites     69
   Post Content from Another Site     69
Chapter 6  What You Should--and Shouldn’t--Share on Facebook     73
What’s Good to Post on Facebook     73
   Post Interesting Information     74
   Post Important Information     75
What Not to Post on Facebook     76
   Avoid Uninteresting or Unwise Posts     77
   Avoid Posting Personal Information     78
Learning Facebook Etiquette     79
   Carefully Compose Your Status Updates     79
   Know the Shorthand     80
Chapter 7  Viewing and Sharing Family Photos     85
Viewing Friends’ Photos     86
   View Photos in Your News Feed     86
   View a Friend’s Photo Albums     87
   Comment On and Like a Photo     90
   Share a Photo     91
   Tag Yourself in a Friend’s Photo     92
   Remove Your Name from a Photo—or Remove the Photo     93
   Download a Photo     96
   Print a Photo     97
Sharing Your Photos with Friends     98
   Upload Photos to a New Photo Album     99
   Upload Photos to an Existing Photo Album     103
Editing Your Photos and Albums      105
   Edit a Photo’s Description     105
   Edit a Photo Album     106
   Tag Friends in a Photo     107
   Delete a Photo     109
   Delete a Photo Album     110
Chapter 8  Viewing and Sharing Home Movies     113
Viewing Videos from Friends     113
   View an Uploaded Video     114
   Comment On and Like a Friend’s Video     116
   View All of a Friend’s Videos     116
Sharing Your Own Videos on Facebook     118
   Upload a Video File     118
   Edit Video Information     120
   Delete a Video     122
Sharing YouTube Videos on Facebook     123
   Share a YouTube Video     123
   View a Shared YouTube Video     125
Chapter 9  Personalizing Your Profile and Timeline     127
Changing the Look and Feel of Your Timeline     127
   Change Your Profile Picture     128
   Edit Your Picture Thumbnail     130
   Add a Cover Image    131
Editing the Contents of Your Timeline     133
   Hide and Delete Status Updates     134
   Highlight Your Favorite Status Updates     135
   View and Edit Your Facebook Activity     135
   Update Your Profile Information     137
   Add a Life Event     140
Chapter 10  Exchanging Private Messages     143
Sending Private Messages     143
   Send a Private Message     144
   Share a Photo via Private Message     145
   Attach a File to a Message     146
Viewing Private Messages     147
   Read a Message     147
   View All Messages     148
Chapter 11  Chatting with Friends and Family in Real Time     151
Text Chatting on Facebook     152
   Start a Chat Session    152
   Respond to a Chat Invitation     154
   Add More Friends to a Chat     155
Video Chatting on Facebook     156
   Start a Video Chat     157
Chapter 12  Liking Pages from Companies and Public Figures     161
Finding Companies and Public Figures on Facebook     161
   Search for Companies and Public Figures     162
   View a Facebook Page     163
Following Companies and Public Figures on Facebook     164
   Like a Facebook Page     165
   View Posts in Your Pages Feed     166
Managing the Pages You Follow     167
   View Your Favorite Pages     167
   Unlike a Page     168
Chapter 13  Participating in Alumni and Nostalgia Groups     171
Finding and Joining Facebook Groups    172
   Search for Groups     172
   Browse for Groups     173
   Join a Group     175
Participating in Facebook Groups     175
   Visit a Group Page     176
   Read and Reply to Messages     176
   Post a New Message     178
   View Group Members     179
   View Group Photos     180
   Upload Photos to the Group     180
   Get Notified of Group Activity     182
   Leave a Group     182
Creating Your Own Facebook Group     184
   Create a New Group     184
   Invite Others to Join Your Group     186
   Send a Message to Group Members     187
Chapter 14  Attending Events and Celebrating Birthdays     189
Dealing with Invitations to Events     189
   Respond to an Event Invitation in Your News Feed     190
   Respond to an Event Invitation in Your Notifications     191
   View an Event Page     192
Scheduling a New Event     194
   Create an Event     195
   Edit an Event     197
   Cancel an Event     199
Celebrating Birthdays     200
   View Today’s Birthdays     200
   View Upcoming Birthdays     201
Chapter 15  Playing Games     203
Discovering Facebook Games     203
   Browse for Games by Category     204
   Search for Specific Apps and Games     206
Playing Social Games on Facebook     207
Exploring Popular Apps and Games     209
Managing and Deleting Facebook Games     210
Chapter 16  Searching Facebook for Useful Information     213
Understanding Facebook’s Graph Search     214
Using Facebook’s Graph Search     215
   Perform a Basic Search     215
   Understand Your Search Results     216
   Fine-Tune Your Search Results     218
Searching for Specific Things     219
   Search for Facebook Pages or Groups     219
   Search for Games and Apps     220
   Search for People     221
   Search for Local Businesses     223
   Search for Books, Movies, and Music     224
   Search for Photos     225
Chapter 17  Keeping in Touch with Your Kids and Grandkids on Facebook     227
Are Kids Still Using Facebook?     227
How to Connect with Younger Users on Facebook     229
   Make Friends with Your Kids and Grandkids     229
   Put Your Family Member in a Special Friends List     231
   Send a Private Message     235
   Share Photos and Videos     236
   Chat via Text and Video     237
   Play Games Together     238
Five Things Not to Do with Your Kids and Grandkids on Facebook     239
Other Places You’ll Find Your Kids and Grandkids Online     241
   Facebook-Like Social Networks     241
   Photo- and Video-Based Social Media     242
   Mobile Messaging Media     244
Chapter 18  Managing Your Privacy on Facebook     249
Determining Who Sees What You Post     250
   Configure Facebook’s Default Privacy Settings     250
   Select Who Can See (or Not See) Individual Posts     252
Limiting Contact from Other Members     254
   Control Who Can Contact You     254
   Control Who Can Send You Friend Requests     255
Controlling Tagging     256
   Restrict Who Sees Tag Suggestions in Photos That Look Like You     256
   Limit Who Can See Posts You’re Tagged In     258
   Approve Tags People Add to Your Posts     259
Controlling Who Sees What on Your Timeline     260
   Control Who Sees Specific Information     260
   Hide Sections of Your Timeline     262
Chapter 19  Managing Your Facebook Account     265
Changing Your Account Settings     265
   Configure General Account Settings    266
   Configure Security Settings    267
   Configure Privacy Settings     269
   Configure Timeline and Tagging Settings    271
   Manage Blocked Users    273
   Configure Notifications     275
   Configure Facebook for Mobile Use      276
   Manage Following and Followers     278
   Manage Apps and Games     280
   Configure Ad Settings     282
   Manage Facebook Payments     283
   Configure Video Playback Options     284
Leaving Facebook     285
   Deactivate Your Account     285
   Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account     287
Dealing with Death     289
   Memorialize an Account     289
   Remove an Account     291
   Download Content from a Deceased Person’s Account     293
Chapter 20  Using Facebook on Your iPhone, iPad, or Android Device     297
Using Facebook on an iPhone     297
   Navigate Facebook’s iPhone App     298
   Read and Respond to Posts     301
   Post Status Updates     302
Using Facebook on an iPad     303
   Navigate Facebook’s iPad App     303
   Read and Respond to Posts     306
   Post Status Updates     307
Using Facebook on an Android Device     308
   Navigate Facebook’s Android App     308
   Read and Respond to Posts     311
   Post a Status Update     312
Using the Facebook Messenger App     313
   Send and Receive Text Messages     313
   Create a Group Conversation     319
Using Facebook’s Paper App     321
   Navigate the Paper App     321
   Read Posts     324
   Create a New Post     325
Index     327


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