You and Facebook are having issues. It’s complicated. The friend requests and event invitations that once charmed you now drive you nuts. What was designed to be useful for an intimate group becomes increasingly unwieldy the more friends you add. You’re stuck with the realization that it’s not working anymore. You want out.
Or maybe nothing’s wrong except that you’d like a little privacy.
Wait. Before you oust Facebook in favor of her svelte sister, Google+, you might be able to salvage things. Enter the Facebook profile-to-page migration. Whether to take advantage of the opportunity to convert is a burning question for many writers. Can you still have a profile page? Will you lose friends when you turn them into fans? Will you lose content?
Since I’ve recently converted my profile, I can provide a perspective that may help you make your own decision. I wouldn’t go back to using a profile. I didn’t realize until I converted my profile how much of a toll maintaining it was taking on me. The peace is wonderful. There are no more friend requests to monitor or invitations to consider. Other pluses are that I’m able to schedule posts, review analytics, and promote.
Converting wasn’t an entirely smooth ride for me. I lost followers but less than 1%, and the engagement for my new page is higher than for my profile. Way higher. People take you much more seriously when you convert to a page. It’s amazing. And I figure it was probably a good thing for me to part company with those who didn’t hang with me.
I’ve had some problems connecting my converted page with other sites that automatically search for your page, like klout. I’ll have to work out these problems individually. Also, I miss the interaction with my friends’ profiles. I knew that going in, though, and was willing to accept the loss. Their comments post on my page, so I know they’re still there, but it’s a bit strange. It helped that my profile had become a bit of a forum as writers popped in to answer my questions for writers. I post these Monday through Friday. If you’re interested in participating, here’s my new page address: https://facebook.com/JanalynVoigt. Fortunately, I know many of the same people on Twitter also, so I can look in on them there.
Your profile page does go away since that’s the page you are converting. You can just make a new one, though.
There are risks involved in the conversion process. Things could go wrong on the technical end and you might wind up with a headache of some sort. You have to weigh the possible costs against the results you want to decide if it’s personally worth doing. You can report a problem with a Facebook profile migration or under certain circumstances request that the conversion be reversed.
Be aware (as I wasn’t) that it takes hours for your friends to be converted to followers. At first your page will have zero followers, so don’t panic as I did. It takes a while for them to start showing up. Also the first week things are a little wonky. I didn’t have a home tab or any analytics for about a week.
If you’re ready to take the plunge, here are the steps to take:
- Back up your facebook data here: https://www.facebook.
com/help/212802592074644/?q= back%20up%20page&sid= 0Nqbf0eh7BYdiEI4y
- Just before converting, create a new profile account with a separate log-in.
- Make your new profile an administrator of any Facebook pages you have so they will not be orphaned when you convert. Instructions are here: https://www.facebook.
com/help/187316341316631/?q= admin%20of%20pages&sid= 0W94UL5bog8GvCn3q
- Make sure the profile page you intend to convert is in the name you want for your fan page. Once you convert, unless you have under 200 followers you won’t be able to change it.
- Save any images you want to keep. These may be included in the data, but I haven’t been able to discover how to re-upload them. No one seems to know, at least for the sites I’ve searched. If you know differently, please leave a comment.
- Appoint your new profile as an administrator of any groups you manage. Instructions are here: https://www.facebook.
- Convert your page here: https://www.facebook.com/