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Facebook Pages wish list

December 4, 2009
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Too bad there's still no "Dislike" button.

Facebook Pages—and just so we’re clear, I’m talking Pages proper, not personal Facebook Profiles—leave a lot to be desired, so I can’t be the first guy to come up with a list like this. I run the Page and have been fairly frustrated being left without what I think ought to be standard features. In a lot of cases, it almost seems like Facebook is actively trying to stifle the organic spread of Pages. Let’s just jump right into it:

Post to Page – Why is it I can’t take a link and post it directly to my Pages? Right now I have two options: post to my profile or send in a message. This forces me to take an extra step and click several extra links (Pages admin > Page edit screen > Page).

Comment as myself on my Page – Right now, if I comment on one of my Pages, the comment shows up as my brand:

Facebook Pages comment as my Page

Why I don’t have the option of commenting as myself (re: as my personal profile) I have no idea. It’s not like I make it some secret that I’m the guy who runs the Page.

Comment as my Page on other Pages and Profiles – I’m not out to spam anyone, but it would be a great help in promoting my Page if I could post as the Page when it’s appropriate and relevant. I think introducing a simple Spam button to comments would prevent a feature like this from being abused and would go a long way to smoking out suspect Pages in general.

Let me @ Pages that I’m not a Fan of – Sometimes all I want is to reference a Page and give credit where credit is due. I’m sure a lot of journalists would appreciate this. (Related gripe: Why can’t I @ Pages or Profiles in comments or chats?)

Get rid of Facebook Markup Language (FBML) – Is there a reason for Facebook to have its own markup language, other than to further fence everything in? It’s not portable and if you’re running some common promotion on your Web site and Page, it means updating two different sets of code. True, FBML does allow basic HTML, but why even do that if you’re going to cut things off when they get more complicated than bold text?

Feel free to pile on in the comment thread.

UPDATE: Some good news

This just in:

Facebook on Twitter: "We’re working with Google to offer real-time search of public content on Facebook Pages."

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2009 5:34 pm

    Actually, I forgot one other “wish”: Give me notifications when someone posts to my Page’s Wall or comments on something I’ve posted. Sometimes I’ll realize a day or two after the fact that someone’s been trying to communicate with me, which is maddening.

  2. James Balcerak permalink
    December 5, 2009 6:27 pm

    There’s also turning off notifications when you like an item on a friends page. One of my friends doesn’t like that because sometimes he’ll get more notifications than he can tolerate if there’s a lot of comments. Hopefully, there will be more features for people like you. The design of the site seems to be made for mainstream use (and not meant to be overwhelming) from what I can see. Hopefully they’ll implement secret features and tricks, kind of like what Google does with codes you can enter into the search engine (and many other things) soon in the future.

  3. December 7, 2009 10:48 am

    Without delving too far into problems with Facebook in general, the Like and Comment features can be detrimental to Pages. I never comment on Mashable’s posts because I know I’ll end up with a few hundred notifications, which I don’t want or need. This is another place @’s in comments would come in handy—people could reference other people in a thread and that way, you’d only get notified if it were pertinent to you.

  4. December 10, 2009 10:35 am

    Hear, hear! I maintain a page for a Library and it is a big pain to post to the Library’s page (which also updates Twitter). I’d like to post to the page the same way I do with my personal Facebook account with a bookmarklet or extension (I use chrome). Thanks for this, I was searching the web to see if such a thing existed, but if your post is correct, it doesn’t.

  5. December 10, 2009 10:50 am

    @Alicia – I’m really hoping Facebook is planning some improvements (I know another home page redesign is on the horizon). In the meantime, I’m making do with whatever I can find.

    I checked out your Page, by the way. Looks like you’ve got some good interaction and a solid fan base. If you’re looking for a better way to push automated updates to your Page—and mind you, this is a thin substitute for the ability to post to a Page from another site—I’d suggest installing Social RSS (it works much better than Simply RSS, which you have installed now and which hasn’t updated since mid-November) and Involver’s Twitter app, which puts a Twitter tab on your page and sporadically updates with Tweets from whichever account you select.

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