By Ryan Hupfer, Mitch Maxson, Ryan Williams; Wiley; $21.99
It’s a kind of cultural currency: Once some new phenomenon becomes the subject of a soft cover book in the For Dummies series, you know it’s arrived. And so it is with MySpace that, thanks to a team of local writers — Ryan Hupfer, Mitch Maxson and Ryan Williams — now gets its own, distinctive black and yellow, 300-page treatment. The book is a straightforward guide to navigating the MySpace universe.
As with other books in the series, the value of MySpace for Dummies lies in its index. This isn’t a book that’s meant to be read from beginning to end so much as a user’s manual to be dipped into as needs arise. That said, readers wishing to get into MySpace will find out how to sign up for an account and create a profile, turn on MySpace safety and security tools, find friends and keep in touch, upgrade profiles with photos and music and take advantage of the increasingly important ways to buy, sell and market on MySpace.
Like most titles in the For Dummies series, this one offers readers plenty of bulleted lists for quicker digestion, numbered step lists for getting through specific processes and helpful Web addresses.