Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (November 14, 2015)
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I’ve always been a huge fan of social media. What could be better than tools that allow us to communicate immediately with people around the world? To make friends and connections with experts in our field? To share not only our “Kodak moments” but our thoughts, whether they are profound or trivial, with people who care? To get that happy feeling when we get a kind reply or a virtual laugh, from an old friend or even from a stranger.And who better to take advantage of such communication than seniors? There’s no reason to ever be lonely when there’s a whole world of virtual friends at our disposal. Unfortunately, however, many seniors are intimidated by ever-changing technology and often would rather avoid social media than deal with the challenges that can frustrate even the tech-savvy, such as identity theft, viruses, or fraudulent schemes.“Social Media for Seniors” does a great job of explaining five of the most common social media sites, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, in an easily understandable vernacular, giving tips about the best ways to use these sites, which will help to remove any of the fears that might be hindering people from giving social media a try. Explanations require no pre-requisite knowledge, yet are not condescending or “dumbed down.” Even though I’ve been working with technology my whole career and have coached people on the use of social media, I learned a thing or two, and found the book interesting and informative. Though there are some references to “seniors,” the audience could easily be anyone who wants to learn more about social media.
My Social Media for Seniorsby Michael MillerQUE / Pearson Education, Inc.Copyright Â© 2016ISBN: 978-0-7897-5570-4 / 0-7897-5570-X (pbk)Fred Sabin (President, New Jersey Computer Club) Review – November 9, 2015I am in my 70's and communicate with my land-line telephone, email, and written letters. I've never owned a cell phone, and can't see their tiny screens or keypads if I did. Tablets and ebooks are also foreign to me, and although I understand the “cloud” I don't like it since my Internet access is limited. My grandchildren live in a new world of tablets, smart-phones, text, tweet, chat, and face-book that are foreign to me, just as typewriters and cursive writing are foreign to them. This is evidently the new world of Social Media.In order to communicate with the younger generation again I need to change again, from the abacus to the slide rule; calculators to IBM punch-cards on mainframes; DOS with command prompts to Windows GUI; keypads to touch screens; and a new language with portable electronics. What is this Social Media, and how do I join it?Michael Miller to the rescue! He is a computer guru and an acclaimed author of computer books with a focus on the basics, often targeted for seniors. This book therefore had the right title by the right person for what I needed, and it delivered! It was easy to follow and got me started and going in the right direction. I learned a lot and was able to use it immediately. Now my blank stare has been replaced by questions (that I hope are intelligent), and the answers to them now make sense and have increased my knowledge and experience of this previously foreign world.I can find people, places and events on Facebook, and immediately know who is online to chat with.
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