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In the world of social media Taylor Swift’s Facebook page reigns supreme. Along with a handful of others, the “Taylor Alison” page feels like the really real deal. With less than 700 friends, it is  very intimate, like playing in the Beacon Theater after headlining Metlife, and it sure seems to me like a very very private enterprise.

Sometimes Team Taylor are throwing up  PR stuff but more often than not we are eavesdropping, and occasionally connecting with Taylor. I got a Thank You after a review once, and a thumbs up after a comment, and believe me, the amount of people who want Taylor’s attention are huge, I mean millions upon millions, to get any recognition is a miracle.

Taylor took down the page yesterday and like we all do every time she takes it down, we panic that it is gonna forever, but within 12 hours it is back, renamed “Taylor Swift” (which means it might not be as private soon!). And it is thrilling to find it back with this cute pix here:

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It did some strange things for social media, among them, she put up verified Facebook pages for other stars, and it addressed quite clearly the question of authenticity with Taylor once and for all posting a picture of herself authenticating it. I guess it could be fake but it had the clear ring of real, as well as breaking Taylor news (she  is going to be performing at the Victoria Secret party) before it broke really anywhere.

Pictures of her cats mixed with ASK FM q and a’s (we printed them here once), hi-jinx with close friends are added to memories with family members. It isn’t quite what you’d consider a real Facebook page, Tay (her really real nickname) doesn’t get in the trenches with her FBFs, a lot of it is all praise to the Tay stuff , which, when Swift responds, it remains the equivalent of an autograph. And yet, more than any celebrity Facebook wall I’ve ever seen, it had the gift of contact, of reality. In the middle of the night she would   post a “can’t sleep” and follow it with cookie recipes (“about the baking situation”) and the entire paintingtheworldred13 on Facebook is like a secret society between us and the star.

And how big is Taylor? Google her, you’ll get 315 Million results. She has 25 million twitter followers. Taylor is so big that in the normal scheme of things I’d have more chance of hitting the lottery than getting her to read a review of her I wrote –which she did and which she liked . There are layers upon layers of security here, if only for physical protection,  so it is so strange that even for a little while  Taylor joined the proles , joins her fans, hides in plain sight on Facebook, proves it’s her. I mean, really proves.  Yesterday Entertainment Weekly broke the story of Taylor performing  at the Victoria Secret party on December 10th I read it on Taylor’s facebook wall two days ago. Yesterday she was in rehearsal and thoroughly enjoying it.

This is such a creative use of the private and the public: it is as if you are being given access to a secret society of good friends, whether it is in jokes , or personal friends taking over Taylor’s Facebook wall while she is at the CMAs, or snippets from lyrics she is writing, personal philosophy, heart break make up advice, it has a sense of reality so much greater than twitter.

I still don’t understand why she has so few FB friends but I don’t care, I’ll post this on her wall and maybe she’ll pick me out again…

Oh well, we’ll always have the baking thing.

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