Facebook Adds Names To Page Recommendations

A reader pointed out that Facebook page suggestions sent by administrators now include their names next to recommendations.

One of our readers has pointed out that Facebook page suggestions sent by administrators now include their names next to recommendations.

This simple addition draws a lot more attention to these recommendations than the previous text-only suggestions. And the photos also complement the addition of the friend icon next to the words “suggest to friends” in the right-hand column of the admin panel.

A spokesperson for Facebook said in an email, “This is currently live as we’re testing some improvements to the “tell your fans” feature we created for new, small pages to connect with existing fans. The photo is just the page thumbnail image, which was always there. The only new component is showing the name of the admin.”

Admins have only recently regained the ability to suggest pages — and some still can’t do it — which makes it likely that the addition of photos to the recommendations is part of a test. Facebook had removed the suggestion feature in November.

The recent reinstatement on a selective basis occurred some time after the social network began offering the new page layout on an opt-in basis. And while this new design became mandatory earlier this month, Facebook continues to add improvements in response to demand by admins.

Which reminds us: Readers, are you seeing photos of the admins alongside the pages they are recommending to you?

Thanks to Kevin Evanetski for the tip and screenshots.