Ok, now it's official: Everyone is on Facebook. Even the Queen of England, and Her Royal Court. Those who are fascinated with the lifestyle, comings and goings, and activities of The British Monarchy can now keep up with them in their Facebook news feed.
I was surprised (and pleased) to see that at least for now, whoever is managing the page is allowing comments from fans of the page. You can't post to the wall directly, but you can comment on posts that the page admins put up, including photos, news stories, and videos (yes, there is a Royal YouTube Channel). There is a warning that offensive comments will be deleted. That seems reasonable. Of course if you're not on Facebook, you can also follow the @BritishMonarchy on Twitter.
This page just went "live" this morning, and aA I've been writing this post, the page has gained over 1,000 fans, bringing the total 67,436, and that number is sure to grow rapidly throughout the day and week.
Overall, I'm impressed. While the page itself is not "spectacular" in terms of the use of technology (it's a pretty basic Facebook page), it is professional, yet "friendly." In America, we are sometimes led to believe that the Royals are a bit "stuffy" or "snobbish" in their interactions with people. I suspect this is mostly due to their need for high-level security (for understandable safety purposes), and centuries worth of tradition and formality that we may not understand. But, at least in the world of technology, the Royal family is demonstrating a sincere desire to keep up with the times, and maintain contact with its subjects and the rest of the world. For this, I think they deserve a hearty, American, "Good job, y'all!"
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.