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Monday, 15 February 2016

Book Review: The Bluffer's Guide to Social Media

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to pass as an expert in the world of social media. Know what to say, what not to say, what to post, what not to post, and what excuses to make if you don't know the difference between a tweet and a dweet, or even a retweet (which, any tweeple worth their salt will know is always called an RT).

Never again confuse a LOL with a ROFL, a selfie with a shelfie, or Godwin's Law with the Streisand Effect. Bask in the admiration of your fellow social media aficionados as you pronounce confidently on the chances of Facebook going the way of Friends Reunited and Bebo, and why MySpace could be the Casio keyboard of the 21st century.

Above all don't hold back when it comes to saying what you really think of trolls, pointing out that there has never yet been one who had a healthy mental attitude, a steady job and the requisite intelligence to write anything worth reading.

Do ask: What's the point of Tumblr?
Don't say: I've got this great idea for a blog on cats that look like biscuits.

Image credit: Bluffer's Guides
If you haven't heard of the Bluffer's Guides before, where have you been? The bestselling series has been around for more than 40 years now, recently surpassing the impressive milestone of selling more than 5 million copies.

The Bluffer's Guide to Social Media is the latest book in the series, and as the name suggests, it gives you an insight into all things social media. Starting the title, I was a little wary of finding it to be merely dumbing down social media for the less tech-savvy, but luckily, I was pleasantly surprised. The guide is packed with interesting information, insights and tips, meaning it's perfect for those who are new to social media, as well as social media pros.

Stylish and easily navigable

It's laid out in a simple and easy to navigate way, while still looking stylish and attractive to the eye. Chapters are interspersed with quotes and further divided by easily navigable subheadings, meaning you can dip in and out of the book at will, and easily find specific sections to refer back to for future reference.

Covering all the online platforms as well as social media's surprisingly detailed history, there's something in the guide for everyone. At less than 150 pages it's short and concise, yet it's surprising just how comprehensive a guide is packed into its pages.

At the end of the day, it does what it says on the tin. You want a detailed, slightly quirky guide to social media? This is that book.

Rating: 3 stars.

Find out more about the book here, or buy a copy here.

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