Another day, another book. This time it’s “The Facebook Guide for People Over 50“ by Paul McFedries.
Before I even open that book I asked myself a question: is it really necessary to write guidebook for specific age group? But reading the book I understand that this is just another way of explaining what’s Facebook is all about. Let me just say: not only 50+ folks should read that book.
First question some people (who are not familiar with Facebook) may ask is – what do I need Facebook for?
What people 50+ can do on Facebook according to Paul:
- “keep in touch” –> your friends and family members live in another state/country but you wish to know what’s going on in their lives. Facebook will help you.
- “share your life” –> Pictures, videos, news from home – all of that in one place. Some great information regarding your birthday party or maybe you want to share some pictures of that great golf course – yes you can share that on Facebook
- “make connections” –> lets say you want to get in touch with your old friends, you can do that on Facebook (you can search by typing their names in the search box or e-mail address). When you want to make new connections – the easiest way is to look at your friends’ “friends list” and that way you can make decision whether you want to add someone to your friends’ list. But also you can “like” somebody’s Facebook Page, it means you can search for Facebook Fan Page of your favorite writer, movie star, doctor, restaurant, TV show, hobby, etc.
- “learn new things” –> you read/heard something interesting and you can share that with others on Facebook so they can read that too. It works both ways, there are tons of more/less interesting information your friends/family/experts are sharing on Facebook
- “make a difference” –> do you want to share some important message (regarding some event, discounts, etc.). You can share that on Facebook but also you can find those information there.
- “have fun” –> you can use Facebook for work, activism, politics, etc. don’t forget that you should have fun.
Facebook offers a diverse and thriving community of games and the people who play them, so whether you’re into crosswords or Scrabble or poker, there’s a Facebook game for you.
…which means absolutely everything the same as other age groups.
If you are new on Facebook and after few days while you found most of your friends and family all over the world, you don’t know what else to do there….let me just tell you, it’s just the beginning of the adventure.
to be continued…