If you’re a regular frequenter of popular Facebook pages and groups, then you might have started to spot a little jewel icon with the legend Top Fan on some of your fellow commenter’s posts. These mark those individuals out as, well, Top Fans, which is one of the newer features from the social media giant. So, what are they and how do you get one? We explain.
What is a Facebook Top Fan badge?
There are two new badges that appear on people’s posts: Top Fan and Valued Commenter. As the names suggest, the former is awarded to those who are the most active and engaged on a page or group, while the latter honours people who regularly post comments.
How can I get a Top Fan badge?
The answer is simple: take a very active part in the life of a page or group. This includes watching videos that are posted, liking and sharing posts, and of course commenting.
There are a few stipulations though. The page or group in question must have over 10,000 followers, so this will no doubt rule out your local church group or book club. The page must also have enabled the Facebook badges feature for this all to work.
You can see who the Top Fans of a page are by visiting it and clicking on the Community option in the left-hand column. This will then present you with a box at the top entitled Top fans, listing the chosen few inside.
How to award Top Fan badges
So long as the page or group meets the requirements mentioned above, there are a few other steps that need to be taken before the Facebook badges feature will work.
First, you’ll need to switch to the video template for Pages. This is done by logging on to Facebook via a PC then going to your page, selecting Settings>Template and Tabs then clicking on the Edit option within the Templates section. Finally, just select the Video Page template.
Facebook lists a few other things about the page that needs to be in place, which are as follows;
- Have more than 10,000 followers
- Are at least 28 days old
- Aren’t using the civic engagement badge
With all of this ticked off, the last stage is to go to your page, select Settings then look in the left-hand column for Facebook Badges, click on it, then enable Top Fan Badges.
That’s it, your Top Fans should now be automatically selected when they reach the required level of interaction. If, at any point, you wish to revoke this privilege, simply click on a comment by the Top Fan and select the Remove Badge option.
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