<h1>Converting a Facebook Profile to a Business Page</h1>
Moving from a profile to a business page is a very common problem that many people have especially people who joined the site early and thought the right thing to do was promote their business via their own personal profiles. Many people have as many as 5000 friends (the maximum limit according to Facebook) that they can’t move over to business pages. Complicating the matter further is the fact that Facebook strictly forbids anybody from doing any marketing from personal profiles and has even been known to shut down personal accounts acting as businesses in recent months.
Facebook have launched a new tool to support the process – <a title=”Facebook account migration” href=”http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php?migrate” target=”_blank”>http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php?migrate</a>
<strong>Facebook Help Page:</strong> <a title=”Facebook Help Page” href=”http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=213602951994043″ target=”_blank”>http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=213602951994043</a>
If you’d like to convert your personal account to a Page, <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php?migrate”>click here</a>.
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 <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/help/pages/usernames”>username for your Page</a>.
<strong>No other content will be carried over to your new Page, so be sure to save any important content before beginning the conversion.</strong>
To avoid losing important content, we recommend taking these steps before you convert your personal account:
<li>Download your profile (timeline) information. You can <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=18830″ target=”_blank”>download a file</a> that contains all of your sent and received messages and all of the photos and videos you’ve uploaded to Facebook.</li>
<li>Appoint a <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=148640791872225″>new group admin</a> to any groups you manage. The account you’re converting will lose these admin rights during the conversion process.</li>
There are some very serious downsides to doing this though namely that if you have set this up as your own personal profile and use Facebook on a daily basis you are going to lose all your information like likes and personal info. The friends that you have on the personal profile will however be converted in to likes and you’ll have a brand new legal business Facebook page. If you have any other problems or are not sure about making this move the <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=18918″>help page on Facebook should help you with this.</a>
This really is the perfect solution because it means that people who have had no solution for the last couple of years can now finally migrate their friends over in to likes. The only solution up until now was posting a link or message to all friends and hoping they would head over and like a new Facebook page. For most this is not going to be a huge deal but for many this tool is a life saver!!