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Facebook: From profile to (fan) page – Part 2

Consumed => Facebook Profile Migrations: A Cautionary Tale” by Christina Warren on Mashable.

http://mashable.com/2011/03/31/facebook-profile-migration-warning/

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Can I add a couple things that might help?

1) The loss of your user name might just be temporary. While I’m not 100% certain—is anything with FB?—I don’t think FB users names are one, done gone forever. For example, about three weeks ago a client mistakenly assigned his Page’s user name to his profile. We undid that (profiles get one user name “do over”) and about 10 days later the user name was available again.

2) As for “losing” all your content. I think it’s worth mentioning that FB (Fan) Pages are more or less open to the Internet. That is (to the best of my knowledge), FB allows Pages to be indexed, etc. by search engine bots. On the other hand, personal profiles are far more protected. I’m going to presume there’s some legal basis for having these morphed pages start from scratch.

3) The same might apply to third party apps as well. For all practical purposes the “entity” is changing personas, and since many of these apps are able to access a full range entity info, it could be that FB presumed that a better safe than sorry approach was in order.

4) If one were to pretend that this is a 1.0 release of software package X, then “unanticipated results” should come as no surprise. In other words, being a first adopter is always an at your own risk proposition. I do not mean to sound like a critic but cautionary should have started from the get go, not after the fact. In other words, given your bio you should have known better, no?

Mind you, I’m not defending FB (nor trying to offend you). I’m just trying to explain that there seems to be more here than meets the immediate eye. Of course I could be mistaken. And just to be clear this is a 1.0 opinion and subject to change, updates, enhancements, etc.

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