I think its a blogger’s natural inclination to create a Facebook Page that is linked with their personal facebook account. But the issues arrives when your blogger friends find your personal account and request to friend you. But you feel business and personal accounts need to stay separate. What do you do?
The dilemma was recently brought up in a panel discussion at the LTD Expo. And I thought it was topic to shed some advice on.
“People who have joined my Facebook Page or read my blog have discovered my personal account and are now asking me to add them. But this is my account with family and friends. I would like to keep that separate. How do I direct people to my Facebook page, for business, and politely decline adding them on my personal account?”
I think every blogger who uses Facebook to their social media advantage has come across this problem. Luckily there are a couple of solutions.
Open a new facebook profile account
Consider opening a new facebook profile account used just to connect with your blogging friends. You are allowed to add up to 5,000 friends. In order for someone to see your profile, you will need to accept their friend request.
When you reach the 5,000 friend threshold, then its time to create a Facebook page. The purpose of a facebook page is to profile your business by offering great information in a public manner. And is perfectly acceptable to use for commercial purposes.
Facebook Profile vs. Facebook Page
|Terms of Service||You can sign up for one Facebook account per email address
(although terms say, “You will not create more than one personal profile”)
for personal use
|For commercial use – can use to promote services and products|
|Action||Add as Friend||Like|
|Number of Connections||up to 5,000||Unlimited|
|Privacy||Can set privacy settings||No Privacy Settings|
|Messaging Options||Post on Friend’s Walls, send private message via inbox, and IM on Facebook chat
Create groups and send group status updates
|Post on wall appears in news feed|
|Additional Details||Custom URL, personal use only||Custom URL (after 25 likes) and indexed by Google|
*BTW, thank you for helping me capture my page name on Facebook
Create Groups and Friend’s Lists
With the recent changes to Facebook, you can now create Groups and Friends list. I’m loving it!
If you decide to add your blogging friends to your friends & family account – you can now create Facebook Groups. With a group, you can post updates, links, photos, videos, events or docs to the group. As an example, I have created a friends & family group. When I have something of a personal nature to discuss, I can post an update just for them to see.
To create a group:
- Login to Facebook account
- Click “Create Group” in the left hand column of the home page
- A pop-up box will appear, where you will be able to add a group name, invite members and select the privacy settings for your group.
The only downfall, is that you need to type in people’s names by memory. You do not have the choice to view and pick your friends from a selection.
- Click “Create Group” when you are finished.
and you can control the privacy of the groups you create:
- Open: For Open groups, everyone on Facebook can view the group and join. The group will appear in search results and all content (e.g., photos, videos and discussions) is visible to anyone viewing the group.
- Closed: For Closed groups, everyone on Facebook can see the name and members of a group, but only group members can view content in the group.
- Secret: These groups cannot be found in searches, and non-members can’t see anything about the group, including its name and membership list. The name of the group will not display on the profiles of members.
The other great feature – Friend’s List (I think they stole the idea from Twitter).
For me, I use this list to view/select just my friend’s and family member’s status updates.
To create a Friend’s List:
- Go to your Friend’s Page (left hand column, click “Friends”)
- In the upper right, click “Edit Friends”
- Click the “Create a List” Button
- Enter a List name, select friends, and “Create a List”
If you chose not to add people to your personal account, you can do one of two things:
1. On the requests page, you can choose “Ignore”. Doing so will remove the request from your Requests list. They will not be notified that their friend request was declined, but they will be able to send you another friend request in the future.
2. Another option, is to “Ignore” the friend request, but send them a message stating that this is a personal profile and they might enjoy checking out your Facebook page. There is no guilt in having your personal life kept private.
Do you use Facebook Groups or Friend’s List? How are they working out for you? Please share you comments below.
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