A Social Media Survival Guide: How to Use the Most Popular Platforms and Protect Your Privacy


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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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6.2 X 9.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Melody (Condron) Karle is a librarian, researcher, presenter, and writer. She currently works at the University of Houston Libraries. Her previous book, Managing the Digital You: Where and How to Keep and Organize Your Digital Life was released in paperback in 2019. She regularly presents at conferences on topics related to social media, personal digital archiving, information organization, and genealogy. At home, she is a gardener and animal rescue volunteer.


Melody Karle's Social Media Survival Guide is a straightforward and useful reference for information professionals and interested individuals alike. Offering practical approaches and perspectives on privacy protection- including safety tips for each platform- this book is a timely release in our era of social saturation, fake news, and phishing. Karle's book is reassuring yet realistic, comprehensive yet concise. A Social Media Survival Guide is a valuable resource that has arrived just in time to help readers navigate the increasingly complicated and intertwined environment of social media.--Lindsay Cronk, Head of Collection Strategies, University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries
Melody Karle's A Social Media Survival Guide is the primer that has been needed for some time now. Karle provides smart guidelines for navigating the shark-infested waters of social media. Need a social media reference manual? No worries! This book is full of explanations and examples that illustrate best practices for today's most popular platforms. Karle caps this pragmatic work with suggestions on preserving social interactions that have become the internet we all rely on every day.--Bobby Reed, Head of Emerging Technologies, The University of Oklahoma Libraries
A Social Media Survival Guide: How to Use the Most Popular Platforms and Protect Your Privacy by Melody Karle is full of pragmatic advice, with an eye towards making people comfortable joining online networks by pointing out the strengths of some of the most popular social sites and apps. Karle provides wary and skeptical new-comers with an easy-to-understand take on safety and privacy online, with lessons-learned and warnings that are wise, rather than dire. This book is perfect for helping you get started with social media, and puts you ahead of many experienced users by taking an in-depth look at each social media platform individually, including terminology, features, and tips. Even the social media savvy can benefit from this book, which is a rich source of best practices and new or hidden features, as well as the author's thoughts on dealing with issues like social media burnout, and turning online connections into in-person opportunities for personal and professional networking. I recommend this book to social media new-comers and advanced users alike. The lessons learned are practical and perfect for learning or teaching others about social media.--Valerie Forrestal, Web Services Librarian/Asst. Professor, College of Staten Island Library, City University of New York
[Karle] offers sage advice on how to use popular social media platforms, like LinkedIn and Facebook, while protecting your privacy. . . This book is easy to read and will appeal to a wide audience, from anyone new to social media to advanced users who want to learn how to better manage and protect their accounts.--Booklist