HOW TO: Merge Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Page With Your Facebook Community Page
[tweetmeme] 8/11 Update: Facebook has removed the ability to merge pages. I’ll keep you posted. I bet they rue the day they created them in the first place. 🙂
Most nonprofits don’t even know that they have a Facebook Community Page, and those that do have primarily been annoyed by their presence and perplexed by their purpose. That said, the vast majority of community pages are created when you or someone else adds your nonprofit to their personal Facebook Profile under Edit Profile >Education and Work:
The good news is that apparently Facebook has changed its mind about its initial intentions for community pages and now allows nonprofits to merge their Facebook Page with their Facebook Community Page(s) by simply going to their Facebook Page and selecting Edit Page > Resources > Merge duplicate pages:
Once merged, the community page disappears and the people who “Liked” your community page are converted into Facebook Fans for your official page. Some nonprofits will gain thousands of news fans in just a few clicks. That said, if you are presented with the message “You have no pages eligible to merge,” but you know your nonprofit has a community page(s), then you can “Report” the page(s) and check back every few weeks to see if they have been added to your pages eligible for merging:
However, please note that at this time Facebook is making no guarantees that reported pages will be made available for merging. Like many upgrades with Facebook, we will just have to wait and see how the process evolves. I’ll keep you posted as I learn more.