Why would our readers want to do such a thing? Perhaps the looming breach of Facebook’s T.O.S. is a good starting point for any of our readers currently using their profile to promote their small business. If that doesn’t do it for our readers, perhaps knowing that the limit of 5k friends is just around the corner and that to have increased connectivity the conversion must take place.
Despite the many reasons our readers may have for converting their Facebook profile to a fan page, today’s post will guide them through the process, the benefits and the potential ways the conversion could fail … along with a slick way to revert, if necessary.
Prior to beginning, we recommend our readers consider using Facebook’s “Download Your Information” tool to extract their profile and related content.
As stated on InsideFacebook.com, the information is made available “in a downloadable zip file”, where “users get html files which include their entire profile, wall, Event history, messages, Notes, a list of their friends, . jpgs of their photos, and .mp4s of their videos, as well as an index file for navigating the content.”
Off With A Bang!
Users logged into their Facebook accounts can click HERE to use the “Profile to Business Page Migration Tool“. Here, our readers will be welcomed by the following information:
At this time only your profile photo and friends will be moved to your new Page. No other content will be moved. You will still be able to log in from your original email address and password.
Users can learn more by clicking HERE.
While many users will at this point understand the dangers of this type of conversion, Facebook has made available a Profile to Business Page Migration Appeal process; while at the same time reminding users that the original migration process is meant for “profiles that do not represent a person.”
Facebook goes on to explain to it’s users that, “if you have accidentally migrated your profile to a Page, you can submit your request for a reversal. Please keep in mind that we will remove your business Page if your profile is restored. We may reject any appeals that we deem to be inappropriate. Further, we may not reply to all submitted appeals.”
What this means, essentially, is that Facebook has the ultimate and final say when it comes to the appeal process. Should your page(s) have been deleted, there’s not much you, us or anyone else can do about it. This harsh reality may make Facebook seem a bit omnipotent, but hey … no one ever said they had to backup their users’ content, did they?
Personally, I’ve been waiting for this feature for some time, as it will allow me to move my ‘friends’ (many of which are more like Twitter followers since I’ve never met them) to a Page and set up a new profile to maintain a more personal relationship with people I actually know. While that might be a somewhat limited use case, it should be a welcome addition for people who were previously a bit too loose in terms of who they accepted into their Facebook network.
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