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My Social Media for Seniors, 2nd Edition

Book Description

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

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. About This E-Book
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Contents at a Glance
  6. Table of Contents
  7. About the Author
  8. Dedication Page
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. About AARP
  11. We Want to Hear from You!
  12. Reader Services
  13. 1 What Social Media Is—and Why We Use It
    1. Understanding Social Media
      1. Defining Social Media
      2. Understanding How Social Media Works
      3. Building Social Communities
    2. A Short History of Social Media
    3. Who Uses Social Media—and Why
    4. Why You’ll Want to Use Social Media
  14. 2 Separating Fact from Fiction Online
    1. Why False Information Flourishes Online
      1. Spreading Lies—Online and Off
      2. A Few Examples...
      3. And a Few More...
      4. Why Do People Believe Fake News?
    2. How to Recognize Fake News, Propaganda, and Opinions Online
      1. Fake News
      2. Outright Lies
      3. Conspiracy Theories
      4. Propaganda
      5. Biased News
      6. Opinions
      7. Satire
    3. How to Tell Real News from Fake News
      1. See if Facebook Flags It
      2. Consider the Source
      3. Verify with Multiple Sources
      4. Consider What Is Being Said
      5. Check with Snopes
      6. Check with Media Bias/Fact Check
    4. How to Avoid Spreading False Information
      1. Read It Before You Share It
      2. Check It Out Before You Share It
      3. If Someone Questions It, Remove It
  15. 3 What to Share—and What Not to Share—on Social Media
    1. Writing a Proper Post
      1. Keep It Short
      2. Keep It Casual
      3. Show It If You Can
    2. Posting Things That People Want to Read
    3. Things You Probably Shouldn’t Share Online
    4. Ten Things to Avoid When Posting Online
      1. 1. Don’t Post if You Don’t Have Anything to Say
      2. 2. Don’t Pick a Fight
      3. 3. Don’t Post Anything That Could Be Used Against You
      4. 4. Don’t Post Overly Personal Information
      5. 5. Don’t Gripe
      6. 6. Don’t Post Personal Contact Information
      7. 7. Don’t Post Your Constant Whereabouts
      8. 8. Don’t Post Rumors, Hoaxes, and Urban Legends
      9. 9. Don’t Post About People Without Their Permission
      10. 10. Don’t Post Sensitive Information
    5. Joining a Conversation—or Not
      1. When to Join a Conversation, and When to Bow Out
      2. What to Share—and What Not to Share
      3. When to Tag Yourself—and Others—in Photos
  16. 4 Using Social Media—Safely and Privately
    1. Is It Safe to Use Social Media?
    2. Smarter Social Networking
      1. Think Before You Click or Tap
      2. Think Before You Post
      3. Don’t Accept Every Friend Request
      4. Unfriend People Who Aren’t Friendly
      5. Keep Your Contacts Private
      6. Don’t Download Third-Party Applications
      7. Don’t Play Social Games
      8. Configure Your Privacy and Security Settings
      9. Use Strong Passwords
      10. Use Different Passwords for Each Account
      11. Install Anti-Malware Tools on Your Device
      12. Trust Your Instincts
    3. Keeping Your Private Information Private
  17. 5 Comparing the Most Popular Social Media
    1. Examining Different Types of Social Media
      1. Social Networks
      2. Media Sharing Networks
      3. Microblogging Services
      4. Message Boards
    2. Discovering the Top Social Media for Older Users
      1. Facebook
      2. Pinterest
      3. LinkedIn
      4. Twitter
      5. Instagram
  18. 6 Keeping in Touch with Friends and Family on Facebook
    1. Signing Up and Signing In
      1. Create a New Facebook Account
      2. Sign In to Facebook
      3. Sign Out of Your Facebook Account
    2. Navigating Facebook
      1. Navigate Facebook’s Android App
      2. Navigate Facebook’s iPhone App
      3. Navigate Facebook’s iPad App
      4. Navigate the Facebook Website
    3. Finding Facebook Friends
      1. Search for Friends on Your Phone
      2. Search for Friends on the Facebook Website
      3. Search for Old Friends
      4. Accept a Friend Request
      5. Unfriend a Friend
    4. Reading the News Feed
      1. View Status Updates
      2. View Links to Web Pages
      3. View Photos
      4. View Videos
      5. Like and Comment on an Update
      6. Share an Update
    5. Posting Status Updates to Your Friends
      1. Post a Status Update
      2. Post a Link to a Web Page
  19. 7 Sharing Pictures and Videos on Facebook
    1. Viewing Friends’ Photos and Videos
      1. View Photos in Your News Feed
      2. View Videos in Your News Feed
      3. View a Friend’s Photo Albums
      4. Share a Photo or Video
      5. Download a Photo
    2. Sharing Your Own Photos and Videos
      1. Share a Photo or Video from Your Mobile Phone
      2. Share a Photo or Video in a Status Update on the Facebook Website
      3. Upload Photos to a New Photo Album
      4. Upload Photos to an Existing Photo Album
  20. 8 Discovering Interesting Groups on Facebook
    1. Participating in Facebook Groups
      1. Search for Groups
      2. Browse For and Join Groups
      3. Visit a Group Page
      4. Read and Reply to Group Posts
      5. Post to the Group
      6. View Group Members
      7. Get Notified of Group Activity
      8. Leave a Group
    2. Following Companies and Celebrities on Facebook
      1. Search for Companies and Public Figures
      2. View a Facebook Page
  21. 9 Configuring Facebook’s Privacy Settings
    1. Determining Who Sees What You Post
      1. Configure Facebook’s Default Privacy Settings
      2. Select Who Can See (or Not See) Individual Posts
      3. Control Who Can Send You Friend Requests
    2. Controlling Tagging
      1. Restrict Who Sees Tag Suggestions in Photos That Look Like You
      2. Limit Who Can See Posts You’re Tagged In
      3. Approve Tags People Add to Your Posts
    3. Managing Who Sees What on Your Timeline
      1. Control Who Sees Specific Information
      2. Hide Sections of Your Timeline
  22. 10 Following Interesting People on Twitter
    1. Signing Up and Signing On
      1. Create and Log In To Your Account—from the Twitter App
      2. Create and Log In To Your Account—on the Web
    2. Navigating Twitter
      1. Navigate the Twitter App
      2. Navigate the Twitter Website
    3. Finding Tweeters to Follow
      1. Accept Twitter’s Recommendations
      2. Follow Your Contacts
      3. Search for People and Organizations to Follow
      4. Unfollow a User
    4. Viewing Your Twitter Feed
      1. View Tweets
      2. Reply to a Tweet
  23. 11 Tweeting and Retweeting on Twitter
    1. Posting Your Own Tweets
      1. Post a Tweet from the Twitter Website
      2. Post a Tweet from the Mobile App
      3. Mention Other Users
      4. Use Hashtags
      5. Tweet a Picture or Video
      6. Add Your Location to a Tweet
    2. Retweeting Tweets from Others
      1. Retweet from the Website
      2. Retweet from the Mobile App
  24. 12 Pinning and Repinning on Pinterest
    1. Getting to Know Pinterest
      1. Navigate the Pinterest Website
      2. Navigate the Pinterest App
    2. Viewing and Saving Pins
      1. View a Pin on the Pinterest Website
      2. View a Pin in the Mobile App
      3. Save a Pin
    3. Saving Pins from the Web
      1. Save a Pin from a Web Page on Your Computer
      2. Save a Pin from a Web Page on Your Phone
    4. Creating New Boards
      1. Create a Board
      2. View Your Boards and Pins
  25. 13 Finding Other Users and Boards to Follow on Pinterest
    1. Browsing and Searching for Pins
      1. Browse via Category
      2. Search by Keyword
    2. Searching for People and Boards
      1. Find and Follow Interesting Boards
      2. Find Other Users to Follow
      3. Unfollow a Board
  26. 14 Fine-Tuning Your Professional Profile on LinkedIn
    1. Signing Up and Logging In
      1. Create a New Account
      2. Sign In to Your Account
    2. Creating an Effective Profile
      1. Edit Your Intro
      2. Add a Profile Picture
  27. 15 Connecting with People and Businesses on LinkedIn
    1. Finding New Connections
      1. Accept LinkedIn’s Recommendations
      2. Search Your Email Contacts
      3. Find Former Co-Workers and Classmates
    2. Working with Messages and Status Updates
      1. Read and Reply to Messages
      2. Compose a New Message
      3. Post a Status Update
    3. Participating in Groups
      1. Find and Join a Group
      2. Interact with Group Members
  28. 16 Sharing Photos with Instagram
    1. Getting Started with Instagram
      1. Downloading and Installing the Instagram App
      2. Sign Up for a New Account
      3. Edit Your User Profile
      4. Link to Your Other Social Media Accounts
    2. Following Friends and Family
      1. Find Facebook Friends
      2. Find Contacts
      3. View Friends’ Photos and Videos
    3. Shooting and Sharing Photos and Videos
      1. Shoot and Share a Photo
      2. Shoot and Share a Video
  29. 17 Getting Social on Special Interest Message Boards
    1. How Message Boards Work
    2. Finding Internet Message Boards
    3. Reading and Posting to Message Boards
      1. Read and Reply to Messages
      2. Start a New Thread
  30. 18 Getting Social with Video Chats
    1. Understanding Video Chatting
    2. Video Chatting with Skype
      1. Add a Contact
      2. Make a Video Call
  31. 19 Using Social Media to Find Old Friends
    1. Choosing the Right Social Network
      1. Start with Facebook
      2. Look for Business Contacts on LinkedIn
      3. Participate in Online Message Forums
    2. Searching for Specific Friends
    3. Searching for Friends from Your Hometown, School, or Workplace
    4. Looking for Mutual Friends
    5. Looking for Friends in Facebook Groups
  32. 20 Exploring Other Social Media
    1. Discovering Other Social Networks
    2. Discovering Social Bookmarking Services
    3. Discovering Media-Sharing Services
    4. Discovering Other Microblogging Services
    5. Discovering Mobile-Messaging Media
    6. Exploring Other Social Websites
  33. Glossary
  34. Index