Today, we are announcing that we will remove all App Profile Pages on February 1st, 2012. Though similar in appearance, the automatically generated App Profile Pages differ in features from traditional Facebook Pages, and over time the inconsistencies between the two, such as different Insights, APIs, and distribution channels, have become more apparent.
Over the next few weeks, the following banner will appear to admins at the top of the App Profile Page:
If you are an admin of an eligible Facebook Page (must be of the Product/App category and match the app name), you will be prompted with the ability to transfer Likes to this Page. Transferring Likes will give you the ability to publish updates to these users from your new Facebook Page as you do today.
Please note that we will only transfer Likes, and not the content of these Pages. Before you go through the migration process, please ensure you have downloaded all photos, posts, Insights, and any other material that you want to keep. Once you hit the migrate button, the App Profile Page will be deleted.
The Like migration can take up to seven days, and it may be several hours before you see any movement on the Page. If you have a Vanity URL associated with your App Profile Page, we will transfer the Vanity URL to the Facebook Page so long as one doesn’t already exist for the Page.
If no action is taken before February 1st, 2012, your App Profile Page will be deleted and we will send all App Profile Page traffic directly to your app.
For new apps
New apps will not automatically get an App Profile Page. Instead, new apps can choose to create a Facebook Page from the Dev App. Simply visit the Contact Info section in the Advanced tab of the Dev App and click on the “Create Facebook Page” button to create a new Facebook Page.
Hitting Confirm on the next dialog associates the new Facebook Page with your app. By default, the Page is titled “[YOUR_APP_NAME] Community Page”. You can modify this at any time. The Page has a “Go To App” button on the top right and the following links on the left menu:
- Block App
- Remove App
- Contact Developer
- Report App
API breaking changes
Related Graph API object connections will be removed on March 1st, 2012 [90-day breaking change]. We will remove the following Graph API App object connections that pertain to information on an App Profile Page:
The documentation has been updated. Please make updates to your code to refrain from calling these APIs.
Adding an app to a Page
To add an app to a Page, Page admins relied on the ‘Add to my Page’ link found on App Profile Pages. For your convenience, we are providing an ‘Add to Page’ dialog that you can now embed on your website, app, or Page tab.
Here is sample code for how to display the dialog, along with documentation.
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:og="http://ogp.me/ns#" xmlns:fb="http://www.facebook.com/2008/fbml"> <body> <a href="#" onclick=window.open("http://www.facebook.com/dialog/pagetab? app_id=YOUR_APP_ID&redirect_uri=YOUR_URL","PageTab","width=500,height=200");> Dialog</a> </body> </html>
We will begin displaying the migration banner to a few App Profile Pages today and ramp up the rollout over the next few weeks.
Please let us know if you have any questions in the Comments below.