Why should I convert my Facebook Profile to a Page and How?

Facebook Pages

If you have spent any time on Facebook you surely know the difference between Personal Profiles and Pages.

In case you don’t know the basic definition of a profile, it is a personal space on Facebook that you can share thoughts and events about your life with your friends.

A page on the other hand usually represents a Business, a Place, a Thing or anything that is not a person. Sure there are pages for high profile people and celebrities, but normally a person would just create a profile.

Facebook Pages

So by now most people that use Facebook know the difference, but yet I see all the time companies setting up personal profiles instead of a page.

Why they do this I don’t know! Lack of understanding of how the Facebook ecosystem works? I’m not sure.

Whatever the reason, you really don’t want to setup a profile for your business! Plain and simple your business needs a PAGE.

Why? Why do I need a page and not a profile?

  • You can have multiple admins of a page (think employees, management, etc) without sharing your login credentials to your personal profile.
  • People don’t need to ‘Friend‘ you, they can just simply ‘Like‘ your page.
    (Many people do not want to be a businesses friend, they just want to show their ‘Like’ for it. Also by asking for a ‘Friend’ request you are asking them to share their profile with you! I don’t want you to see my profile!!! That’s why I ‘Like’ pages, I can interact with them but they cannot see anything that is not public on my profile.)
  • People can ‘Share‘ your page!
    (This is a biggie for anyone that wants more fans.)
  • People can find your page easily in the search box.
  • All posts on pages are public so even people that don’t like your page can still read them.
    (This is good for getting new page likes.)
  • You can use Facebook Ads for your page to get new ‘Likes‘.
    (This could convert into new paying customers)
  • You can boost individual posts to get a better response to that particular post.
    (This is another type of pay-per-view ad but for individual posts, think sales or new products. It’s also pretty inexpensive for the exposure you get for that one post)
  • You get Facebook Insights which is an analytic display of all your fans and how your page is doing.
  • Last and most important -> It is a violation of the Facebook terms of service to use a personal account to represent something other than yourself.
    (This is a REAL BIGGIE! If Facebook decided to crack down, they can terminate the profile for your business and you will have no recourse.)

So with all these pluses and a BIG minus, why would you want a profile page for your business?

Hopefully by now you know the answer is you don’t!

So what do you do if you already setup a profile for your business and have a bunch of friends that you don’t want to lose? Keep reading and I will show you how to convert your Facebook profile into a Facebook page. And of course if you don’t want to attempt this yourself you can always hire me to do it for you. :)

There are a few things to know about converting your personal profile into a page.

  • When you convert your personal account to a Facebook Page, a business account will be created to manage your Page.
  • Facebook will transfer your current profile picture and then add all your friends and followers as people who like your Page.
  • Your profile account username will become the username for your new Page, and the name associated with your personal account will become your Page’s name.
    (If you want your Page to have a different name, consider creating a new one.)

No other content will be carried over to your new Page, so be sure to save any important content before beginning the conversion:

  1. Download your timeline information.
    (More information about downloading the file that contains all of your sent and received messages and all of the photos and videos you’ve uploaded to Facebook can be found here here.)
  2. If you created any groups under your profile you have to appoint a new group admin to any groups you manage. You’ll be unable to manage groups once the conversion begins.
  3. For full access to all page features, manage your new page from a personal account or add admin users to your Page.

When you’re ready, start converting your personal account to a Facebook Page here.

Once your conversion finishes you will still be able to log in from your original email address and password to manage that page, but I recommend logging in from your real personal account and manage it as an admin of the page.

I have converted several profiles to pages in the past and all goes pretty smooth. Just remember you WILL LOSE all content on the profile but you will keep all your friends as new fans.

It is worth doing this now instead of waiting, the longer you wait the more content you will lose and the greater chance you have of Facebook cracking down on an illegal profile.

Have you ever done a conversion? How did it go? Let me know in the comments below.

There is NO ATM PIN Number Reversal System!

Since yesterday I have seen this hoax once again being passed around Facebook.

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The gist is this:

If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM, you can notify the police by entering your PIN in reverse. For example if your PIN is 1234 then you would put in 4321. The ATM recognizes that your PIN is backwards from the ATM card you placed in the machine. The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will be immediately dispatched to help you. This information was recently broadcast on TV and it states that it is seldom used because people don’t know it exists. Please pass this along to everyone possible.

While this sounds like a good idea it is NOT real.

Think about a pin that is not reversible, something like 6446.

Of course if this system was real banks would have to force everyone to re-establish their pin numbers so that a reversible pin could be established.

According to Wikipedia there is such technology available since 1986, however there has never been an implementation.

Of course Snopes has the disputing evidence too, but it seems that people just don’t take the time to research if something really is real before just passing it on.

Sorry if you were one to pass this hoax on.

Are there any other hoaxes that you see currently floating around the social web? Let me know in the comments below.


My guide to funny faces (emoticons) on Facebook

If you have been on Facebook for any length of time I am sure you have seen these little icons depicting smiles, hearts, etc.

Some people love them others not so much.

Well love them or hate them back in October 2012 Facebook has added them to comments and replies. They used to only be in the chat window but now you can add them right to your comments.

You still cannot use them in a status update yet.

Here is a list of emoticons I have compiled that you can use on Facebook. Some of the emoticons have more than one way of displaying them.

To use them just type the shortcut or copy/paste it exactly as it is below. Remember some have more than one way to display them, I have separated multiple ways with 3 spaces…

Emoticon Name Shortcut – What you Type
 angel angel O:) O:-)
 putnam Chris Putnam :putnam:
 confused confused o.O O.o
 cry cry :'(
 curlylips curly lips :3
 devil devil 3:) 3:-)
 frown frown :-(   :(   :[   =(
 gasp gasp :-O :O :-o :o
 glasses glasses 8-) 8) B-) B)
 grin grin :-D :D =D
 grumpy grumpy >:( >:-(
 heart heart <3
 kiki kiki ^_^
 kiss kiss :-*   :*
 pacman pacman :v
 penguin penguin <(“)
 poop poop :poop:
 robot robot :|]
 shark shark (^^^)
 smile smile :-)   :)   :]   =)
 squint squint -_-
 sunglasses sunglasses 8-|   8|   B-|   B|
 FacebookChatEmoticonsTumbUpLikeMessengeRoo1 Thumbs Up (Y)
 tongue tongue :-P   :P   :-p   :p   =P
 unsure unsure :/   :-/   :\   :-\
 upset upset >:O   >:-O   >:o   >:-o
 wink wink ;-)   ;)


Pretty decent size list of emoticons, but wait there’s more.

There seem to be many more that I don’t know the codes to yet as the image below is a compiled image Facebook has stored on it’s server for the emoticons.

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Wait who is Chris Putnam?

Geeky story here -> http://gizmodo.com/5767239/how-hacking-facebook-got-this-man-hired-by-facebook

Please respect your friends…

Just remember, not everyone likes these emoticons. Some even think they are childish and go so far as to block them totally.

Please help me add to this list.

If you find more codes please leave the code and the icons description in the comment section below so I can add them to my list.


How to import your blog feed into Facebook

There are several ways of doing this, but I am going to show you how to do it using the tools Facebook offers directly.

If anyone uses a service to do this like TwitterFeed or something similar, feel free to post in the comments below and let me know your feelings about their service. I for one don’t like to rely on third party services unless it is absolutely necessary.

To start, you must first have a blog, it could be self hosted on your own domain name or it could be on Blogger.com or WordPress.com. It doesn’t really matter where your blog is you just need to have an RSS feed which all blogs do.

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Can Facebook negatively affect your relationship?

I am sure you have heard of Facebook by now, unless you have been living on another planet. Facebook, the social network that has over 200 million users worldwide, is a place to connect with friends, co-workers, classmates and family to share your pictures, send virtual gifts and share snippets of your daily life.

This all sounds great, right? For the most part it is, however there are times that the fun and connection can lead to problems in your relationship with your partner. I am sure some of you are saying “No”, “Not Me”! But most will have to agree that the connections you make on Facebook can affect the relationship you have at home.

First let me say this is from a guy’s perspective and I don’t know how a woman’s perspective would differ. If you are a woman reading this blog post, please do leave your comments below, I would love to hear your side.

Let’s put aside the issue of how much time you spend on the computer and neglect your partner; that is for a whole different post. Today the question I am posing to you is what effect does Facebook have on your relationship.

Assume that you and your partner both have Facebook accounts and you are both linked as “In a Relationship” -or- “Married“. Let’s also assume that you have no separate “Secret” Facebook accounts that you are hiding from your partner; that is also a subject for a whole different post. If this is the case, then all should be fine in Facebook world, no?

Not so fast, it is all fun and games when you send each other virtual gifts, poke each other, play Texas Holdem and even write on each others walls and status updates. I have even seen some profiles where both partners appear in each others profile pictures.

But what happens when a “Friend” from the past (before your current relationship) shows up on your partner’s friend list? Is it just Facebook so it doesn’t matter? Would you care at all? Even if your relationship is rock solid would there not be any question in your mind about this new found friendship?

It can be very easy for Facebook to cause troubles in paradise with a simple “Accept Friend Request“. Would it not matter to you in the least that your partner has made a connection with someone that he or she was involved with in the past? If it does matter, what would you do?

  • Would you fight with your partner?
  • Would you ask your partner to delete this friend?
  • Would you throw the computer out the window?

I would love to hear either side of this argument, please feel free to post in the comment section below.