How to change my name on facebook

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April 28th, 2012 by InsideOut Solutions

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Old motel signFacebook has just rolled out a slightly easier way to apply for a name change for your Fan page. If the name of your business has changed, or there is a misspelling, or you find it’s just too long, or not consistent with the name on your website, you can apply for a change.

*(This info was updated on 12/12/12)

  • To apply for a change, navigate to your Fan page.
  • In the Admin Panel, select > Edit Page > Update Info.
  • This will take you to the “Basic Info” tab where, about 1/3 of the way down you’ll see the current name of the page and the link “Request Change.” (Not a button, but a link).
  • You can being the process of applying for a name change on the follow-on screen.

  • Fill in the form with your current Page name
  • The Page name you would like to use instead.
  • Indicate the reason for the request in the drop down menu.
  • If choosing “Other” from the drop down menu, add an explanation in the box.
  • To expedite the process upload an image, pdf or text file to support the request for the change.

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So far, Fan page owners are reporting that submitting the change is fairly painless, and the request normally goes through smoothly within a couple of days. In all the Fan pages I investigated, I did not see the option to “Request a name change” in the “Help” drop down when pages had 200 fans or less, that’s because with fewer than 200 fans, you can make these changes yourself without applying to Facebook for the change.

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Keep in mind that Facebook is not able to change the URL (web address) for your Page at this time. Perhaps they will in the future. If 123 Bed and Breakfast changes its name to 789 Bed and Breakfast, the old Facebook custom URL will remain facebook.com/123bandb.

Points to remember

I cannot say whether changing your name will actually work or not, but hopefully this will make you think if it will actually work effectively as you have been led to believe.

At the end of the day we live in a digital world, everyone uses the Internet and it had become increasingly easy for people to find very detailed information out about you. Do have fun and socialise with your friends but do it safely and look strongly how your account portrays to the rest of the Internet.

  • Facebook only lets you change your name a number of times.
  • Create a LinkedIn Account
  • Review your privacy settings
  • Remove anything that you would not want anyone such as your parents seeing.
  • Search results do not necessarily get updated that quickly.
  • Google yourself see what other information that someone can find out about you.

Image Credit, Facebook Campus – Marcin Wichary 

4) I want to… hide my personal information

Over the years, Facebook has probably collected a tonne of personal information. Your email address, your birthday, political views, phone number, where you’ve studied, your sexual orientation, your political views, where you’re from, where you’re worked, who you’re married to and who you’re related to.

With most employers now doing social media checks on potential employees, you may want to shield some of this sensitive information. In the US for example, it’s still legal for employers to fire gay people.

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Thankfully, much of this can be controlled via the Privacy Check Up mentioned above. You can alter who sees what by heading to the About section of your profile and selecting Edit under each section. To alter privacy settings from Friends to Only Me will hide the information from your profile. In many cases you may want to remove it completely by clicking the X.

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6) I want to… post something, but hide it from my timeline

Maybe you have something to say and don’t want it as a permanent record on your timeline, a thought, a meme, a joke in context that’s of its time, a photo, etc. You can achieve this by ticking the Hide From Timeline box in the post field.

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10) I want to… limit who can send me friend requests

Click Settings > Privacy and head to “who can send me friend requests.” You can change it from Everybody to Friends of Friends, but that’s about as far as you can go. This is also accessible form the Privacy Shortcuts accessed by clicking the padlock.

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Shortcuts

11) I want to… block someone

This one’s easy (and fun). Use the Privacy Shortcuts or go to Settings > Blocking, begin typing the name of the friend (or ex-friend) you wish to block from your account. You can also block certain people from sending you messages, but you have to be friends with them.

It’s also possible to block people people you’re not friends with by heading to their profile, clicking the “…” on the right hand side and selecting Block.

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