When I go to like or share posts from the page I manage on Facebook, it’s always as the owner of that page. How can I like or share with my personal account instead?
One of the first things that a Facebook business or fan page admin should learn is how to pay attention to which account is going to be identified when they take an action and how to change it before you do something embarrassing. For example, it’s a bit weird for a business to post something and immediately like it, though it’s not at all inappropriate for someone to post it as a business to the business Facebook page, then like it as themselves.
Which leads to the obvious question of how the heck do you do that on Facebook?
The answer is hidden in a menu that pops up from a tiny, almost invisible menu choice, a menu that few people realize even exists on Facebook, but is critical to know about. So let’s take a look.
First, I’m going to start out by managing a post on the Ask Dave Taylor Facebook page. On a post, therefore, it’ll default to me as the page owner rather than you as an individual:
Notice on the very top it’s posted as “Ask Dave Taylor”, not as “Dave Taylor”. Facebook did the right thing in this instance. But look closely at the profile pics and you’ll see that if I add a comment it’ll be as the page owner.
To change it, you need to look for the tiny square profile pic on the right side with the downward grey triangle adjacent. Move your cursor over it and you’ll see the current default Facebook identity:
Here’s the trick: click on it. A menu pops up with all your Facebook identities:
Notice that my personal account has a different photo to my Ask Dave Taylor account. That’s the secret, then. Choose your personal account from this menu and now when you like, share or comment, it’ll be as yourself, whether you’re smiley, surprised, angry, sad, loving it or, well, just a thumbs up sort of person:
You can bounce around between identities too, leading to weird things like this:
Not ordinarily something you’d do on a Facebook fan or business page but it’s, ummmm, interesting. 🙂
But that’s the trick, and now you know. But before you go, please do follow us: Ask Dave Taylor on Facebook. Thanks!