In Germany, a Facebook privacy snafu brought 1,400 people to a 16-year old girl’s birthday party. When the girl, Tessa, created the event on Facebook she made the mistake of listing her private party as a public event. According to an Al Jazeera report, within hours of the event being posted over 15,000 people had already RSVP’d “attending.” Despite the fact that a cancellation notice was sent out, over 1,400 people still showed up, although Tessa was nowhere to be found.
According to the video report from Al Jazeera, the mood in the streets outside Tessa’s house was cheerful and good-natured. Attendees chanted her name and sang songs. One attendee said, “It’s a lot of fun to be here even though nobody knows one another.”
I think the moral of this story is clear: be wary of the privacy settings when you create events on Facebook. If you make it public, they will come! And really, they will. A friend of mine hosted a party in Tel Aviv last summer and posted it publicly on Facebook. Over 500 people showed up, 99% of whom she had never seen in her life. In my friend’s case, the party turned out to be fun. But these sorts of situations could potentially lead to disaster as well. Has this ever happened to you or anyone you know?
Check out the video below and tell us what you think in the comments. What would you do if over 1,000 complete strangers showed up to your birthday party?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.