The Possible Pitfalls of Creating a Facebook Event

By Akemi Iwaya on September 21st, 2010

The next time you or someone you know creates what should be a “private or personal” Facebook event, it would be good idea to quickly review it and make certain that a certain pre-selected option is disabled.

Case in point, a young girl in the U.K. created a Facebook event to invite 15 friends to her upcoming birthday party. So far, so good right? Not in the least. An estimated 21,000 people have replied to say that they were going to come to her party.

The problem all stems from a pre-selected option in the Create an Event window. By default the Anyone can view and RSVP (public event) option is enabled. Unfortunately for the young girl she did not deselect the option and had added her address and phone number to the invitation. You can imagine the “nightmare” that has ensued.

While this may seem funny at first it really is not. This is something that could happen to our children as they are learning what to do and not do online, or perhaps to a family member/friend who is not as computer (or Facebook) savvy as we could wish. It definitely gives you something to think about…

What do you think? Could Facebook do a better job and have the event options set up as “opt-in”? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Teen sends Facebook invite to 15; 21,000 reply [via CNET News]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 09/21/10
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