Why you should only have one Facebook account
Have you considered setting up – or have you already set up – a second Facebook account for comping?
You will not create more than one personal account.
Some compers are altering their name, or adding nicknames to make their name unique – but using a fake name on Facebook can result in your profile being suspended or deleted. From the What names are allowed on Facebook Help page:
The name you use should be your authentic identity; as your friends call you in real life and as our acceptable identification forms would show…. Refrain from adding words, phrases or nicknames in place of a middle name.
You ARE allowed to add a middle name or initial to your Facebook name – but you have to be sure it matches your ID if Facebook query it. You can change your name here.
If you do have two accounts, or use a fake name, it’s easy for another Facebook user to Report your profile by clicking the three dots on your cover photo. The account will be flagged up to Facebook, who may suspend it pending proof of identity – you’ll be required to change your name back to the name on your ID. If you have two accounts, you run the risk of both of them being suspended.
How does a comper cope with a single account?
Most people set up a second Facebook account because they don’t want to annoy their friends and family with competitions, but it’s safer to stick to a single account using your real name and be a bit more organised. Here are a few things you can do to make comping easier.
1. Politely suggest your friends unfollow your posts
Competition entries appear on friends’ newsfeeds and tickers, and can be annoying for non-compers. Your friends can make a very simple change to stop it happening, but it means they won’t see any of your posts on their feed at all. Send messages out to your family and friends (or simply share on your profile to all friends) saying something similar to this:
You might have noticed that I’m entering a lot of competitions – I don’t want to annoy you or lose you as a friend, but if it’s too much then all you need to do is go to my profile page, and click the button that says Following. It will change to Follow – you won’t see any of my posts in your newsfeed, but we’ll still be Facebook friends!
Here’s what the buttons will look like if you’re following:
And when you’ve unfollowed:
2. Organise friends into lists
Facebook lists are an excellent way to organise your friends, and can help solve the problem of keeping your comping activities separate from your work or family ones. You can assign a friend to one or more lists – Close Friends is one of the default lists, and I suggest adding a new list called Compers.
To set up a ‘Compers’ list
- Go to www.facebook.com/bookmarks/lists
- Click Create List and name it Compers
- Click Create – then click Add Friends to List and click on your friends to add them
- This may not load properly if you have a lot of friends – alternatively click Friends on your profile page for a full list of your friends. Click the Friends button next to their photo and tick Compers (see screenshot below) to add them to your new list.
- If you receive a friend request from a comper, click Confirm, then click Friends > Add to another List > Compers
- If you send a friend request to a comper, you can assign that person to your list, even before they accept. Click to Add Friend then click Friend Request Sent > Add to another List > Compers
- On your main Lists page, click the cog next to Compers and choose Add to Favourites – that will put it in your main left hand menu on your Facebook Home page. Click Compers to see a newsfeed of the pages and posts your comping friends are liking and sharing. This is a great way to find comps!
- When you post on your Facebook timeline, you can choose who to share with from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the box you type in – it’s probably automatically set to Public or Friends. If you’re sharing a competition related post, change that to Compers (see screenshot below). If you’re entering a prize draw via a Facebook app or Facebook login on a website, you can sometimes share for an extra entry – change that option to Compers too.
- Facebook remembers your sharing option, and will use it for your next post. After posting, you can click to change the privacy option at any time, for example from Compers to Public.
3. Cut down on the Like & Shares!
Did you know that companies aren’t actually allowed to ask entrants to share a Facebook post to enter a prize draw or competition? Facebook Pages terms state:
Personal Timelines and friend connections must not be used to administer promotions (ex: “share on your Timeline to enter” or “share on your friend’s Timeline to get additional entries”, and “tag your friends in this post to enter” are not permitted).
Unfortunately most pages ignore the rules, and continue to host share promotions. If a promoter specifies you must share a post in order to enter a prize draw, you must share that post on the Public setting, bothering all your friends and followers with it. Despite what compers might tell you, a share on any other setting (Friends, Compers list, etc) is NOT seen by a page Admin – unless the Admin is a Facebook friend of the sharer. From Facebook Help pages:
Posts about a Page respect the privacy settings of the people who create them. Page admins won’t see posts about their Page that people haven’t shared publicly even though people visiting the Page might see them if they’re part of the audience the post was shared with.
Here’s a 3 minute video I made to show which Shares are visible to a Page Admin:
Like & Share comps get thousands of entries, so are really hard to win. Personally, I find them spammy and annoying, so I only enter for local prizes or prizes I really want to win. My opinion? Just give them a miss – stick to the Likes, Comments and Facebook apps. In many cases, the promoter won’t choose a winner from the shares anyway – they’ll choose from comments or likes – so it might even be worth risking a share restricted to your compers list!
Finally, if you really love comping then your true friends will understand and not mind seeing your posts – if they complain about it, then perhaps they’re a friend that’s not worth having!
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