Sunday, 14 February 2016

The Bluffers Guide to Social Media - Susie Boniface: Book Review

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of The Bluffers Guide to Social Media by Susie Boniface, before it is released to the general public. But don't worry, if you want to get your hands on it, it's officially available tomorrow, Monday 15th Feb.

The author is a writer and journalist who won awards for an anonymous blog, so is a dab-hand when it comes to various forms of social media. She's a regular columnist, and thanks Twitter and Facebook for her ongoing online readership.

So, about the book; when The Bluffers Guide to Social Media landed on my doorstep, I had a quick flick through and it wasn't at all what I was expecting. I imagined a 'how-to use social media' manual, marketed at the older generation, mainly the likes of my Pops, who couldn't turn a laptop on, let alone create a Twitter account. He is most definitely a dinosaur, as the book points out.

I read the compact, 128 page book in an afternoon and although I'm well-versed in all things social media, I did learn quite a few things and have a giggle along the way.

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 a RT).
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. 

The book is split into chapters, ranging from the differences between various social media sites, to becoming popular due to sex tapes. It gives a run-down of the 'Users and Abusers' you'll come across online - casting a necessary shadow on the hateful trolls of the internet. And contains a glossary of totes important abbreviations and colloquialisms anyone with a keyboard will find useful. 

For all those that complain about social media, how everyone's brains are fried or how interaction is no longer personal, 'pretty much the same fear arose with the telephone, bicycles, motor cars, nuclear power and the discovery of fire.' It's just another form of advancement. And yes, we are sat behind a keyboard, and no, we're not having face-to-face discussions, but we're still being social. SOCIAL media, hello.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this book, it's a quick and easy read, whilst being insightful, comedic and informative. I think even if you're a social media mogul, you'll like this book as there are so many things that are featured that I never even considered, and I like to think I'm pretty savvy when it comes to all things Twitter and Facebook (and Instagram, and Pinterest).

Rating: 3/5  
* Disclaimer: I was sent this item free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I received no payment for this post and all opinions are 100% my own.


  1. This sounds really interesting! I'm always trying to improve my social media game & the fact that it's an easy read with chapters is very appealing at the moment with my non-existent concentration! This is definitely going on my 'to-by-and-read' list, along with Enhance's Undressing Disability! Xx

    Tania |


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