Stop the press!
About 3 weeks ago I wrote a post called “How to convert your friends from a Personal Facebook Profile to a Facebook Fan Page”. This used to be quite a hassle, because Facebook didn’t offer an easy way to do this.
Yesterday Beatrice Whelan a webdesigner and blogger from Ireland, posted a comment on my blog saying that Facebook now offers an easy, automatic way to convert your friends from a Personal Profile to a Facebook Page.
Here’s what you do:
1. You log into your Profile
2. Open a new tab and go to this page:
3. You then get the ‘Migrate a Page’ Facebook page which looks similar to the normal ‘Create a Page’ Facebook page.
You now need to select the kind of Page you want to set up. Select Local Business or Brand or Institution, etc.
Once you make your choice, only your (confirmed) friends will be converted to people who ‘Like’ your new Page. Also your profile photo will be converted to your new Page.
The other content such as your uploaded photos, your wall content, etc will not be converted to your new Business Page. So, before you make your choice, make sure you dowload your profile information! Click here to find out how.
After you have made your choice and have created your Page, you will still be able to log-in with your original email address and password.
So, you can now select a type of Page and create it!
4. You now see your new Page and the ‘Get started’ screen
As you can see, your profile picture is converted and your friends are now converted to ‘Likes’ on your new Business Page.
Anything else you need to know?
Well, yes. It’s good to know that your old Personal Profile now does not exist anymore.
It became a Business Account.
The Business Account is still under your old email address and password. So you can log in to your new Business Page.
The Business Account allows you to adminiter your Pages and run ad campaigns.
Of course you can assign new admins to your Page, as well as operate your new Page ‘as a Page’. Which is one of the changes Facebook made when they launched the redesign of Facebook Pages.
For more information, go to the Facebook Help Center section about ‘Converting your Profile into a Page’.
Alrighty. That’s it. Beatrice, thanks for the heads up. And for all of you having to convert your Personal Facebook Profile to a Business Page: good luck! Make sure to get come great content flowing!
Oh – and Knut Knutsen? Knut was just a test Page. No dating requests please :p