Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives

Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives

Randi Zuckerberg

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0062285157

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

With Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives, new media pioneer Randi Zuckerberg offers an entertaining and essential guide to understanding how technology and social media influence and inform our lives online and off.

Zuckerberg has been on the frontline of the social media movement since Facebook’s early days and her following six years as a marketing executive for the company. Her part memoir, part how-to manual addresses issues of privacy, online presence, networking, etiquette, and the future of social change.




















Facebook friendship can establish that you share mutual friends, tastes in books, music, movies, and a sickeningly cute dog named Boo. Lovers, separated by distance, were once forced to rely on letters and timely phone calls to connect. Now, the Internet makes communication easy across any distance. Of course, things can go terribly wrong. Social networking can make everything go from weird to bad, fast. The Broadcast Relationship When Facebook started, it sort of resembled its namesake—an

knew what we were doing all along and laughed about the results afterward. We didn’t share the film publicly afterward (sorry), and we didn’t break the camera. Also, R2 didn’t suffer any lasting trauma from being stuffed in a garbage can. I think. Sorry, Arielle. I realize now, Dad was smart to give us the freedom to experiment with technology. When you learn to ride a bike, at first you have constant supervision from your parents, and you have extra safeguards like training wheels. But

money for hunger, it’s not enough to just say that a certain number of kids go to bed without food every night. It is critical to relate on an emotional level with the struggle and plight of someone who may be in a foreign country and with whom the audience might not feel any natural connection. The one charity e-mail request that, for me, broke through the pack came from a friend of mine who was raising money for a multiple sclerosis charity walk. Normally, these kinds of things all blend into

the epically wonderful and the truly hideous. From Mexican-themed seders to Jersey Shore–themed going-away parties, crazy Vegas getaways to even crazier Tokyo getaways, toddlers to tiaras, you guys are truly the family you choose. Thank you to my amazing and supportive real-life family. Edward, Karen, Mark, Donna, and Arielle Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Harry and Jonah Schmidt, Marla and Eron Tworetzky, Grandma Gert, Beast and Luna, and all my extended family in Florida, California,

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