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  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-427767-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-427767-7

Learn Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Skype, and More!

My Social Media for Seniors helps you learn what social media is all about, and how to use it to connect with friends, families, and more. The full-color book provides a general overview of what social media is and what it does, then offers step-by-step instruction on how to use the most popular social media-- Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter. It also covers other social media, including online message boards and group video chat services such as Skype and Google Hangouts. In addition, the book offers strategies for using social media to find old friends and colleagues, as well as how to use social media safely and securely.  Here are a few things you will learn:

  • What Social Media is and why we use it
  • What to share and what not to share on Social Media
  • Using Social Media safely and privately
  • Comparing the most popular Social Media
  • Keeping in touch with friends and family on Facebook
  • Sharing pictures and videos on Facebook
  • Discovering interesting groups on Facebook
  • Configuring Facebook's privacy settings
  • Pinning and repinning on Pinterest
  • Finding other users and boards to follow on Pinterest
  • Fine-tuning your professional profile on LinkedIn
  • Connecting with people and businesses on LinkedIn
  • Tweeting and retweeting on Twitter
  • Sharing photos with instagram
  • Getting social on special interest message boards
  • Playing social games
  • Getting social with video chats
  • Using Social Media to find old friends
  • Using Social Media on your smartphone or tablet
  • Exploring other social media

Sample Content

Table of Contents

 Chapter 1 What Social Media Is–and Why We Use It

Understanding Social Media

    Defining Social Media

    How Social Media Works

    Building Social Communities

A Short History of Social Media

Who Uses Social Media–and Why

Why You’ll Want to Use Social Media

Chapter 2 What to Share–and What Not to Share–on Social Media

How to Write a Proper Post

    Keep It Short

    Keep It Casual

    Show It If You Can

Posting Things That People Want to Read

Things You Probably Shouldn’t Share Online

Ten Things to Avoid When Posting Online

    1. Don’t Post if You Don’t Have Anything to Say

    2. Don’t Pick a Fight

    3. Don’t Post Anything That Could Be Used Against You

    4. Don’t Post Overly Personal Information

    5. Don’t Gripe

    6. Don’t Post Personal Contact Information

    7. Don’t Post Your Constant Whereabouts

    8. Don’t Post Rumors, Hoaxes, and Urban Legends

    9. Don’t Post Pictures of People Without Their Permission

    10. Don’t Post Sensitive Information

Joining a Conversation–or Not

    When to Join a Conversation, and When to Bow Out

    What to Share–and What Not to Share

    When to Tag Yourself–and Others–in Photos

Chapter 3 Using Social Media–Safely and Privately

Is It Safe to Use Social Media?

Smarter Social Networking

    Think Before You Click

    Think Before You Post

    Don’t Accept Every Friend Request

    Unfriend People Who Aren’t Friendly

    Keep Your Contacts Private

    Don’t Download Third-Party Applications

    Don’t Play Social Games

    Configure Your Privacy and Security Settings

    Use Strong Passwords

    Use Different Passwords for Each Account

    Install Anti-Malware Tools on Your PC

    Trust Your Instincts

Keeping Your Private Information Private

Chapter 4 Comparing the Most Popular Social Media

Examining Different Types of Social Media

    Social Networks

    Media Sharing Networks

    Microblogging Services

    Message Boards

    Social Bookmarking Services

Discovering the Top Social Media for Older Users






Chapter 5 Keeping in Touch with Friends and Family on Facebook

Signing Up and Signing In

    Create a New Facebook Account

    Sign In to the Facebook Site

    Sign Out of Your Facebook Account

Finding Facebook Friends

    Accept Facebook’s Friend Suggestions

    Find Email Contacts

    Search for Old Friends

    Accept a Friend Request

    Unfriend a Friend

Reading the News Feed

    Display the News Feed

    View a Status Update

    View Links to Web Pages

    View Photos

    View Videos

    Like and Comment on an Update

    Share an Update

Posting Status Updates to Your Friends

    Post a Status Update

    Post a Link to a Web Page

    Post a Photograph or Video

    Add Your Location to a Post

    Tag a Friend in a Post

    Determine Who Can–or Can’t–See a Status Update

Chapter 6 Sharing Pictures and Videos on Facebook

Viewing Friends’ Photos and Videos

    View Photos in Your News Feed

    View Videos in Your News Feed

    View All of a Friend’s Photos and Videos

    Share a Photo or Video

    Download a Photo

Sharing Your Own Photos and Videos with Friends

    Upload Photos to a New Photo Album

    Upload Photos to an Existing Photo Album

    Upload a Video

Chapter 7 Discovering Interesting Groups on Facebook

Participating in Facebook Groups

    Search for Groups

    Browse for and Join Groups

    Visit a Group Page

    Post a New Message

    View Group Members

    View Group Photos

    Upload Photos to the Group

    Get Notified of Group Activity

    Leave a Group

Following Companies and Celebrities on Facebook

    Search for Companies and Celebrities

    View a Facebook Page

    View Page Posts in Your Pages Feed

Chapter 8 Configuring Facebook’s Privacy Settings

Determining Who Sees What You Post

    Configure Facebook’s Default Privacy Settings

    Select Who Can See (or Not See) Individual Posts

Limiting Contact from Other Members

    Control Who Can Contact You

    Control Who Can Send You Friend Requests

Controlling Tagging

    Restrict Who Sees Tag Suggestions in Photos That Look Like You

    Limit Who Can See Posts You’re Tagged In

    Approve Tags People Add to Your Posts

Managing Who Sees What on Your Timeline

    Control Who Sees Specific Information

    Hide Sections of Your Timeline

Chapter 9 Pinning and Repinning on Pinterest

Getting to Know Pinterest

    Joining and Logging In to Pinterest

    Navigating the Pinterest Site

Viewing and Repinning Pins

    View a Pin

    Repin a Pin

Pinning on Pinterest

    Pin an Item from a Web Page

    Upload a Pin from Your Computer

Creating New Pinterest Boards

    Create a Board

    View Your Boards and Pins

Chapter 10 Finding Other Users and Boards to Follow on Pinterest

Browsing and Searching for Pins

    Browse via Category

    Search by Keyword

Searching for People and Boards

    Find and Follow Interesting Boards

    Find Other Users to Follow

    Unfollow a Board

Chapter 11 Fine-Tuning Your Professional Profile on LinkedIn

Signing Up and Logging In

    Create a New Account

    Sign In to Your Account

Creating an Effective Profile

    Edit Your Snapshot

    Add a Profile Picture

    Add a Summary

    Add More Sections to Your Profile

Chapter 12 Connecting with People and Businesses on LinkedIn

Finding New Connections

    Search Your Email Contacts

    Find Former Co-Workers and Classmates

Sending and Receiving Messages

    Read and Reply to Messages

    Compose a New Message

    Post a Status Update

Participating in Groups

    Find and Join a Group

    Interact with Group Members

Chapter 13 Tweeting and Retweeting on Twitter

Signing Up and Signing On

    Create an Account

    Log On to Your Account

Finding Tweeters to Follow

    Accept Twitter’s Recommendations

    Follow Email Contacts

    Search for People and Organizations to Follow

    Unfollow a User

Viewing Your Twitter Feed

    View Tweets

    Reply to a Tweet

    Retweet a Tweet

Posting Your Own Tweets

    Post a Tweet

    Mention Other Users

    Use Hashtags

    Tweet a Picture

Chapter 14 Sharing Photos with Instagram

Getting Started with Instagram

    Download and Install the Instagram App

    Sign Up for a New Account

    Edit Your User Profile

    Link to Your Other Social Media Accounts

Following Friends and Family

    Find Facebook Friends

    Find Contacts

    Viewing Friends’ Pictures

Shooting and Sharing Photos and Videos

    Shoot and Share a Photo

    Shoot and Share a Video

Chapter 15 Getting Social on Special Interest Message Boards

How Message Boards Work

Finding Internet Message Boards

Reading and Posting to Message Boards

    Read and Reply to Messages

    Start a New Thread

Chapter 16 Playing Social Games

Understanding Social Games

Where to Find and Play Social Games


    Social Gaming Sites

    Mobile Games

Discovering the Most Popular Social Games

    Puzzle and Matching Games

    Word Games

    Card Games

    Casino Games

    Board Games

    Trivia Games

    Simulation Games

    Sports Games

    Brain Training Games

Chapter 17 Getting Social with Video Chats

Understanding Video Chatting

Video Chatting with Skype

    Add a Contact

    Make a Video Call

Video Chatting with Google Hangouts

    Start a Hangout

    Create a Group Hangout

Chapter 18 Using Social Media to Find Old Friends

Choosing the Right Social Network

    Start with Facebook

    Look for Business Contacts on LinkedIn

    Participate in Online Message Forums

Searching for Specific Friends

Searching for Friends from Your Hometown, School, or Workplace

    Fine-Tune a Facebook Search

Looking for Mutual Friends

    Find Friends of Facebook Friends

Looking for Friends in Facebook Groups

Chapter 19 Using Social Media on Your Smartphone or Tablet

Using Facebook on Your Mobile Device

    Use Facebook on Your iPhone

    Use Facebook on Your Android Phone

    Use Facebook on Your iPad

Using LinkedIn on Your Mobile Device

    Use LinkedIn on Your Smartphone

Using Pinterest on Your Mobile Device

    Use Pinterest on Your Smartphone

Using Twitter on Your Mobile Device

    Use Twitter on Your Smartphone

Chapter 20 Exploring Other Social Media

Discovering Other Social Networks

Discovering Social Bookmarking Services

Discovering Media-Sharing Services

Discovering Other Microblogging Services

Discovering Mobile-Messaging Media

Exploring Other Social Websites


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