Facebook Pages—and just so we’re clear, I’m talking Pages proper, not personal Facebook Profiles—leave a lot to be desired, so I can’t be the first guy to come up with a list like this. I run the PNWLocalNews.com Page and have been fairly frustrated being left without what I think ought to be standard features. In a lot of cases, it almost seems like Facebook is actively trying to stifle the organic spread of Pages. Let’s just jump right into it:
Post to Page – Why is it I can’t take a link and post it directly to my Pages? Right now I have two options: post to my profile or send in a message. This forces me to take an extra step and click several extra links (Pages admin > Page edit screen > Page).
Comment as myself on my Page – Right now, if I comment on one of my Pages, the comment shows up as my brand:
Why I don’t have the option of commenting as myself (re: as my personal profile) I have no idea. It’s not like I make it some secret that I’m the guy who runs the Page.
Comment as my Page on other Pages and Profiles – I’m not out to spam anyone, but it would be a great help in promoting my Page if I could post as the Page when it’s appropriate and relevant. I think introducing a simple Spam button to comments would prevent a feature like this from being abused and would go a long way to smoking out suspect Pages in general.
Let me @ Pages that I’m not a Fan of – Sometimes all I want is to reference a Page and give credit where credit is due. I’m sure a lot of journalists would appreciate this. (Related gripe: Why can’t I @ Pages or Profiles in comments or chats?)
Get rid of Facebook Markup Language (FBML) – Is there a reason for Facebook to have its own markup language, other than to further fence everything in? It’s not portable and if you’re running some common promotion on your Web site and Page, it means updating two different sets of code. True, FBML does allow basic HTML, but why even do that if you’re going to cut things off when they get more complicated than bold text?
Feel free to pile on in the comment thread.
UPDATE: Some good news
This just in: