We’ve bent to popular demand. A lot of you – particularly our younger readers – have been asking us why we don’t have an official Raspberry Pi Facebook page. The answer has always been one of resource; up until now we simply haven’t had the necessary number of people on the team to put the extra time in that a Facebook presence requires.

We do now. Here’s the brand new Official Raspberry Pi Facebook thing. We hope you like it.

Helen Lynn has been working for us part-time for a while now, dealing devastating hammerblows (with +10 charisma) to trademark infringers and patent trolls. That role’s now being handled by the most excellent Lorna, while Helen (who is about to have a baby, so please be nice to her so she keeps doing this once she’s popped) has very graciously agreed to add to her hours to manage our Facebook page.

Helen and I go way back; we were bridesmaids at each other’s weddings, have painted one another’s toenails, and have enough dirt on each other to make for a very well-balanced working relationship. Helen is great. She used to live on a boat, and speaks Welsh well enough to win prizes for doing bardic stuff at Eisteddfods. When we are old, we have plans to set up a commune with peacocks in the garden, Indian runner ducks, a collection of antique keyboard instruments hooked up to solenoids, and robots to do the hoovering.

Helen says:

I hope that we can use Raspberry Pi’s Facebook page to talk with

Facebook’s youngest users – the ones who are doing cool stuff with

their Raspberry Pis, and the ones who’ve only just heard about the

device. Most Pi forums are populated largely by adults, often with a

computing or engineering background, and the discussions they have

tend to be different to the sort that young people new to computing

might enjoy. It would be great to maintain the kind of mix where a

school student who has just come across Raspberry Pi can find

conversations they can join in, alongside conversations that will get

them excited about things they could do once they’ve learnt more.


One thing I want to do is to invite submissions for the cover photo

(currently a pretty Creative Commons thing I found) and change that

regularly to help the page look fresh. I want to get FB users sending

stuff that I can write little posts about, but if any readers of the

blog have any images they’d like to see up there for a while (not

necessarily just photos of the Pi – could be anything related to it,

including doodles and jottings), it’d help get the ball rolling.

You heard the lady. Get to it. The content on Facebook will not mirror what’s going on here; so add it to your list of daily reads, use it to find out about more Pi stuff, and please click the like button.


Alan Berry avatar

Just a thought . . . change your Twitter settings so that tweets are sent to the Facebook page at the same time . . . doubles the output or halves the work load!

liz avatar

We might do that; but we do tweet quite a lot, which might rile up the blood of Facebook users. We’re still feeling our way around how best to manage that.

Clifford French avatar

This is a sad day for raspberrypi.org While I spend much of my time encouraging young people and their parents to enter the amazing world of the Pi, I really find it a little surprising that a project that makes so much use of Open Source free software is now endorsing the closed garden world of Facebook, a world that for too many teens brings misery and humiliation.
I do hope that all the projects young people wish to show will be available to non Facebook users.

liz avatar

We’re doing this because those young people you’re talking about have asked us to. We will, as we do here, moderate properly so misery and humiliation don’t get a look in. (Have to say, your post has made me feel pretty miserable, and I’m a grown-up.)

Kev v avatar

Hi Clifford. No, I think this is a fantastic day for Raspberry Pi. It’s making RPi as relevant to as many people as possible, particularly to younger people. Surely that’s exactly what the RPi Foundation aims to do.
If the Facebook page gets people (of any age) into RPi & therefore into computing, then Bingo! Job done.
By the way, I stopped being a teen over 20yrs ago.

clive avatar

Like ;)

Morten avatar

Stop forcing me to join facebook :P

Alan Gilchrist avatar

Great news

Will the unnofical pages stop now theres an official one?

Helen Lynn avatar

We very much hope not! Active community-run forums of all kinds are one of the things that has made the Raspberry Pi successful. We’re talking to those with names and profile pictures that make them easy to confuse with the official page, though, so it’ll hopefully become clearer that they’re unofficial.

Jason Birch avatar

I hope you do not stop using this blog as your primary source of information. I don’t like being negative, but I completely disagree with Facebooks policies and see them as being the worst type of corporate bully, with questionable intent.

psergiu avatar

I second this opinion.
Please post all the important bits of information here.

Clifford French avatar

Totally agree. My comment, in somewhat stronger terms and with concern over opening young people to online abuse, is still awaiting moderation.

liz avatar

Definitely not: this blog will always be the primary source of information. The Facebook page is there specifically because it’s been requested by a lot of kids, whose primary interface with the web is FB; but this site will always be where you should come for news and updates first, and there won’t be anything you’ll miss out on if you aren’t a Facebook user.

Helen Lynn avatar

As Liz says, we’re on Facebook because teenagers are; if you look at teens’ use of digital communications you find that social networking is second only to text messaging, and among the social networking sites that teenagers use, Facebook is solidly predominant.

Once teenagers become enthusiastic about the Raspberry Pi I think they’ll find their way to other forums too, but it’s important to talk to the ones who are just finding out about it and who don’t see themselves as fitting into any community of programmers or makers yet, and to do that we have to go where they already are.

We know that online interactions aren’t always positive and that this can be a particular problem among young people. It would be naive to think we can completely control how people use the social platforms that we manage, but as Liz says further up the comments, we certainly are in a position to discourage and tackle meanness and bullying.

diereinegier avatar

I agree.

I hope that my posts here will never end up somehow embedded in facebook pages. and somehow entangled by their strange attitude to privacy, or properly said by their ignorance of privacy.

I tried facebook knowing their practices to evaluate the use. I made an informed decision to leave when third party software recommended products in my name to other people without me even knowing about it.

facebook is a danger that I want to protect my children of.

Matthew Manning avatar

Should prob ask these guys to change their page.

Helen Lynn avatar

I’m in touch with them; I think their community will look distinct from the official page before too long.

yakko TDI avatar

The peacocks in the garden sounds like a good idea if you have never heard the god awful noises they make. Nothing like being jolted out of bed early on a Saturday morning thinking someone is being murdered out in the parking lot.

For your consideration. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8QtU1FCIJE

Helen Lynn avatar

I don’t remember ever agreeing to peacocks. Liz must’ve been plying me with drink to get that one through.

Flamingos, though: now, they make a rather pleasant sort of quacky noise.

Andy avatar

Years ago, on the Fens, I was woken by peacocks, and thought it great.
Foxes, now … 3 in the morning, sounding like tortured kids …

RicardoRix avatar

facebook and RasPi, sounds like a marmite and jam sandwich.

Omnireso avatar

Just liked it and shared your Hello World post ;-) https://www.facebook.com/omnireso

edwinj85 avatar

Be careful now, Sam Nazarko got a lot of bad press for using facebook – not sure why! I however will be singing the praises of the page to my friends. Watching Africa on my pi last night in hd was so awesome. :)

bigCamel avatar

I know it doesn’t count a thing, but for me Facebook is absolutely uninteresting. I’m not a member and consider it a time grave. But if the folks want it, great. Go RasPi! :)

neagix avatar

I am curious, what type of patent trolls?

Wombat avatar

I dint think anyone under 14 was allowed a facebook page?

Helen Lynn avatar

The minimum age is 13, so most secondary school/high school students are old enough, but we’re not forgetting that Facebook isn’t the place to reach younger children.

W. H. Heydt avatar

Do you plan to keep bees as well? And ride motorcycles? (And…we’ll see how many people get the reference.)

Greg_E avatar

Thankfully you said you would keep the forum and this blog alive, I won’t facebook.

juanRIOT avatar

“…and have enough dirt on each other to make for a very well-balanced working relationship.”

That just cracked me up.
It also makes one jealous when you meet friends who have shared such a long relationship together… magnificent.

Rob avatar

Hmmm. Facebook. Not really my cup of tea, but then I’m probably a bit old for it. If you want to reach the kids,(And of course that’s the whole idea) then that’s where you have to go. So good luck with that. The Kids will soon find all the best stuff here and spread across the net and hopefully drag themselves away form FB. ;)
You can loose far too much time there.
Good luck, n get the kids programming and building. The UK need more tech engineers and I think the Pi is a good way to go.

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