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  • Facebook security and privacy changes
  • Changes to Facebook interface and functionality (including Facebook Live video)
  • Changes to Pinterest interface and functionality
  • Focus on Skype and Facebook Video Chat (and NOT on Google Hangouts)
  • Coverage of new social media, such as Tik Tok, and removing coverage of older social media no longer with us, such as Google+ 


  • Copyright 2020
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 304
  • Edition: 3rd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-591163-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-591163-1

My Social Media for Seniors

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 along the way

Learn how to get the most out of social media!

We’ve identified the essential 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!

· Learn the pros and cons of social media and how to use it safely

· Find out what to share–and what not to share–on social media

· Distinguish between fake news and real news online

· Use social media to find friends, family, schoolmates, and co-workers

· Keep in touch with friends and family on Facebook®

· Save and share interesting images on PinterestTM

· Connect with people and businesses on LinkedIn®

· Tweet and retweet on TwitterTM

· Share photos on InstagramTM

· Use Skype to participate in video chats with friends and family members

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Examining Different Types of Social Media

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What Social Media Are–and Why We Use Them

Understanding Social Media

Defining Social Media

Understanding 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 Separating Fact from Fiction Online

Why False Information Flourishes Online

Spreading Lies–Online and Off

A Few Examples...

And a Few More...

Why Do People Believe Fake News?

How to Recognize Fake News, Propaganda, and Opinions Online

Fake News

Outright Lies

Conspiracy Theories


Biased News



Some “Fake News” Is Real

How to Tell Real News from Fake News

Consider the Source

Verify with Multiple Sources

Consider What Is Being Said

Check with Snopes

Check with Media Bias/Fact Check

If a Politician Says It’s Fake, It’s Probably Real

How to Avoid Spreading Fake News

Read It Before You Share It

Check It Out Before You Share It

If Someone Questions It, Remove It

Chapter 3 What to Share–and What Not to Share–on Social Media

Writing 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 About 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 4 Using Social Media–Safely and Privately

Is It Safe to Use Social Media?

Smarter Social Networking

Think Before You Click or Tap

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 Device

Trust Your Instincts

Keeping Your Private Information Private

Chapter 5 Comparing the Most Popular Social Media

Examining Different Types of Social Media

Social Networks

Media Sharing Networks

Microblogging Services

Message Boards and Comment Sections

Discovering the Top Social Media






Chapter 6 Keeping in Touch with Friends and Family on Facebook

Signing Up and Signing In

Create a New Facebook Account

Sign In to Facebook

Sign Out of Your Facebook Account

Navigating Facebook

Navigate Facebook’s Android App

Navigate Facebook’s iPhone App

Navigate Facebook’s iPad App

Navigate the Facebook Website on a Computer

Finding Facebook Friends

Find Friends on Your Phone

Find Friends on the Facebook Website

Search for Friends

Accept a Friend Request

Unfriend a Friend

Reading the News Feed

View Status Updates

View Links to Web Pages

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

Chapter 7 Sharing Pictures and Videos on Facebook

Viewing Friends’ Photos and Videos

View Photos in Your News Feed

View Videos in Your News Feed

View a Friend’s Photo Albums

Share a Photo or Video

Download a Photo

Sharing Your Own Photos and Videos

Share a Photo or Video from Your Mobile Phone

Chapter 8 Discovering Interesting Groups on Facebook

Participating in Facebook Groups

Search for Groups

Browse For and Join Groups

Visit a Group Page

Read and Reply to Group Posts

Post to the Group

View Group Members

Get Notified of Group Activity

Leave a Group

Following Companies and Celebrities on Facebook

Search for Companies and Public Figures

View a Facebook Page

Chapter 9 Configuring Facebook’s Privacy Settings

What Facebook Tracks–and Why

Configuring Privacy Options

Review Important Privacy Settings

Control Facebook’s Face Recognition

Configuring Account Security Options

Review Account Security Settings

Configuring Advertising Preferences

Review Facebook Ad Settings

Viewing Your Facebook Information

Access and Manage Your Information

Chapter 10 Following Interesting People on Twitter

Signing Up and Signing On

Create and Log In To Your Account–from the Twitter App

Create and Log In To Your Account–on the Web

Navigating Twitter

Navigate the Twitter App

Navigate the Twitter Website

Finding Tweeters to Follow

Accept Twitter’s Recommendations

Follow Your Contacts

Search for People and Organizations to Follow

Unfollow a User

Viewing Your Twitter Feed

View Tweets

Reply to a Tweet

Chapter 11 Tweeting and Retweeting on Twitter

Posting Your Own Tweets

Post a Tweet from the Twitter Website

Post a Tweet from the Mobile App

Mention Other Users

Use Hashtags

Tweet a Picture or Video from Your Phone

Tweet a Stored Photo

Add Your Location to a Tweet

Retweeting Tweets from Others

Retweet from the Website

Retweet from the Mobile App

Chapter 12 Pinning and Repinning on Pinterest

Getting to Know Pinterest

Navigate the Pinterest Website

Navigate the Pinterest App

Viewing and Saving Pins

View a Pin on the Pinterest Website

View a Pin in the Mobile App

Save a Pin

Saving Pins from the Web

Save a Pin from a Web Page on Your Computer

Save a Pin from a Web Page on Your Phone

Creating New Boards

Create a Board

View Your Boards and Pins

Chapter 13 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 14 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 Intro

Add or Change a Profile Picture

Chapter 15 Connecting with People and Businesses on LinkedIn

Finding New Connections

Accept LinkedIn’s Recommendations

Search Your Email Contacts

Find Former Co-Workers and Classmates

Working with Messages and Status Updates

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 16 Sharing Photos with Instagram

Getting Started with Instagram

Download and Install the Instagram App

Edit Your User Profile

Link to Your Other Social Media Accounts

Following Friends, Family, and Others

Find Facebook Friends

Find Contacts

View Friends’ Photos and Videos

Shooting and Sharing Photos and Videos

Shoot and Share a Photo

Shoot and Share a Video

Chapter 17 Getting Social on Message Boards and Comments Sections

How Message Boards Work

Finding Internet Message Boards

Reading and Posting to Message Boards

Read and Reply to Messages

Start a New Thread

Chapter 18 Getting Social with Video Chats

Understanding Video Chatting

Video Chatting with Skype

Add a Contact

Make a Video Call

Chapter 19 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

Looking for Mutual Friends

Looking for Friends in Facebook Groups

Chapter 20 Exploring Other Social Media

Discovering Other Social Networks

Discovering Media-Sharing Services

Discovering Other Microblogging Services

Discovering Mobile-Messaging Media

Exploring Other Social Websites


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