Facebook is at it again. I realize that change can be good sometimes, but Facebook has a way of making changes with no notice or notification to people. And then everyone has to scramble to wrap their heads around the newest changes and learn how to incorporate and use them properly. Bah.
This week my frustration was in regards to changes to Business Pages. I administer several pages, so this new update affected me in a big way. I post content to pages, respond to comments and questions, and wander through other page’s feeds commenting and liking as appropriate. My problem was I was no longer able to switch my identity to a page.
I needed to like a page for a page I administer and could no longer simply become that page. Not cool Facebook! I cast everything else aside—I cannot offer my services if I can’t provide them—and delved into the problem.
There had to be a way to like pages as a page. It wouldn’t make sense to eliminate that function. Why would FB do that, I fumed.
Finally, I discovered that you could click on the ellipsis at the end of the tabs and scroll down to ‘Like as Your Page’. Once you do that, you have the option to like the page as whichever page you choose.
That was only one step of my dilemma. I still needed to figure out how to go to the news feeds of the pages I administer. There is no way I can like (or want to like for that matter) all of the pages which the pages I administer like. There are hundreds of them! But for love nor money I couldn’t figure it out. And I have to tell you that Facebook doesn’t make it easy to figure out either.
So today I broke down and started typing potential questions into the FB Help Center. For any of you who have done this, you know this can be an exercise in frustration itself. I went through several different wording variations of my problem with lacklustre results. The responses can be maddeningly random and usually nowhere near helpful, but I persevered. There had to be other people who were struggling with my issue and, more importantly, an answer.
Stubbornness stands me in good stead when it comes to research; I prevailed! And found several other people all lamenting the same thing as me – we can’t surf as our pages! HELP! Thank goodness for community forums. My sanity is saved and now I shall save yours.
How to Use Facebook as a Page
- Go to your page’s timeline
- Look in first box on left-hand side for View Pages Feed
- Click on See posts from other Pages
- A Pages Feed will open where you will see a stream of posts from pages which your page likes
- The default setting is to like and comment as your page, but you can still click on your icon and switch to liking and commenting as yourself or any other page you administer
So for those of you who were struggling with Facebook’s most recent changes as well, I hope this helps you. If it did, do me a favour and head over to my business page and give me a like as your page. I appreciate it.
High fives to all for wading through the ever-complicated world of social media and social networking with me. Cheers!