I know this won’t be of interest to many of you, but for our Facebooking friends, here’s a curious thing. Over on Facebook, there’s an Atheist Experience page that looks for all the world to be official. Except it isn’t, and never has been. We have no idea who put it up, and whoever did seems to have abandoned administrating it. It currently has over 7740 “likers,” all of whom clearly hopped aboard thinking it was an official page, and who have in fact built up something of a little community there. So it would be a shame to have to get it taken down, which is why Jen is looking into whether Facebook will simply let us take it over. We don’t relish having it taken down and starting up our own from scratch, but that’s what we’ll do if we must.
We don’t have a problem with fans doing fan stuff. After all, most of the people who have become fans of the show did so after discovering YouTube clips posted by other fans. And we’re aware that on the intarweebs, a lot of stuff is simply going to be out of our hands.
What bugs us is that this page was set up to look official when it is not, and thus whoever created it is guilty of deceiving our viewers. If this had been set up as a fan page (there’s already a fine fan group, run by the Macalpine clan, though I have no idea what the difference is between “pages” and “groups” as Facebook sees them, or why they created two separate but nearly entirely similar things in the first place), then hey, fine. If we get to take the page over, we’ll definitely use it in a more (I can’t believe I’m about to use this fucking word) proactive way, posting frequent Wall updates relating to ACA activities, blog posts, video clips, and other stuff of interest. As it is, we can use it to do none of those things, and fans meanwhile are posting stuff to its Wall addressed directly to us, oblivious to the fact we aren’t even seeing it. So, you know, we’ll keep you posted.
Of course, if the person who did create the page happens to be reading this, dude, let us have admin privileges and take it off your hands. We won’t send ninja after you or anything.