Social Networking Spaces

Author: Todd Kelsey
Publisher: Apress, 2010
Pages: 536
ISBN: 978-1430225966
Aimed at: General readers fairly new to social networking
Rating: 4
Pros: Fairly comprehensive, well-illustrated
Cons: Little new or different if you are already familiar with social networking
Reviewed by: Sue Gee

New to social networking and bewildered by the options - if so this many be a useful guide.

Author: Todd Kelsey
Publisher: Apress, 2010
Pages: 536
ISBN: 978-1430225966
Aimed at: General readers fairly new to social networking
Rating: 4
Pros: Fairly comprehensive, well-illustrated
Cons: Little new or different if you are already familiar with social networking
Reviewed by: Sue Gee

This step-by-step guide has a very formulaic structure. For each of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedOn, MySpace, Meetup, Ning and blogging it asks "What the Heck Is ?" and then sets out how to use it. It also covers Second Life but seems to have tired of its standard question by this late stage of the book.

Individual chapters also follow a common structure, starting with In this chapter - an overview of what is to come and an Introduction and ending with a conclusion, and all but one (the exception being Chapter One, there is a Q/A section that has tips and further information on offer.

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In the first chapter Todd Kelsey makes the case for using social networks to "capture, preserve and share" your "life story". There is a strong sense of passing information on not only to current friends but also a legacy for future generations with the notion of "personal digital archeology". 

After this introductory chapter the book becomes a very practical guide to social networking sites, starting with Facebook which gets the lion's share of the coverage. As with the rest of the book, the chapters devoted to it are extensively illustrated with screenshots which makes it easy for the novice user of social networking to follow. Having explained the Facebook concept and devoted a chapter to Getting Started with Facebook we arrive at Chapter 4, Capturing Your Story on Facebook which explains how to create and share photo albums and videos on it.

Two chapters are devoted to Twitter and they culminate with the idea of connecting Twitter to Facebook. Similarly at the end of the two chapters on blogging, in which both Google's Blogger and Wordpress are introduced, we come to a section on sharing a blog via Twitter and Facebook.

Next come two chapters that are a bit different in that there is no "What the Heck" question - perhaps we are all expected to be familiar with both Flickr and You Tube, and given their popularity that is very probably the case.

LinkedIn and MySpace are then given the standard treatment and then come some options that are outside the mould - Meetup, which is an online social network that fosters meeting others in person, Ning, a lesser-known social networking site and Second Life, the virtual, social, three-dimensional world.

The final chapter, Going Global, looks at Google tools - Translate and Multilingual chat - that help you interact with people without sharing the same language which promotes the view that social networks provide a way to transcend distances and that a multilingual web can make the world a better place.

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Beginning C for Arduino

Author: Jack Purdum
Publisher: Apress
Pages: 262
ISBN: 978-1430247760
Audience: Arduino beginners with no programming background
Rating: 3
Reviewer: Harry Fairhead

Working with the Arduino is usually seen as a hardware problem, but what about the software? This book aims to educate you about the C langua [ ... ]



Beginning SQL Server 2012 for Developers

Author: Robin Dewson
Publisher: Apress, 2012
Pages: 696
ISBN: 978-1430237501
Aimed at: Developers wanting to learn SQL Server and T-SQL
Rating: 3
Pros: Fairly comprehensive coverage of T-SQL
Cons: Has quite a high percentage of non-developer topics and stops short of CLR
Reviewed by: Kay Ewbank

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