If I had to do it all over. . .
would I have made my Facebook page a Fan Page?
I joined Facebook in 2008. At that time you could have a personal page or a fan page. I was starting out on the publication journey, for real this time, and decided to check out this new Facebook gig.
Little did I know what I was in store for.
Fast forward to today and the fan page is loooooong gone.
Here is Facebook’s response to why they changed the verbiage:
To improve your experience and promote consistency across the site, we've changed the language for Pages from "Fan" to "Like." We believe this change offers you a more light-weight and standard way to connect with people, things and topics in which you are interested.
I'm not a big FAN of calling my readers FANS....that is a whole different issue that we will discuss later, but before now my choices were personal Facebook page or Fan Facebook page. Now my choices are personal page or a like page or both.
I posted a question on my only Facebook page about switching over. Author H.P. Mallory was gracious enough to give me a little advice, and I took it. She suggested NOT to get rid of the personal page because you risk losing a lot of followers. I decided to have two pages, one personal and one like. . .little secret. . .they are both for my readers and friends.
Why? Why would I want to rock the boat and add another page for people to follow?
Simple! Maybe not that simple. I sat down and made a list of why I wanted to have a like page. And I thought you'd benefit from these questions too:
1) How many friends do you have on Facebook?
2) Would those friends move over to a like page?
3) A friend page is limited to 5,000.
4) A like page is unlimited.
5) What type of privacy do you want?
6) Is you personal page really personal and not something you'd share with the world of Facebook or readers?
7) Are you building an author brand and what type of personality do you want to give?
8) Are you trying to make friends or sell books?
These were questions that I asked myself. I decided to have a Facebook account to get my name out there. The person that I am on Facebook is the exact person I am. I quote inspirational quotes to my friends and family so I share them on Facebook. I take care of the people I love and don't bother with the people who are negative, just like I do with jealous writers or negative writers. There is nothing on my personal Facebook page that I wouldn't share with author Facebook page.
The biggest reason I decided to go with a like page is the limited number of friends I can have on my personal page. Either way. . .both pages will have the same updates, pictures, and quotes!
So come on! LIKE me!! Tonya Kappes, Author
Do you have a Facebook? Let's swap likes!