Profile Migration in Facebook

Posted on Apr 8 2011 - 6:14pm by akhtar

Users who want to migrate from a traditional Facebook Profile to a Facebook Page might think several times before making the leap. The new tool is intended to help brands, local business, organizations or public figures create a new Facebook page while still bringing their friends/ fans along with them.

It’s really nice that that Facebook is offering this tool to users, but those interested in the migration should proceed with extreme caution.

So if you chose business the tool meant by business not individual, The company doesn’t encourage users to convert their profiles to Pages because content doesn’t move over, only connections.

Just looking at the page for the new migration tool, Facebook makes this point clear, but the site isn’t explicit about what this actually means.

Here is what converting a page actually means, in terms of user content:

  • Only your profile photo transfers, no other profile photos or intricate profile information carries over.
  • Any uploaded photos, wall posts, comments and likes disappear.
  • Facebook messages disappear.
  • Any applications linked to a Facebook account lose that connection.
  • The username you have on your profile may or may not transfer over. It means as I am using “Akhtar Rasool Panhwer” after migration the name is also lost as it has been used so I must chose a different name for my new individual account.
  • The resulting account is known as a Business Account and can only be used to create and manage pages, not to engage in personal contact. This means that even if you do create a brand new Facebook profile (more on that later), you have to consistently switch between the 2 accounts for different tasks.

The real trouble, will be when one attempts to re-create a personal profile page.

Forgetting the actual concerns with managing a public page in this way, for starters, re-creating personal profile page required a number of new hoops.

The first problem one can not longer associate himself with any networks or e-mail addresses in use by the other account.

Second, and this is the real issue in such case, one can’t even send friend requests to half of his friend or even some family members because Facebook thinks that he is spamming people dose not actually know. No one can do anything to convince them that he knows said individuals and instead will have to berate his friends to add the new one as a friend.

The real solution, sadly, for individuals looking to migrate, is to create a Facebook page and then try to convince friends to fan that page and look at it as a source of news.

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