Double Trouble – ditch your comping Facebook account!
In a word, No. This is against Facebook rules:
- Maintaining multiple accounts is a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Violations of this rule could result in all of these accounts being disabled. (see http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=1126)
- Profiles (timelines) must list your real first name and last name. (see http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=1132)
Of course, many people use two or more Facebook accounts without being found out. But having two accounts can offend fellow compers (you have two chances to win competitions, two chances to vote, etc…) and it’s easy for someone to report your second account as a fake profile and get it deleted, so is it really worth the risk?
As you add new friends, make sure you add them to the appropriate list. When you’ve sent a friend request you can assign that person to a list from the drop down menu, even though they haven’t accepted yet. If you receive Friend requests, you can Confirm, and again assign them to lists in the drop down menu.
When you post on your wall, you can choose which list to post to. You do this by selecting from the drop-down menu in the top right of the box. If I’m posting details of a competition, I select ‘Compers’ to ensure I don’t annoy my non-comping friends. If you want to share family photos you could choose to share with ‘Close Friends’ and ‘Family’. For ‘Like and Share’ type competitions, unfortunately this system won’t work – although the promoter will see the total number of Shares, when they click to choose their winner from the list they will ONLY see the names of people who have set their Share to ‘Public’. So, if you limit your Sharing to Friends, Friends of Friends or to your Compers list – then you won’t be in the draw. This is a real shame and one of the reasons I rarely enter Sharing comps – there are probably many of us wondering why we don’t win them, and not realising this is why. Any comps that require you to Like, Comment or Share a post are actually breaking Facebook promotion rules too!
After posting on your wall, you can change your mind about the visibility by clicking to the right of the post and changing the setting – for example from ‘Public’ to ‘Close Friends’. You can also assign these restrictions to your photos and photo albums – if you’re combining your comping with a personal account, it’s probably worth changing the privacy of your photos from ‘Public’ or ‘Friends’ to ‘Close Friends’ and ‘Family’.
You can view your News Feed from a specific list too – so you can view your ‘Compers’ list to see all the competitions that people are entering in one place, without all the updates from Fan pages and your non-comping friends.
Keeping your wall tidy
Because I only have one Facebook account and my wall privacy is set so that anyone can see it, I like to keep it tidy. I regularly delete Automatic wall posts from friends via Facebook Apps – to do this, just click to the right and choose ‘Delete post’. If someone has tagged you in a competition photo or status which has appeared on your wall, you can also click to the right and choose ‘Remove from Profile’ – don’t worry, this won’t remove the tag from the original photo or post! If you’re worried about what certain people can see on your wall, you can click the ‘View As’ button on your profile and view your page as ‘Public’ or as any of your friends to check what’s visible.
Hiding wall activity
If your friends don’t want to see your comments and likes in their Newsfeed, they can click to the right of them and choose ‘Unsubscribe from comments and likes’. They can also choose ‘Unsubscribe’ so they won’t see any posts at all from you – if you have friends who complain about your comping then this is what you should advise them to do! They can always pop over to your Facebook page to catch up on anything they’ve missed, and there’s no need for them to ‘Unfriend’ you. If you’re thinking of merging two Facebook accounts, it might be worth sending messages to your close friends and family to explain their options for hiding your comping posts and activity!
Merging two accounts
Facebook doesn’t have any way of merging accounts – you will have to delete one account and add the extra friends to the other account. As your comping account probably has a lot more friends, photos, Apps and Pages then it might be best to keep that one. Send a message to Friends and Family from your original account to explain what you are doing – include a polite recommendation that they might want to change their subscription settings to avoid seeing all your comping activity!
Whilst logged in on your comping account, visit your main account’s Friends list and click to Add Friends from that account – remembering to put them in your ‘Close Friends’, ‘Acquaintances’ or ‘Family lists. Before deleting your original Facebook account, you should download all the information – you can read how to do this on the Facebook Help pages.