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Social media giant Facebook has recently released a new tool that allows you to convert your personal profile into a Facebook page.

So that’s the difference and why do you need it, you might ask? Well, it has a similar layout, but with a few different features and allows for more than the 5,000 friend limit given for profiles. The major difference is that users can “like” a page, but to access a personal profile, they must “friend” that person and establish a connection first. This means that a personal profile is not exactly usable for the likes of businesses, organizations, politicians, celebrities and anyone who wants their profile to show up to the general public.

Facebook “friends” are often different than real friends, since many times, we do not have a close relationship with the many people we befriend on Facebook. It makes much more sense to have a less personal page for followers and fans, as well as a more personal profile for those who we converse with in real life.

So Facebook has created a solution in the form of a new tool, which allows users to make the switch from a personal profile to a public page.

But keep in mind that when a profile is converted to a page, that all profile pictures and Facebook friends will be automatically transferred to the page. Your friends will show up as “liking” the page. Anything else will not be transferred to the page, keep a backup of everything else you want saved as you will not be able to backtrack. Others have recommended that you download your profile information, which includes photos, wall posts, messages and friends before transferring to a page format. As the case with all types of digital media, you should save it to a backup drive.

This is a great tool for those with too many “friends.”

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