For years, I've been sending folks who want to learn how to blog to Melanie Nelson's Blogging Basics 101 blog. When people have questions about Typepad in particular, I send people to Melanie's (and Shannon's) book, Typepad for Dummies. Now, when people ask me questions about Facebook, I'm sending them to Melanie's book, Facebook All-In-One for Dummies -- it's a great resource, for those just learning the ropes and for hardcore users like myself.
Woman on Facebook by English106 via Flickr.
When my review copy of Facebook All-In-One for Dummies arrived, I wasn't sure what to do with it. As the primary manager of the BlogHer Facebook Page, I'm pretty knowledgeable about Facebook so what could I get from this book? It turns out, quite a lot.
I started just flipping through it and quickly realized that a wee refresher in Facebook tools and settings was going to be useful and I flipped right back to the beginning and read it straight through. Good thing I did, because on page 122, I realized I'd somehow turned my subscribe settings off unintentionally. (They're back on now.)
A month later,I used the info on Pages 202 and 203, to answer a question about creating an event (a feature I rarely use.)
Last week, when someone asked me a question about Facebook Insights, I realized I didn't know the answer -- now I do, thanks to Facebook All-In-One for Dummies.
Because Facebook is constantly changing, some of the information was outdated almost from the day of publication but that's the way of technology, it doesn't mean that this isn't a useful book -- it definitely is, particularly if you're a real beginner or if you want to work on marketing and promotions on Facebook. And, if you're someone who feels like you're constantly missing stuff in your feeds, then you really should check out the information about setting up lists (and using them) in Facebook.
Don't take it from me -- listen to Melanie tell you more about what she hopes people get from Facebook All-In-One For Dummies and why she's excited about Facebook and its changes.
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