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Facebook: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer

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Creating Notes (Blogs)

Ever since "blogosphere" replaced the more mundane "bunch o' personal Web sites," every site worth its salt offers free blogs—easy-to-use online journals where you chronicle your hobbies, family or work life, or whatever you feel like writing about. Facebook offers free blogs, too—it just calls them notes instead.

Note

There's a slight—but very important—difference between notes and regular old blogs: Because Facebook integrates notes with all the other stuff you do on the site (thanks to tagging), notes can actually document the complex social interactions between you and your friends (and your friends and their friends, and so on). It's scary, it's exciting, it's très 21st-century—and it's a marketer's dream come true.

You can either upload an existing blog (if you have one) into notes, or you can create your own notes from scratch. And here's the cool part: You can tag your notes. Tagging a note means associating one or more of your Face book friends' names with the note. For example, say you write a note describing the fishing trip you and your pal Fred took together. You can tag the note with Fred's name, making it easy for Fred—and his Facebook friends—to locate your tale of the trip.

After you create a note, Facebook lists the note's subject line on your profile page (look for the Notes section) so other folks can find your note and comment on it. At the same time, the site automatically sends notifications to all the friends you tagged so they can check ...

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