When you set up the Facebook page for your school, did you think you’d be better off using a “Profile” page instead of a fan page? Well, most of us now know that Facebook doesn’t look too kindly on this workaround. And, if they catch businesses masquerading as people, they’ll shut down your page altogether!
But, you’ve spent all this time building up your “friends” and now you can’t imagine having to start over with a new page, right?
If you’ve been playing the waiting game on transitioning your school’s Facebook presence, your procrastination has paid off! Facebook just implemented a tool to make your life MUCH easier.
In addition to being “in compliance” with Facebook, the benefits of a fan page over a profile are things like:
- No limit to fans. Facebook profiles have a limit of 5,000 friends.
- No game requests. Sorry, Farmville lovers.
- Easier for alumni, parents, students, faculty, etc. to get in touch, as you don’t have to approve requests like you do on a profile.
- Now that you can post on Facebook fan pages as the organization or as yourself, they’re more flexible than ever!
As the Mashable article indicates, the transition from a profile to a page is not reversible, so make sure you grab anything that can’t be replaced just in case you hit a glitch. But it’s so worth it. It’ll make your Facebook time management much more efficient, and your users’ experiences will be greatly improved!