Jun
16
2011

Facebook Profile or Fan Page: What’s the Difference?

I know – this is old news – but I still get asked about Facebook Fan and Profile pages all the time.

A Facebook Profile

A Facebook Profile is your personal account on Facebook. This is where you add your friends, upload your photos, and interact with people. Since 2009 Facebook has not permitted businesses to use Profiles as their Facebook Locales. In fact a business that opens a profile page is in direct violation of the Facebook Terms of Service (and according to Facebook will be disabled).

It’s a good thing that Facebook prohibits business from having profile pages – after all, no one wants their customers seeing what happened in Las Vegas last week, right?

“So how do I get my business on Facebook?”

Enter the Facebook Page:

Facebook Pages

A Facebook Page is designed for businesses wishing to present their products or services in a social setting. They allow anyone full access, without restrictions. Additionally, where a Profile is limited to 5000 friends, a Page can have unlimited Fans. Finally, Facebook can recommend your page to other users interested in your subject area.

If you want to get started, here’s where you sign up for a Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php.

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