Facebook Company Profile Not Visible to Public When Using Country Restrictions

Last week one of my clients Protocall Staffing (A staffing company serving southern and central NJ as well as southeast PA) discovered that their Facebook Company Profile was not visible to the public anymore. In order to view their company page you needed to be signed into Facebook. Previously it didn’t matter if you were logged in or not, you could still view the page. When I did some digging I discovered that the reason was the country restriction. Presumably this restriction was put in place because they are using people’s profile information to restrict access.

facebook-page-restrictions

When we originally set up the company profile, we decided to set a restriction so that only people from the USA could see the page, as the company only operates in the USA. The restriction was definitely the culprit and now without it people can now view the page whether they are logged into Facebook or not.

www.facebook.com/Protocall.Staffing

I’m not sure when Facebook made the change, but I’m positive that this wasn’t the case when we originally set up the profile. Anyone else have some info on this?

Facebook Personal Profiles vs. Business Pages – You’re Doing it Wrong

You’ve Been Warned!

There has been a lot of talk recently about personal profiles versus public or business profiles. I’ve noticed a lot discussions popping up about converting personal profiles that people set up for a business to a business page. The buzz was presumably started by the fact that Facebook has been going through and shutting down personal profiles that are being used for business, and the release of a new tool to convert your Facebook Profile to a Facebook Page. Some of you are undoubtedly wondering why Facebook is shutting down accounts.  Well, guess what, using a personal profile for a business is against the Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

So who cares? Nobody reads those things anyway, right? Well maybe, but Facebook does have the right to enforce them and they are making some noise about it too.

Below are two critical points, with number 4 under section 4, the most important.

4. Registration and Account Security

  • 2.  You will not create more than one personal profile.
  • 4.  You will not use your personal profile for your own commercial gain (such as selling your status update to an advertiser).

If that sounds too vague to you, Facebook makes it very clear in the help center section for the migration tool.

Why should I convert my profile to a Page?
Since profiles are for meant individual people, they aren’t suited to meet your business needs. Pages offer more robust features for organizations, businesses, brands, and public figures, which you can learn more about here.

Further, maintaining a profile for anything other than an individual person is a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. If you don’t convert your profile to a Page, you risk permanently losing access to the profile and all of your content.”

The reasoning behind the restriction comes down to functionality. Personal profiles and public profiles now look very similar and much of the functionality is similar as well. However, the biggest difference is a business page / public profile can’t actively “friend” or “like” people. Not allowing this cuts down on some of the spam friend requests. They can however “like” other pages. On the flip side one of the advantages of using a business page is likes are not capped the way friends are. Personal profiles are capped at 5,000 friends.

Now, before you run out and convert your profile here’s a couple of things you should know.  As stated on the migration tool:

“At this time only your profile photo and friends will be moved to your new Page.  No other content will be moved.”

Facebook Profile Migration Tool
So make sure you save any content that you have on your current profile.

You may have noticed that even if you convert you will lose most of your data. Your friends will be converted to likes, which is the most important thing. But, wall posts and the such will not transfer. Will that change? I guess time will tell.

But in the long run, it would be better to convert so that your business name does not get banned from Facebook all together. Right?

Need help with your company’s page? Contact us for a free quote. For more info. view our Facebook Public Profiles page

There’s No Hacking the New Facebook Pages Photo Bar

You may have noticed that Facebook recently upgraded their Pages. Actually the full upgrade will happen in March, but page admins have the option to upgrade now. Check out the changes to our page: Blackbird e-Solutions on Facebook. The new changes are meant to make pages look more like the new profiles that Facebook rolled out a few months ago. Many people discovered that there was a hack that you could do with the images at the top of their profile to make a bigger more interesting banner across the top. You can see some examples over at Reface.me. The bad news is it isn’t going to work for the new pages.

The five most recent photos that you have published or tagged your Page in are displayed randomly at the top of your Page. As a Page admin, you can prevent specific photos from appearing at the top of your Page. Remember: This row only contains photos you’ve posted or tagged your Page in; photos from people who like your Page won’t show up here.

We’ll see, maybe they will change this to match the personal profiles, so companies can be more creative when building their pages.

Blackbird e-Solutions Announces Facebook Page Development Services Official Launch

February 4, 2009 – Lancaster, PA:

Blackbird e-Solutions launches Facebook Page Development services to help clients take advantage of the rising trend in customer relations: Social Networking. Businesses can use Facebook Pages to promote brand awareness and drive traffic to their company websites.

“Right now traditional marketing is stumbling because people are tired of being sold to and tired of companies pushing products on them,” comments Bryan Coe President of Blackbird e-Solutions. “They want dialog and interaction. They want to see what other people are saying about products and companies and they want a voice. Facebook Pages give businesses the tools to do this.”

The Blackbird e-Solutions’ creative team can develop branded Facebook Pages for businesses by generating new content, or by using their current marketing materials and website. With viral nature of social networking helps companies build a strong presence for the company or brand, collect and communicate with fans, provide discussion forums, engage users with multimedia presentations, and announce events.

“We’re really excited to offer the new service to our clients and believe that with this tool we can help the better reach their customers,” says Bryan Coe.

Some people consider “social networking” a fad, but really interactions like this have been going on ever since… well, since people formed societies. Networking sites like Facebook are just a new format.

A few reasons why your company needs a Facebook Page:

– Facebook is by nature viral.
-o As people become fans of your page, their friends see this and can follow. Then their friends see this, etc…
– You can add events to your page.
-o People can than click to show that they will attend
– You can have your blog post to your page.
-o People can see the updates from your company blog/s and click on the links to go to your company site and read more.
– You can post photos and videos to your page
-o You can post photos/video from company events
– You can set up polls on your pages
-o This is a quick way to get the opinions of your company’s fans.
– Everything on your page can be used to drive visitors to your company website.
– Plus more..

Get Your Page Now and Save Money!

Normally we charge $750 for a standard page.

The first 5 companies to sign for development of a Facebook Page will receive a $100 discount the next five will receive a $50 discount!

This is a limited time launch special, so fill out the form now to take advantage. Offer expires February 15th!

Or call us at 888-812-1227 to speak with a representative. Make sure you mention this post.

The fact is many of your clients and competitors, as well as their clients, are already using Facebook Pages. Can your company afford to miss out?

 

Sign up for your page now and save!

 

 
 
 
 

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