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  1. 1. Facebook: The Missing Manual, Third Edition  BY E.A. Vander Veer Copyright © 2011 E.A. Moore. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. Published by O’Reilly Media, Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472. O’Reilly books may be purchased for educational, business, or sales promotional use. Online editions are also available for most titles (http://my.safaribooksonline.com). For more information, contact our corporate/institutional sales department: 800.998.9938 or corporate@oreilly.com. Editor: Dawn Mann Production Editor: Nellie McKesson Compositor: Dessin Designs Indexer: Lucie Haskins Cover Designer: Karen Montgomery Interior Designer: Ron Bilodeau Print History: January 2008: April 2010: February 2011: First Edition. Second Edition. Third Edition. The O’Reilly logo is a registered trademark of O’Reilly Media, Inc. Facebook: The Missing Manual and related trade dress are trademarks of O’Reilly Media, Inc. Many of the designations used by manufacturers and sellers to distinguish their products are claimed as trademarks. Where those designations appear in this book, and O’Reilly Media, Inc., was aware of a trademark claim, the designations have been printed in caps or initial caps. While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this book, the publisher and author assume no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein. ISBN: 9781449397418 [M]
  2. 2. Chapter 3 Finding and Adding Friends I n real life, your social network consists not just of people who work or study where you do, but also of people you’ve formed one-on-one relationships with: teachers, ex-sisters-in-law, bowling buddies, and so on. It’s the same with Facebook: You start with a network of school or work buddies (see Chapter 2), and then add friends one at a time. You can also use Facebook to look up old friends and find new ones. Why would you want to enlarge your Facebook social circle? Well, having friends is really the whole point of joining Facebook. You get to swap lifein-progress tidbits (both serious and silly), share what you’re reading, play online games…the list is endless. But first you need to gather your pals. Read on to learn how.
  3. 3. Chapter 4 Sending Messages to Friends J ust like your email program, Facebook lets you send private Messages to other Facebook members. “Great,” you’re probably thinking, “just what I need: yet another inbox to check.” But before you skip to the next chapter, you might want to give these tools a chance. First off, Facebook makes exchanging Messages dead simple—even easier than regular email. And then there are the slightly zany—but slightly addictive—ways to keep in touch with others that no email program can match. In an effort to mimic the different ways we interact with people in real life, Facebook lets you poke (give a virtual “Hey, how ya doin’?” wave to) friends and write on their virtual message boards for all their—and your—other friends to see, which can lead to the Facebook version of a group hug. Even if you’re not persuaded by any of this, it’s still worth understanding the messaging system since, soon enough, you’ll no doubt get a Facebook Message from one of your friends.
  4. 4. Chapter 5 Exchanging Automatic Updates R emember what keeping up with your friends used to require? Timeconsuming emails (“Sorry it’s been so long…”), potentially intrusive instant messages (“hello? u there?”), even the occasional in-person visit. Not anymore: Thanks to Facebook’s easy-to-activate broadcast and subscription tools, staying in touch is easier than ever. Subscriptions and Notifications, for example, alert you when, say, your best friend uploads a new picture, your softball coach gets off work, or your study buddy posts his analysis of Macbeth. This chapter shows you how to sign up for and tweak these handy updates.
  5. 5. Chapter 7 Facebook and the Real World: In-Person Events C onnecting with online pals in the real world is becoming more and more popular. Facebook’s Event listings help you find out what’s going on in your own backyard—everything from birthday parties and gallery openings to study sessions and protest marches. And because RSVPing to Events lets your Facebook friends see that you’re planning to attend, a tiny get-together can quickly burgeon (“Well, hey, if Bob and Muffy are going, then I’m going!”). This chapter shows you how to find out what Events are happening in your area, who’s attending, and how to set up your own Events. Types of Events Meeting people face-to-face raises privacy issues that don’t exist online. As creepy as someone might be online (leaving weird or threatening notes on your Wall, poking you a hundred times a day, or becoming a fan of every Page you become a fan of ), the worst risks you take are annoyance, embarrassment, and the possible filching of some personal data, all of which Chapter 13 helps you prevent. In person, though, that same creepiness could conceivably translate into actual bodily harm. So be extremely careful if you arrange a real-life meeting with someone (or a group of people) you met on Facebook
  6. 6. Chapter 9 Hiring and Getting Hired I n real life, people hire and fire based on info they get through the grapevine—in other words, through their social networks: “You’re looking for a programmer? My brother-in-law’s the best programmer on the planet! Here’s his number.” Or, “They’re hiring down at my gym. You should throw them a resumé.” Because Facebook’s whole raison d’être is social networking, it should come as no surprise that the site can be a big help in job searches. This chapter shows you how to work the job pool from both angles: If you’re looking for an employee or intern, you can use Facebook to recruit and vet prospects. If you’re job hunting, you can use the site to research jobs and make connections with people who might help you get hired.
  7. 7. Chapter 12 Customizing Facebook and Adding Apps F acebook is a pretty polished-looking site, and it wants to stay that way. Unlike MySpace—where you can customize just about everything on your personal page—you can’t go hog wild changing the way Facebook looks. You can only adjust the layout of your Home page and profile ever so slightly. But you can do something much cooler than, say, changing the background color of your profile page: Facebook lets you add applications (a.k.a. apps)—tiny programs that run inside Facebook. Second only to the friend-to-friend interactions Facebook tracks for you, applications are one of the main reasons for the site’s explosive popularity. Why? They’re fun! And they can be useful, too. Applications let you do everything from silly stuff (like playing games, “spray painting” on your friends’  Walls, or sending your friends virtual potted plants that grow a little each day) to useful things (like creating a terrific-looking resumé right on Facebook). If you can imagine it, somebody’s probably created an application that lets you do it. Facebook granted programmers free access to the Facebook platform (the code they need to write things for the site) in May of 2007, meaning that anybody with the programming chops and the desire could create an application. Since then, the number of applications has skyrocketed to over half a million, according to Facebook. Read on to learn how to find and install applications.
  8. 8. Chapter 14 Facebook Mobile F acebook can be addictive. If you’re away from a computer and feel the need to check in on your Facebook friends, update your status, or upload that photo you just took with your cellphone (nearly half of all Facebook members do), you can use Facebook Mobile on your cellphone to stay in the loop. If you like, you can even use your cellphone (along with a new Facebook application called Places) to “check in”  to your favorite haunts—cafés, bookstores, restaurants, and so on—so that you can easily meet up with your online friends in real life. Whether you travel a lot or just like to stay connected when you’re between work and home, Facebook Mobile is a handy way to keep up with your Facebook friends without a computer. How Facebook Mobile Works Facebook Mobile is an application (see Chapter 12) that lets you use your Internet-ready cellphone to: • Interact with Facebook on your phone’s teeny-tiny screen. Facebook’s Mobile Web feature (page 240) lets you use the browser on your cellphone to see a scaled-down version of the Facebook website. Using your phone’s keypad, you can do things like update your status, find out what your friends are doing, look up people’s phone numbers, and keep tabs on the Events you’ve signed up for.
  9. 9. Index A accounts age restrictions, 9 changing info, 32–35, 73 confirming registration, 16 controlling access to, 218 deactivating, 35 email addresses and, 9 help topics, 204 logging in/out, 31, 32, 218 Mobile tab, 94, 237, 239–240, 244 Networks tab, 39, 40, 42, 43 Notifications tab, 84, 90–91, 171, 241 privacy considerations, 18, 218 Settings tab, 9, 32–35, 73 signing up for, 8–11 activating mobile phones, 237–239 Activities and Interests category (profile info), 19, 29, 150 “Add as Friend” button, 56, 149 “Add Friends to Group” box, 117 adding friends. See friend requests Add Job button, 27 Add Multiple button, 66 Add/Remove Emails link, 30 “Add to News Feed” link, 197 Ads about, 5 newsletter subscriptions, 180 “Ads and Pages” link, 187 Advanced Search 2.0 application, 145 “Advertise on Facebook” page Campaign & Budget section, 186 Design Your Ad section, 183–184 “Pay for Clicks” route, 186 “Pay for Impressions” route, 186 Targeting section, 184–185 advertising on Facebook. See also listings; Marketplace application; Pages; social ads; widgets about, 173 high-dollar options, 191–194 age account restrictions, 9 hiding, 20 aggregator services, 92, 97 AIM (AOL Instant Messenger), 30, 51 All Applications page, 198 All Listings page, 136 Android phones, 246 animated GIFs, 160 answering ads, 138–139 AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), 30, 51 Application Requests link, 198 applications. See also specific applications about, 130, 195, 197–198 adding, 201–202 blocking, 228 bookmarking, 202 creating, 198 deleting, 205–206 finding, 198–200 mobile phones and, 236 privacy considerations, 203, 204, 206, 216, 220, 226–229 recruiting employees via, 142, 144, 145, 148, 198 reporting violations, 233 troubleshooting, 203–204 using, 203 Applications dashboard, 199