What is a Facebook Profile?
A profile is a place on Facebook where you can share information about yourself, such as your interests, photos, videos, current city, and hometown. To see your profile, click or tap your name or profile picture at the top of Facebook.
The Facebook profile is an individual’s personal account, where he or she can post updates, upload photos, share videos, maintain a friends list and provide personal information. Though “profile” is often used to refer to the page of both personal or professional accounts, businesses have Facebook “Pages” which offer advertising features.
You must have a profile to create a Page or help manage one. Pages are places on Facebook where artists, public figures, businesses, brands, organizations, and nonprofits can connect with their fans or customers. When someone likes or follows a Page on Facebook, they can start seeing updates from that Page in their News Feed.
- Pages have the same basic social functionality as profiles: create posts, leave comments, upload photos, and more. The primary difference is that Pages have followers while profiles have friends. Pages can invite users to follow their page as a fan.
Facebook Profiles are intended strictly for individual people only and are meant for non-commercial purposes.
- Pages, by contrast, resemble profiles but are meant for businesses and organizations.
- On the Pages can run Facebook ads and promotions.
- Pages must be affiliated with at least one profile, so for business owners uninitiated to Facebook, creating a personal profile is a prerequisite.
You must have a profile to create a group or help manage one. Groups are a place to communicate about shared interests with certain people. You can create a group for anything — your family reunion, your after-work sports team, your book club — and customize the group’s privacy settings depending on who you want to be able to join and see the group. When you join a group on Facebook, you starting seeing content from that group in your News Feed.