Should the Queen be on Facebook?

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Last week, the Queen signed up for Facebook. While it’s doubtful she’ll be uploading photos from a night on the sherry or telling us about Christmas quarrels with Philip, she will have her very own fan page on the site.

Those who ‘like’ the will be able to see regular news, exclusive videos, photos and speeches from the Royal Family.

The Royal Family even have their own Facebook application, “Near Me”, designed to show users if there are any Royal events happening nearby.

But how sensible is it to create a page where ‘fans’ can comment on the page? The Royal Family tends to evoke strong opinions from the British public, and a page like this might open them up to a lot more abuse.

However, the Queen is exceedingly popular on the other side of the pond, so I’m sure the page will get just as many likes from our American cousins.

It’s not the first time they’ve used social media. They’ve already got a Flickr account, where they regularly upload photo updates. The Twitter account has been going since 2009, and they’ve even had a since 2007.

Unsurprisingly, you can also download the Queen’s speech as a podcast.

Do you think it’s a good idea for the Queen to be on Facebook?

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