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Re: [webdesign-429] Facebook profiles and pages

From: Simon S.
Sent on: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 2:26 PM
No, he won't get any support from FB for this since it was 1) a poor decision on his part and 2) clearly advised against from a policy standpoint (FB advises against using personal profiles for business, and explicitly forbids a company acting as a personal profile).

There IS an export feature which will export all his timeline data and photos with some exceptions around other people's comments based on their privacy settings.

That data will be in a format that is FB-specific and probably not consumable by any tool you need (unless you find some specific tools made to transform/consume FB exports).

Depending on the content you're trying to salvage, even hiring a data-entry person to re-input it to a new FB page may not work as expected, because he/she will not be able to re-create dates and comments from other people.

The best option might be to put it on an archive page somewhere on the business website (and even that will be time-consuming). Unless anyone else comes up with a better idea..

On Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 11:10 AM, Ryan Archer <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi everyone,

Have been asked a question by an associate of mine for which I haven't really been able to come up with a good answer for because I just don't think it is possible. Anyway here goes.

Long time ago, he made his personal profile and then merged it with his business stuff (FretFest) before we were able to make Facebook pages. He did not make the changeover to pages when it was introduced and kept going at it with his own profile, mixing business and personal (yeah messy I know).

Now when he is contemplating selling the business, he also does not want to lose his own Facebook profile nor does he want to have to recreate all the business content that was on there from quite a few many years ago. He's having a frustrating time contacting Facebook about this (I told him he really has 'buckleys' chance of anyone at Facebook actually giving a hoot). I really don't know what to recommend. I don't think there is anyway you could export out data/information out of a Facebook profile and plug it into a newly created page is there (thinking like Wordpress exporting XML files here). Or the opposite of that being to export all the personal stuff out of it and create a new FB profile with his real name on it.

I can't go further than this myself. This guy is actually looking for a Social Media professional that could help him out and even prepared to engage them for paid work.

Ryan Archer

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