Planning to create your Birthday event on Facebook, BEWARE, it May just go Viral!

Facebook as we all know is a great way to share things like our photos and  Birthday wishes with our friends. Sharing on Facebook is one of the key features behind the social networking service, but this next story takes sharing to a whole new level!

After sending out birthday party invitations to schoolmates via  Facebook, the event went viral and close to 200,000 people received and accepted the invite.

“(It’s an) open house party as long as it doesn’t get out of hand,” she wrote on the event page.

The party quickly escalated after more than 200,000 people replied that they were attending the birthday within 24 hours of the event posting.

With 184,000 random attending guests, unfortunately the Party was called of because of the madness of the situation. Funnily and seriously, one random gate crasher even suggested that he would bring explosives. Lets just hope that the Aussie teenager had a nice Birthday without parades of people knocking on her door for a slice of cake and a balloon.

The girl’s address and phone number went public, so she can expect irritating calls and visits in the next few weeks. That will teach her the Facebook privacy  setting  rules at least.

Never doing this again’

Not identifying the girl to prevent further publicity of the event, Fairfax spoke to her yesterday via Facebook before she decided to deactivate her profile.

“I’m never doing this again,” she said. “I’m so scared and now I have the police called.”

On the Facebook invitation, the girl said she didn’t have enough time to invite everyone. She therefore asked for people, if they knew someone who might like to go, to invite them on her behalf.

She also said that the event was going to be an “open house” party as long as it didn’t “get out of hand”. She told Fairfax that she did this because only two people showed up to the last party she held.

Not the first time

This isn’t the first time a Facebook event invitation has gone viral on the web in Australia.

Corey Worthington was one teen who held a massive party with the help of MySpace. About 500 teenagers spilled on to the streets, damaging property and throwing projectiles at police cars. The damage bill came to about $20,000.

Other events, such as the one held by prankster David Thorne, had about 60,000 people listing their intention to attend “Kate’s Party” in April last year. That party was a fake and did not list an address, which made it impossible for anyone to show up.

Another, spurred by an  apparent hacking of a Queensland boy’s Facebook account, had about 4000 people responding that they would attend. That party did have an address and police said that they would be on hand to make sure would-be partygoers did not disturb the people living at the address.

A British teenager also had her 15th birthday party cancelled after  she accidentally invited 21,000 guests.

some content via: BrisbaneTimes