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  • Copyright 2020
  • Pages: 304
  • Edition: 3rd
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-591367-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-591367-3

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 Pinterest™

·         Connect with people and businesses on LinkedIn®

·         Tweet and retweet on Twitter™

·         Share photos on Instagram™

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

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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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