Facebook Community Pages – A Socialized Wikipedia

by Keri Honea on May 13, 2010

Last week I talked about Facebook removing some of the privacy features from personal posting, and now it’s time to turn our attention to another new feature: Community Pages. I first stumbled onto the Community Pages when I decided to remove some of my past employers and update my positions with my current employers. As soon as I entered “Content Solutions” into the employer field, it created a link, and I thought that it would have linked it to our Content Solutions Fan Page or even our website. Oh how wrong I was.

It instead linked me to a newly created Content Solutions Community Page.

According to Facebook’s FAQs,

Community Pages are a new type of Page that enable you to see what people are saying about the things that matter to you, and discover the friends and people who share these connections with you. They are similar to any other Page to which you can connect, although they won’t generate stories in your News Feed, and won’t be maintained by a single author. Where available for the relevant topic, they also show content that Facebook has licensed from Wikipedia.

We think your experience on Facebook will improve as your profile is turned into a living map of all the connections that matter to you, instead of a static list of your interests.

If this makes little sense to you, perhaps a screenshot of our new page will explain things further.

Content Solutions Facebook Community page

Basically, every post out there that mentions the phrase “content solutions” gets plastered on the Content Solutions Community Page. The only thing that we, the Content Solutions company, can control on the page is how often we make wall posts (which could be spamtastic and annoying like the other poster on this page) and I was able to submit our official website to Facebook. I’m waiting to hear back from them about their approval of our official site.

And before you ask, no, you can’t turn off your posts from appearing in the Community Pages. While plenty on Facebook believe this constitutes a violation of privacy, the fact is that these Community Pages are positively ludicrous. For starters, Facebook obviously wants to try to make these Community Pages a more socialized version of Wikipedia. That’s a failure of an idea in the first place, because not everyone will have credible information, and since all posts are getting dumped in there, there’s no moderation of the facts. Facebook says that when a large number of people (around 1,000) “Like” a Community Page, they will step in and moderate it and start reaching out to experts in the field.  Who can be an expert? Anyone who signs up for a particular topic. As we all know, we need more editable Wikipedias  controlled by self-proclaimed experts in the world.

So, businesses with Fan Pages, you may want to check yourself out on the Community Page section and see 1) if one has been created for your business and 2) what’s going on in it. This is something else we all have to monitor, because we have no real control over it and these Community Pages pop up in the Facebook search engine, potentially redirecting fans to the Community Page instead of your Fan Page.

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