Facebook – Personal Profile Vs Page
Thanks for your article from last month. Here is my question… or concern. I believe when you convert your profile page to a business page, all of your friends become page likes of the new page…. but you LOSE them all as friends on your old page along with all your posts and history. In my case, it would be 9 years worth of friends, postings, albums, videos, etc etc etc. Is this really the case?
Is it possible to just create a new page and then “COPY” all your friends and likes to the PAGE without in anyway affecting the profile page?
Thank you for the thoughtful question. You will lose some of the materials in your personal page if it is converted to a business page because it just does not fit into the features of a professional page. For the things that do not fit into the new layout, Facebook will delete those materials. Facebook pages have benefits like a call to action button, geo-locating, and reviews, but there are also places for posts, albums, and videos. What you retain or lose is unfortunately in the hands of Facebook.
You can create a new page, but you CANNOT copy friends over. You can invite them to your new page, but you will probably not get a large number to convert. There are some reasons to start a professional page and keep your personal page. Facebook Terms and Conditions (TOC) states that they can close down a personal page for doing business as a professional page. It is rare, but it does happen. Also, there is limited privacy when using a personal page for business. In addition, you are missing all of the great benefits of having a business page including advertising features.
You can always start a business page and keep your personal page. This will allow you to cross post and suggest people join your professional page over time and build your business page as you go. Here is an article on how to set up your professional FB page >> https://fitsmallbusiness.com/real-estate-facebook-page/.
I hope this information helps Ron. 🙂