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Social Networking for the Older and Wiser: Connect with Family, and Friends Old and New (The Third Age Trust (U3A)/Older & Wiser) Paperback – 5 Mar 2010
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From the Back Cover
Equipped with a computer and Internet connection, you can stay in touch with friends and family across the globe, and rediscover old acquaintances. Social Networking for the Older and Wiser gently guides you into the world of online clubs, alumni and interest groups, and offers friendly advice to help you get up and running online.
This book is packed with step–by–step instructions on how to use Friends Reunited, Facebook, Twitter, Saga Zone, and other social networks to:
- Create an account on your chosen social network
- Reconnect and stay–in–touch with old friends
- Find others who share your interests and hobbies
- Share messages and photos
- Create your own social groups and clubs online
No prior knowledge is needed. Social Networking for the Older and Wiser starts with the basics before moving onto intermediate topics. Throughout, the book highlights ways to protect your privacy and keep your details secure.
So what are you waiting for? Join in on the social networking phenomenon that is sweeping the nation and reconnect with your friends today!
U3A is a self–help learning cooperative for those no longer in full–time gainful employment. Members come together to share their love of learning through educational, creative and leisure activities. U3A offer their members a wide choice of 300+ subjects in areas such as art, foreign languages, music, history, life sciences, lieterature, poetry, gardening, philosophy, crafts, field studies, archaeology, astronomy and computing. Currently there are over 230,000 members and more the 740 local U3A groups in the UK. Visit U3A online at www.u3a.org.uk
Top customer reviews
- showed me what the point is of sites like Facebook and why I should bother
- gave a very clear, easy-to-follow guide to using the sites, and
- gave much-needed reassurance and guidance about using the sites without putting my computer or my privacy at risk.
The book gives detailed guidance on using the sites (specifically Facebook, Friends Reunited and Twitter, and four others I'd not heard of: Saga Zone, Eons, Meetup and Ning). The text is friendly, easy to follow and well illustrated with pictures of the screen, which I find extremely helpful. It never patronises, but gives really helpful advice to the slightly timid newcomer like me (like reminding you when what you're writing can be read by anyone, or telling you that there's no harm in trying out a feature because it's extremely easy to remove it again if you don't want it). It was almost as good as having a trusted friend sit with you and help you.
I thought this an excellent book and it has both convinced me that there might be some point to all this stuff and given me the confidence to dip my toe into the waters. Highly recommended.
Hoever, that small thing aside, it's a respectful, understanding book filled with excellent advice and clear instructions.
Why chaotic? Well, one example can be found right at the beginning of chapter 1, which starts "Equipment needed: Access to a computer (desktop or laptop) with an Internet connection; your own email address". Listing that as a pre-requisite for chapter 1, then not immediately describing how to get an email address if you haven't got one, not describing what an Internet connection is, and not giving even a basic idea of how to choose a computer seems likely to turn away many people who pick up this book in a bookshop. I certainly have a number of relatives who have not got an email address or Internet connection, and who would have no idea of how to get one. Admittedly, this book does point the reader in the right direction to get an email address, but only 6 pages later, which is not much use if the book has been put back on the shelf as a result of reading the pre-requisite. The book does also describe broadband vs. dial-up, but again not immediately, so too late for some prospective purchases in bookshops.
Other than that, it's not a bad book - actually it's rather good. It certainly spurred me on to improve my usage of a couple of social networking sites, and my wife is now keen to read the book too. It also mentioned some social networking sites that I had not heard of before. Strangely, it only mentioned LinkedIn in an appendix. Being "Older and Wiser" does not necessarily mean that work is a distant memory - more coverage of LinkedIn would have been useful (since I originally posted this review, the author has mentioned that he will post the LinkedIn chapter on his website - a very quick response and very helpful). Also, this book did raise as many questions as it answered (including on details of privacy settings), so it is ok to get you going in the social networking world, but you may have to investigate further to find answers to some questions.
There are clear guides on how to use Faceboot etc and set up web networking. All of which I could not do before reading this book.
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