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Facebook® & Twitter® For Seniors For Dummies®

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A fun and easy social media guide for the over-55 set

People over 55 were the fastest-growing user group on Facebook in the first half of 2009, and they're flocking to Twitter at a faster rate than their under-20 grandchildren. From basic information about establishing an Internet connection to rediscovering old friends, sharing messages and photos, and keeping in touch instantly with Twitter, this book by online expert Marsha Collier helps seniors jump right into social media.

  • Seniors are recognizing the communication possibilities of Facebook and Twitter and are signing up in record numbers

  • This plain-English guide explains how to get online, set up a Facebook profile, locate friends, post public and private messages, share photos, create events, follow local businesses and friends on Twitter, create a blog, play games, and more

  • Marsha Collier explains every step with the same friendly, comfortable style that has made her eBay For Dummies books bestsellers

Facebook & Twitter For Seniors For Dummies supplies everything seniors need to function confidently on these two social media platforms.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Author's Acknowledgments
  4. Publisher's Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
    1. About This Book
    2. Conventions Used in This Book
    3. Foolish Assumptions
    4. How This Book Is Organized
      1. Part I: Computer and Internet Basics
      2. Part II: Putting Your Face onto Facebook
      3. Part III And Now, It's Twitter Time
      4. Part IV: The Rest of the Social Networking Story
    5. Where to Go from Here
    6. Feedback, Please
  6. I. Computer and Internet Basics
    1. 1. Getting a Computer Ready for the Internet
      1. 1.1. Pick Hardware to Match Your Computer Use
      2. 1.2. Know What Hardware Options to Look For
      3. 1.3. Shop for Your Computer of Choice
      4. 1.4. Browse for a Browser
    2. 2. Hooking Up to the Internet
      1. 2.1. Select an Internet Service Provider
      2. 2.2. Set Up a Dial-Up Connection
      3. 2.3. Choose a Broadband Network Option
      4. 2.4. Connect a Powerline Network
      5. 2.5. Connect a Wireless Network
      6. 2.6. Remember These Rules to Stay Safe Online
    3. 3. All About E-Mail
      1. 3.1. Check Out Places to Get Your E-Mail Service
      2. 3.2. Meet the Big Three Web-Based E-Mail Providers
      3. 3.3. Pick a Pick-Proof Password
      4. 3.4. Sign Up for a Gmail Account
      5. 3.5. Add Your Contacts
      6. 3.6. Compose and Send an E-mail
    4. 4. Speaking the Social Networking Language
      1. 4.1. Gather on Facebook
      2. 4.2. Communicate through Twitter
      3. 4.3. Find a Spot on MySpace
      4. 4.4. Get Connected on LinkedIn
      5. 4.5. See It All on YouTube
      6. 4.6. Have Your Say on BlogSpot
      7. 4.7. Share Photos on Flickr
      8. 4.8. Stream Music on Pandora
      9. 4.9. Watch TV and Movies on Hulu
  7. II. Putting Your Face onto Facebook
    1. 5. Preparing Your Facebook Profile
      1. 5.1. Sign Up for a Facebook Account
      2. 5.2. Find Friends Initially
      3. 5.3. Add Your Personal Information
      4. 5.4. Upload Your Profile Photo
      5. 5.5. Fill Out Other Profile Information
      6. 5.6. Go Back to Edit Your Profile Later
    2. 6. Preparing to Share Info
      1. 6.1. Get Your Privacy and Security Settings in Place
      2. 6.2. Meet Your Facebook Home Page
      3. 6.3. Review the Profile Everyone Sees
      4. 6.4. Update Your Status
      5. 6.5. Delete a Status Update or Other Post
      6. 6.6. Add a Photo to Your Wall
      7. 6.7. Share a YouTube Video on Facebook
      8. 6.8. Post an Event to Your Wall
    3. 7. Connecting with Friends and Family
      1. 7.1. Make the Navigation Bar Your First Stop
      2. 7.2. Find a Friend with Facebook Search
      3. 7.3. Send a Friend Request
      4. 7.4. Find Friends in Other Friend Lists
      5. 7.5. Respond to a Friend Request
      6. 7.6. Connect with a Facebook Network
      7. 7.7. Send Private Messages to Friends
      8. 7.8. Retrieve a Private Message
      9. 7.9. Chat with Your Friends
      10. 7.10. Post Messages on a Friend's Wall
      11. 7.11. Comment on a Friend's Status
      12. 7.12. Post a Note
      13. 7.13. Remove Messages from Your Wall
    4. 8. Adding Photos and Videos to Facebook
      1. 8.1. Upload a Photo to Your Account
      2. 8.2. Create a Photo Album
      3. 8.3. Tag Photos
      4. 8.4. Untag Yourself in a Photo
      5. 8.5. Delete a Photo
      6. 8.6. Upload a Video to Facebook
    5. 9. Exploring Groups, Events, and Games
      1. 9.1. Find Your Favorite Things on Facebook
      2. 9.2. Join a Facebook Group
      3. 9.3. Start a Facebook Group
      4. 9.4. Communicate with Group Members
      5. 9.5. Create an Event Invitation
      6. 9.6. Review Upcoming Events
      7. 9.7. Export an Event to Another Calendar
      8. 9.8. Have Some Fun with Games and Applications
      9. 9.9. Browse Facebook Apps and Games
  8. III. And Now, It's Twitter Time
    1. 10. A Beginner's Guide to Twitter
      1. 10.1. Register with Twitter
      2. 10.2. Find People to Follow
      3. 10.3. Adjust Your Account Settings
      4. 10.4. Upload Your Avatar
      5. 10.5. Select a Theme for Your Profile Page
      6. 10.6. Set Up Notices
      7. 10.7. Know Twitter Shorthand
    2. 11. Conversing on Twitter with Friends, Family, and More
      1. 11.1. Follow Basic Guidelines for Conversing
      2. 11.2. Pass Along a Chosen Tweet
      3. 11.3. Favorite Your Favorite Tweets
      4. 11.4. Search for Tweeted Topics
      5. 11.5. Know What to Tweet About
    3. 12. Gathering Tools of the Twitter Trade
      1. 12.1. Search for Tweeps on WeFollow
      2. 12.2. Add Yourself to WeFollow
      3. 12.3. Find Trends with Summize
      4. 12.4. FollowFriday, FF, and Other Hashtags
      5. 12.5. Connect with People
      6. 12.6. Keep Track of Hundreds, Thousands of Friends?
      7. 12.7. View Your Friend Lists
  9. IV. The Rest of the Social Networking Story
    1. 13. Sharing (and Grabbing) Photos, Videos, and Music
      1. 13.1. Give Credit When You Share
      2. 13.2. Make Your Links Short
      3. 13.3. Share Your Photos with Twitpic
      4. 13.4. Become an Online Deejay (DJ)
      5. 13.5. Spin Your Songs for Online Friends
      6. 13.6. Find and Share Videos on YouTube
    2. 14. Giving or Taking an Opinion
      1. 14.1. Check Out Angie's List
      2. 14.2. Find Anything (and Its Reviews) on Amazon
      3. 14.3. Find Restaurants, Shopping, and Nightlife on Yelp
      4. 14.4. Register on Yelp to Leave Reviews
      5. 14.5. Leave a Review on Yelp
      6. 14.6. Read Between the Lines at Review Sites
      7. 14.7. Find Hotel Reviews on TripAdvisor
      8. 14.8. Add a Hotel Review on TripAdvisor
      9. 14.9. Find a Good Movie on Flixster
      10. 14.10. Leave a Comment on Flixster
    3. 15. So You Want to Be a Blogger?
      1. 15.1. Answer These Questions Before You Start
      2. 15.2. Stake Your Claim in the Blogosphere
      3. 15.3. Register Your Blog
      4. 15.4. Give Your Blog a Name
      5. 15.5. Choose a Template
      6. 15.6. Post Your Story with Photos
      7. 15.7. Set Up Your Profile