Facebook - The Missing Manual

E.A. Vander Veer

Publisher O'Reilly
ISBN 9-780-59651-769-4
RRP £12.50
Reviewed by Len Keighley FBCS
Score 7 out of 10

Facebook - The Missing Manual O'Reilly and the author have just added this book to the 'The Missing Manual' series, which, I have to say, places Facebook in very good company, as eBay and Google have been the only other internet application sites that have warranted a book.

I did feel a bit disappointed having read through the book, as I was expecting to find information on hidden elements of Facebook, with which I could enhance my experience. However, it did inform me of some aspects of the site that I was unaware of, so it was not total disappointment.

Facebook is a social networking web site, currently valued at around $15billion by Wall Street.

As with most socialising sites it allows its registered users to link up with each other. What it adds, over some other sites, is the ability to use web-based software with your friends to play games, compare experiences, etc. However, as the manual goes on to explain, it is wider than that, as some major companies are using Facebook to recruit new employees and allow their employees to network within the confines of the company environment. This of course works in both directions as it allows the user to 'advertise' themselves as well as the companies to find them.

The book takes the reader initially through the basics of registration and finding and linking with friends. As well as the joys of 'poking' and I will leave that to your imagination or curiosity to expand upon, it goes on to explain about 'groups'/'shopping' (which is where companies, football teams, band, interests, you name it, all reside), doing business (running projects, hiring and advertising) and finishes with how a user can expand their involvement with power tools and maintain their privacy.

Overall, a useful book that I hope will become even more useful when it is revised to include the inner workings of the phenomenon.

Further information: O'Reilly

June 2008