Merge, Rename, and Clean Up Facebook Pages

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Facebook Timeline for Facebook Business Pages is fast approaching, in this shift we will see lots of changes:

  1. Large cover image (850 x 315px) with no sales or promotional material
  2. Small thumbnail profile image
  3. No more sidebar
  4. No more landing tabs – instead we will have the option to showcase two tabs with icons (111 x 74px) under the cover image
  5. Larger custom tabs at  810px wide
  6. Fans can message admins and admins can message back (you cannot message a fan if they did not message first)
  7. Pin a post to the top of the page
  8. Feature a post – star it and make it larger so it stands out in your timeline
Since we will be forced to change our business pages you might as well go full boar. If you have not claimed a community or places page do it now.
 
  1. Go to community or places page
  2. Click on the cog icon in top right hand corner
  3. Click Report Page
  4. Select Duplicate
  5. Type the name of page that you want to merge it into, it should pop up in the box
Do you have multiple pages for the same company? Merging two pages you will need to go to http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=page_migrations_external
  • Download your page content before merge.
You can download your information from the Account Settings page.

  1. Click the account menu  at the top right of any Facebook page
  2. Choose Account Settings
  3. Click on “Download a copy” of your Facebook data
  4. Click the Download button on the following page
  • Type in your name (you must be the admin and have a company email account attached to your Facebook account)
  • Copy and paste in the URL of your Facebook Page (this is the one you are going to merge the other page into – smaller fan page must go into larger)
  • Now copy and paste the URL of your inauthentic Facebook Page (this is the page that will merge into your main page – you will lose all content on this page and just keep the fans.)
  • Submit
Facebook Profile to Page Migration: If you are one of those people who put a business on Facebook as a person i.e. under a personal profile and want to change it to a business page you will need to do the following:
NOTE:
When you convert your personal account to a Facebook Page, we’ll transfer your current profile picture and add all your friends and subscribers as people who like your Page. We’ll also make your account’s username the Facebook web address for your Page.No other content will be carried over to your new Page, so be sure to save any important content before beginning your migration.To avoid losing important content, we recommend taking these steps before you convert your personal account:
  1. Download your profile (timeline) information. You can download a file that contains all of your sent and received messages and all of the photos and videos you’ve uploaded to Facebook.
  2. Appoint a new group admin to any groups you manage. The account you’re converting will lose these admin rights during the conversion process.
  • Pick the type  of business
  • It will populate the name of your page (NOTE: it will not let you change the page name, it wants it to stay the same as the profile you created. If you already have another business page we will rectify this name when you merge them.)
  • Now your page is live with ZERO fans…..DON’T panic your friends will populate in as fans in a day or so
  • Your Download File: When you downloaded all of your profile content it saved as a zip file – here is the bad news, you will have to manually upload all of that data again. BUT at least you still have it right?!
Facebook Page Name Change: For those of you that do not need to convert a profile into a page or merge pages but you did not put the business name down exactly the way you wanted it and you have over 100 fans there still may be hope.
Now you are ready to go….just remember this new timeline is about rich content. Happy Posting!

 

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Bridget is President of The Get Smart Web Consulting Group, a web presence and digital strategy firm with offices in San Diego County California and Collier County Florida. But more importantly she is a web, tech, and Twitter addict!