Last year I received a frantic message via email from a Facebook friend. She went to log into Facebook and found her profile gone. She was close to the 5,000 limit on friends and was devastated. What did she do wrong?
One of the most common mistakes I see that could cost you your Facebook profile is the creation of a second profile. Here is the verbiage directly from Facebook’s Terms of Service:
4. Registration and Account Security
Facebook users provide their real names and information, and we need your help to keep it that way. Here are some commitments you make to us relating to registering and maintaining the security of your account:
1. You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
2. You will not create more than one personal profile.
3. If we disable your account, you will not create another one without our permission.
At one networking meeting I heard a “social media expert” advise business owners to create a second fictional profile so they could stalk their children with that profile. YIKES!!! Today I found two “social media marketing firms” using their personal profile as if it were a business brand page. How can you be a social media expert or marketing firm and not KNOW how to use Facebook?
So you work hard finding friends, building your network and it’s all gone…..because you didn’t follow the rules. Is it worth it?
Here’s a tip….you can put your friends into lists. Create lists for your family, friends, business relationships, etc. That way you can adjust your privacy settings on your profile to separate what you share on Facebook.
I’m offering a free Facebook webinar on Monday, November 29th to answer your questions about using Facebook for business. I’d love to see you there.