Ready or Not Here They Come – Facebook Pages Get Timeline on March 30, 2012

You’ve probably seen or heard about timeline on Facebook’s personal profiles. As Facebook adapts to compete with  competitors such as the newest social media sweetheart Pinterest, they are now rolling out Timeline to pages as well. The change will officially happen on March 20, 2012, however you can also test it now.

Facebook timeline

There are quite a few changes to consider as you get ready for the change. Here are some of the main points.

1. The Administration Panel gets a refresh

The admin panel just got a lot more intuitive. You can now see notifications, new likes and insights at a quick glance in the admin panel  dashboard.

2. Have a favorite post? Now you can pin it to the top of your page’s Timeline

This is kind of a throwback to blogs and forums. You will now be able to pin your favorite posts to the top. This could be a great way to promote events.

3. Tabs Return – Default landing tabs disappear

Remember when Facebook Pages had tabs. Well they are coming back. They can be up to 760 pixels wide.  The other side of this is, Facebook is removing the default landing tab, so everyone will land on the Timeline. How will this effect how you use your page?

4. Photo, likes and apps, oh my! These will all be at the top.

Photos will always be in slot 1, but you can then pick and choose up to 12 apps to show under photos. This way you can show the apps that matter most to you. Also, similar to personal Timelines, you can add a cover photo. This could be your logo or any other picture that represents what your page is about.

5. Finally, message your fans directly

Now you can communicate with your fans directly. It’s about time for this one. This could definitely be helpful if you’re using your page for customer service. Instead of having to tell fans to contact you in some other way, you can do it directly within Facebook.

6. Stuck with a page name you don’t like? Now you can change it.

So, you made a mistake with your page’s name. Or maybe you changed the name of your company. It used to be that you had to create a new page to fix the name. Not anymore. Now you’ll be able to change the name of your page. Just use this link to Contact Facebook. Woohoo!

What do you think of the changes? Are they good or bad? Will they change the way you use your Facebook Page? Let’s here what you think.

I LIKE You, But I’m Not a Fan: The Lowdown on the New Facebook “Like” Button

Introducing the Like button
Starting today people will be able to connect with your Page by clicking “Like” rather than “Become a Fan.” We hope this action will feel much more lightweight, and that it will increase the number of connections made across the site. Learn more. – From Facebook.com

Two days ago Facebook rolled out the new “Like” button. The idea is that it will streamline how people interact with Public Profiles. There are a few things that will function differently (From the Facebook Help Center):

“Liking” a Page
Why did “Become a Fan” change to “Like”?
To improve your experience and promote consistency across the site, we…
To improve your experience and promote consistency across the site, we’ve changed the language for Pages from “Fan” to “Like.” We believe this change offers you a more light-weight and standard way to connect with people, things and topics in which you are interested.
http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=17167
What does it mean to “Like” a Page?
When you click “Like” on a Page, you are making a connection to that P…
When you click “Like” on a Page, you are making a connection to that Page. The Page will be displayed in your profile, and in turn, you will be displayed on the Page as a person who likes that Page. The Page will also be able to post content into your News Feed.
http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=17115
Can I still “Like” a News Feed story about my friends Liking Pages?
No. When you see a Feed story about a friend Liking a Page, there will…
No. When you see a Feed story about a friend Liking a Page, there will be no feedback links below that story. However, if you hover over the Page name, you will see a small preview of the Page and the number of other people who have also Liked that Page. You can then Like that Page to add it to your profile, or you can click through to the Page itself.
http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=17116
Is there a difference between “Liking” an item a friend posts and “Liking” a Page?
Yes. Liking a Page means you are connecting to that Page. When you con…
Yes. Liking a Page means you are connecting to that Page. When you connect to a Page, it will appear in your profile and you will appear on the Page as a person who likes that Page. The Page will also be able to post content into your News Feed.

On the other hand, when you click “Like” on a piece of content that a friend posts, you are simply letting your friend know that you like it without leaving a comment.
http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=17168

As this change rolls out to everyone there are a number of places people will see changes. Here’s the new button for public profiles

There is also a change in the way the old “fans” were shown on public profiles as well. Now you will see a box with your friends that Like the profile and under that a box with all the people that Like the public profile.
Like boxes

There is even a change to the way it appears in the fan boxes that you can use on a company website. I guess they are called “like boxes” now. Does that sound right?

Will this change “streamline” how people interact with the Facebook Public Profiles. I guess time will tell. I wonder what changes are in store for next month?

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Facebook Dropping `become a fan of’ for `like’ on Public Profiles