Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Things I Never Knew About Facebook

Right. So. For a number of years I've had a personal Facebook account.

Recently I created a separate Facebook account that I could use to interact with my students at school (this started during the teacher strikes last year and the easiest way for me to contact/educate them was through Facebook - go figure).

Today I decided to create a Rachel Morgan Facebook account (if you're counting, this is now number three!). So then I was going through the blogs that I follow to see who had links to Facebook, and I was clicking through to add those people as friends. I noticed then that some people had PAGES rather than actual accounts. So I looked up some info about pages, and that's when I discovered this:

Please be aware that maintaining multiple accounts is a serious violation of Facebook's Terms of Use. If we determine that an individual has more than one account, we reserve the right to terminate all of their accounts.

Eish. Ok. So I then decided to DELETE my new Rachel Morgan account and my school account and make pages instead :-) Which is far easier actually, now that I don't have to keep logging into three separate accounts. And the great thing is -- for those of you worried about protecting your real name -- even though you (the real you) are the administrator of the page, no one ever sees this administrator name (unless you write it somewhere on the page, of course). Whenever you post anything on the page, the page's name is used.

Anyway, so now I have a cute little Facebook button on the sidebar of my blog where you can "Like" me :-)
(Um... please like me... please??)




(And for those of you that I sent a friend request to from my in-the-process-of-being-deleted account, I'm sorry!)


And here's the website that taught me all about using Facebook Pages.


15 comments:

C. N. Nevets said...

I started a page recently, as well. I love it, but I've run into two snags:

1) I don't get notifications when people leave comments on items I post via the page. That gets annoying.

2) I can't as easily return the favor when people like my page.

Ugh.

Alison Stevens said...

Wow, I didn't know that, either! Thanks for letting us know. :)

Kittie Howard said...

I really like this, Rachel. Thanks for sharing. I closed a FB account for a variety of reasons, didn't know one could have a FB page. Hmmmm, will have to look into this!!

Rachel Morgan said...

Ok, so I guess the downer is that if the Joan Soap you (with your original Joan Soap fb account for all your original real life friends) create an author page for you (the A. M. Azing author you) and then your author friends "Like" your page, you can't "Like" their pages as A. M. Azing. If you "Like" their page it shows up as Joan Soap.

C. N. Nevets said...

Yeah, and I can't ever decide how important it is to me to guard my real name. When an author likes my page under their name, though, I generally return the favor. Seems friendly.

Patti said...

Interesting. I have two accounts. One for family - one for writery things. I'll have to look into this. Did you have to go do new friend requests?

Rachael Harrie said...

Oh dear, sounds like all that took a bit of time.

Hugs,

Rach

Su said...

Cool! As soon as I turn my FB account back on, I'll be straight over to your page. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I have some pages but I admit, I don't care that much for FB. It's such a time sink.

Kari Marie said...

Wow. I didn't know that. Thanks for sharing.

gideon 86 said...

Thanks for the info on FB. I have a personal account, but I don't use it very much. I much prefer blogging. I might have to check this out though, because I do like to keep up with my writer friends and this might be a good way to do it.

Michael

Hart Johnson said...

I have two accounts--separate names, separate emails, but I REALLY don't want the two to merge. I've got my whole writer identityall set up. The advantage of a page is that you aren't limited to 5000, but the PAGE can't interact... comment on the statuses of other writers, friend people you the INDIVIDUAL don't actually know and stuff--so if you want to interact you still have to come out as you.

I have my personal profile under my maiden name and only friend people I feel like I really know (some of this is online, but over an extended time). My Writer's profile, I friend pretty much anyone (though if the profile pic is boobs, I generally check out whether there is actually any common ground)--but I've definitely made some real friends AS WRITER.

C. N. Nevets said...

Hart, I know what you mean. It's a pain. I live in fear of the terms-of-service police, though. haha

Rachel Morgan said...

Ok, so clearly there are definite disadvantages to this Page thing...

It's more like a "take take" thing (come and "Like" me!) and not a "give back" thing (but I can't "Like" you in return!). Wondering now if I should go back and "undelete" the account I made yesterday?!

Carol Riggs said...

Wow, I wouldn't have known that either, but then, I don't have a Facebook account. I'm holding out. Blogging keeps me plenty busy! I would friend you if I were on it, though.

Happy Facebooking!