How do I delete a Facebook Places venue page?
Help! I'm in trouble with my boss: I created a Facebook Places venue page for the bar I work at without getting permission. My explanation: I checked in on Facebook Places and there wasn't a venue, so I created one. My boss isn't very happy, hough, and said the bar owner should own the page. I'm fine with that - I don't want to lose my job! - so how do I delete the page I created before I'm in even hotter water?
Dude. Yeah, I can appreciate your enthusiasm but it's a dangerous enterprise having an employee - or customer - create a venue page for your restaurant, bar, coffee shop or business in Facebook Places (or Google Local or any other geolocation system for that matter). Why? Because if you get fired and vengeful, well, you can make their page look pretty darn awful and short of suing you, there wouldn't be much they could do. Yikes.
The fact that anyone can create a venue is an interesting problem for Facebook, actually, and one that I expect someone can exploit to their own nefarious gain. Imagine someone creating venue pages for all the businesses in a small town, then going door to door offering to sell them access to their own page for a nominal fee. Not so good.
So I have to say I come down on the side of your boss on this one. You were motivated by the best of intentions, but the better move would have been to say "hey bossman, a heads up: I checked in here on Facebook and there's, like, no page for us. Not so good. We should create one: want me to do so?"
Anyway, I bet you'll be back in good graces soon enough so don't panic. Now, let's get to work.
To demonstrate how to delete a Facebook Places venue, I went ahead and created a venue for a local café called Vic's Espresso just so I could delete it. Now, why Vic's doesn't have a Facebook Places venue, that's another story. But I'm not affiliated with the business so while I theoretically could create and own the venue, it'd be kinda weird, to say the least.
Once I've created the place, though, I can at least show ya what to do. When you go to the venue page on Facebook, it has a very important button along the top:
It's a bit hard to see in this screen shot, but the button says "Edit Page". Click on it and the left side of your page will change and show a zillion different things you can do to tweak and tune your places page:
At this point, you'll want to click on "Your Settings" which gives you access to the basic settings of the Facebook page, as shown here:
See that last option? Yup, click on "Permanently Delete Vic's Coffee" (well, yours will say the name of the bar, but it's the same basic idea).
Facebook will confirm that's what you really want to do:
Click "Delete" and take a deep breath. Venue gone, job safe.
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