Libraries Think Twice about a Facebook Page

facebook-logoUpdate 10/20/2009 The orginal warning still stands

Update 9/29/2009 Organizations can now create a page without linking it to a personal account.

Facebook ties a page to the account of the person who originally created it and I quote

however the original creator of the Page may never be removed by other Page admins.

Why does this matter?  Because if the original creator leaves the organization for any reason, there is no way to remove them.  (You could try to contact Facebook, but if you’ve ever done that you know how that works.)  Do you really want someone who no longer works for you to have control over your page?  What if they were fired, or quit in a huff?  I know, in an ideal world no one would ever leave and we’d all live happily everafter, but it does happen sometimes.

Groups on the other hand at least allow the creator to promote other admins and remove themselves.  No need to contact Facebook.

Groups and Pages have been compared so many places I’m not even going to attempt to, but I don’t see this issue on any of the lists.  Just something to think about.

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12 comments for “Libraries Think Twice about a Facebook Page

  1. May 21, 2009 at 8:46 am

    This actually happened in my library -the guy who originally set up our library page was let go, then library management decided that they needed to be the only admins on the page (there were politics involved that I won’t get into). Fortunately, as long as there is at least one other admin for the page, the creator can remove him/herself as an admin, so there is a workaround… provided, of course, the creator is willing to step down.

    • October 19, 2009 at 2:15 pm

      We have a “page” at our library and I’m the creator/admin and the director and assistant director are also admins. In cause I go berserk or something at least there are more administrators.

      • October 19, 2009 at 2:17 pm

        That should be “in case” I go berserk. I don’t yet know the cause for me going berserk, but I’m sure it’ll be good!

        • October 20, 2009 at 9:09 am

          Unfortunately if you created the page it doesn’t matter if there are other admins, they can’t remove the original creator and you can’t remove yourself.

  2. May 21, 2009 at 8:49 am

    For Groups the admin can remove herself, but not Pages. For Pages original creator is tied to the page and can not be removed without assistance from Facebook. The original creator can remove other admins, but the original has no way to step down.

  3. sheli
    May 21, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Hi! For our library’s site, we first created a fake personal page for the founder of our library. Then we had him create the fan page and added a few staff as admins. Hope this saves us some trouble down the line! Thanks for the tip Bobbi!

  4. May 21, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Weird… maybe they changed how the admins of Pages work when they switched how pages appear? The creator *used* to be able to remove themselves if there was another admin (as of February), but evidently that’s no longer true. WTF, Facebook?

    My apologies for espousing a solution that no longer exists.

  5. May 21, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for this note. I hadn’t noticed this change. Irritating to say the least!

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