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How to Turn Your Facebook Profile Into a Fan Page

March 31, 2011 - Posted by Shama Kabani

Facebook has recently made available a tool which will allow you to convert your personal Facebook profile into a Facebook Page (also known as a Fan Page). A quick refresher: profiles are for people. Pages are for businesses, brands, puppies, and yes…people. So, a person can have a profile and a page, but a business for example, cannot have a profile. A business must have a page.

If someone wants to friend you on Facebook, they go through your profile. This is a mutual relationship. If someone wants to connect with you, and you don’t know who they are, they can connect with you via a page by “Liking it.”  This used to be called “Fanning” a  page.

You can turn your profile into a page by going here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php?migrate.

This is perfect IF –

1)    You originally created a profile for your business instead of a page.

2)    You are a public persona, and have been using your profile as a page –  to connect with fans, etc.  Facebook limits you to 5000 friends.

Do NOT convert to a page if you are using Facebook to connect with family and friends only, because you will not be able to send them individual messages, or write on their walls if they only make that feature available to “friends.”

Please note –

1)     All your profile pictures will be transferred, and your current Facebook friends will be moved from friends to people who “like” your page. You will not be able to send them individual messages.

2)     No other content, such as information & things they may have posted, will be carried over. Please back up all your FB content before you make the switch. My favorite service for Facebook back-ups in http://socialtoo.com. (Currently down due to them switching servers, but will be back up again in a day).

3)     You cannot move your friends to a current fan page. If you already have a fan page setup, they will not be added to it. You will have to setup a new fan page.

Any questions? Please ask away!

17 Responses to How to Turn Your Facebook Profile Into a Fan Page

  1. Anuj Uppal says:

    Hi,
    I had started with a fb page and then incorporated my business using a PAGE, they are both linked. Do you think it is a good idea to convert my profile into a page.

    Thanks
    Anuj

  2. Marco says:

    how can i get back my profile if i turned it to fan page?

  3. Blake says:

    Great information and very timely to current projects. Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Doubletough says:

    How about if you already have fan page tied to a profile page? Can the profile be eliminated and the fan page left to stand on its own?

  5. Danielle says:

    What if I created a personal page AND a business page? Can I transfer from the personal TO the business page?

  6. Chris says:

    Can a person have more than one fan page?

  7. Ashley says:

    I used the link that you provided and my 4,900 friends did not migrate over. How do I get back on my page to get them? Or are they lost? Thanks.

  8. Anna says:

    I currently have a profile page with 2,500 friends under my name. I also have a fan page with only 100 fans under my business name. If I turn my profile page into another fan page that would be great as would then get 2,500 fans. My questions are therefore:
    1) can I have 2 fan pages
    2) Once I have turned my profile page into my business fan page can I change the profile name so it my business name?… Thanks :)

  9. Laura Meccariello says:

    What about converting a fan page to a group — is that possible?

  10. Caroline says:

    I keep getting the error, complete this process on a recognised device, although this is the only device I ever use for Facebook. Any ideas how I can get around this?

  11. Deborah Saporta says:

    I have a Facebook group called talktodeb where I post inspirational quotes, pictures, & my blog. I would like to convert the group to a page because I can see who likes my page. Won’t this be beneficial to me? I want to take my group to the next level?

  12. Zoe says:

    I converted my facebook account into a like page, i dowloaded all of my information, but NONE OF IT TRANSFERED. Not a single thing. Not even the people who had me on their friends list. So how do I change that? How do I dowload my into INTO MY FACEBOOK. FNOT FROM, INTO. It does not say that anywhere and I fallowed all of your steps above. It did not work.

  13. Zoe says:

    I converted my facebook account into a like page, i dowloaded all of my information, but NONE OF IT TRANSFERED. Not a single thing. Not even the people who had me on their friends list transfered into likes. So how do I change that? How do I download my info INTO MY FACEBOOK. NOT FROM, INTO. It does not say that anywhere and I followed all of your steps above. It did not work.

  14. Dumas says:

    My pictures did not transfer! i lost all the pictures and comments! You can backpack up your profile before you transfer! But don’t transfer with the link before you back up your files!

  15. jerome says:

    how can i turn my profile back when i convert it into page?

  16. linda D says:

    can i turn my profile back when i convert it into a fan page?

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