Convert Facebook profile to Facebook page

Convert Facebook profile to Facebook page

31.03.2011

Did you make a Facebook profile for your company some years ago when the rules were even more fuzzy than they are now? Now it is possible to convert your Facebook profile to a Facebook page, and all your “friends” will become “likers” instead. This is possible with a new tool that Facebook recently released.


Convert Facebook profile into Facebook fan page

It is now possible to convert profiles to like-pages

Mashable wrote about this new feature in a post, and it immediately caught my eye. I think there might quite a lot of companies and associations that wants to convert their old profiles into facebook fan pages right now. Also celebrities and Politicians that have been gathering friends and reached the 5000 friend limit will benefit a lot from changing their profile into a like-page.

How to convert the profile into page?

Click here for accessing Facebooks new tool “migrate“. That one will do the converting for you. Though, you should be aware of a few things; Your photos are not being migrated, neither your Facebook mails or your uploaded videos, just your friends.

Why convert the Facebook profile into page?

There are some reasons why you should do it, otherwise Facebook would not have released this tool.

  • You get rid of the 5000 friends limit that a profile has.
  • Profiles are meant to be personal, it is against Facebook’s rules to have a company profile.
  • You get rid of the friends that are not really your friends, they are just friends with you because they want to follow what you are doing. Like people do on Twitter.
  • you get statistics in pages
  • You don’t need another facebook account(user and password)
  • There can be more then one administrator running the Facebook page
  • You don’t need to approve a fan!
  • You get nice apps/connections to websites
  • Do you know more reasons? Tell me in the comment field! Thanks to Matsadamczak for some great suggestions.

It is not (yet) possible to convert Facebook groups into facebook pages, that is a feature I would like even more.

Do you think that it is fair that they allow us to convert profiles into pages? It is quite easy to have a profile and gather a lot of friends, and then convert it to a fan page, don’t you think that some people that were your friends will be pissed of when they are transferred into “likers” instead? I think that there might come some complications when people starts to convert Facebook profiles into Facebook pages, what do you think?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hanna-Aase/787535586 Hanna Aase

    Greate post but do you think it can be abused: http://www.hannaaase.no/can-it-be-abused

    • http://jonathanbjorkskog.com/ Jonathan björkskog

      I think people might try to abuse the plus one button exactly like that. But one thing might prevent them, You can not change name for a page. So when you change your Facebook profile to page, you are stuck with your name. Of course people can use fake names, but then it is a little harder to make real friends on facebook.

  • Anonymous

    – you get statistics in pages
    – You don’t need another facebook account(user and password)
    – it can be more then one administrator running the facebook page
    – you don’t need to approve a fan!
    – you get nice apps/connections to websites with banners

    • http://jonathanbjorkskog.com/ Jonathan björkskog

      Great! There were some great reasons! I’ll add them to the post! Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/MEPettersson Magnus Pettersson

    But you still did not give an answer on the main question for MUSCH, how can you change a name on your facebook page? Or do we need a plugin to convert it to a profile, change name and convert it back to a new page?

    • http://jonathanbjorkskog.com/ Jonathan björkskog

      No, I still do not know how to change name for a page. Due to Facebook:s rules it is impossible, but I think it can be done by contacting Facebook and asking them to do it. And paying a lot of advertising money to Facebook may help.. :)

  • http://twitter.com/MEPettersson Magnus Pettersson

    But you still did not get an answer on the main question for MUSCH, how can you change a name on your facebook page? Or do we need a plugin to convert it to a profile, change name and convert it back to a new page?

  • Russelguyo

    okininam

  • Elizabeth

    Can you still keep your chat and so, after converting it?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Jonathan.Bjorkskog Jonathan Björkskog

      No, a Facebook page has no chat, not yet anyway. Though, I think it is a thing that will be implemented in the future.

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