That girl with the 21,000 RSVP

24 Sep

This is not really an alarming case if that girl is really rich, famous and is throwing a really big, big party. But obviously, this is not the case. This is actually a case of stupidity, well a minor case of stupidity. 😛

See that? PUBLIC EVENT. 😐

Facebook events are not set to private by default. Sadly this is not known by the 15 year old Rebecca Javeleau. She forgot to tick that private box. Apparently, that small tick will create a huge rage. Literally, people were raging to find that girl’s house and crash her 15th birthday party.

Here’s the story. She created an event in her Facebook account and invited around 15 friends to her party. She included their home address but she forgot to make the event PRIVATE. Again, this is some case of forgotten/misunderstood privacy settings. Since her event was public, the public thought that they were very much welcome to attend. Hence the 21,000 RSVP. Rebecca’s mother prohibited her daughter from using the computer and the Internet and even had her cellphone number changed. The party was cancelled too for the fear of 21,000 strangers crashing in their sweet little home. There are also some “A-list stars” who said “I’m attending” to her event like Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Susan Boyle etc. The mother also sought help from the police to control the crowd that might still come to their house on October 7. Police can really help them since other events were also created which are very alarming like a fan page “I Was Part Of The 7.10.10 FB takeover of Rebecca Javeleau’s Flat Party” which has more than 250 fans.

In this kind of situation, an Internet user must be very knowledgeable in using it since almost all websites are open to the public. Although the kid’s mother said that Facebook could’ve helped them control the guest list, Facebook, for me, has no fault in this because it is clear that Facebook is set to public by default and there are also privacy settings which a user can customize.

That girl learned her lesson, to manage your privacy settings, the hard way. Good luck to your sweet sixteen! 😛

See the full story here.

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5 Responses to “That girl with the 21,000 RSVP”

  1. Lara Gonzales September 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    Social networking is a place where you put yourself in a position where anyone could be your friend. Since we don’t really want to share information with strangers, privacy settings were made. Maybe these guests have imbibed the networking feature too much that they think they could just crash into a stranger’s party. I still find it weird that these 21,000 guests enlisted for the event even if they do not know her personally though.

  2. Mina Loyola September 29, 2010 at 3:43 am #

    I saw this too on Yahoo and I thought I can make a blog post about it, but I was quite sure someone who make one, heehee I’m right. 😀

    It’s a pity things like this happen because of poorly-managed privacy settings on Facebook, and probably, on the entirety of World Wide Web. In this case, there’s no one to blame but the event creator, because all information regarding events are on Facebook’s terms. As users, we must always check our privacy settings, our online efforts, and how wide their reach will be. These are lessons learned the hard way for Rebecca.

    PS She should have allowed the A-list stars to go! That would be the awesome part of all this mishap. 🙂

  3. strawberrysheepcake October 2, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    I am not aware of this story before I read your entry. I checked on the fan page of the incident and I was surprised how people from other countries still talk about this issue.
    I think this incident with Rebecca goes to show how much people need to control internet use of “children”. although Rebecca is a teenager, there are still stuff about the internet that are much complicated that how it appears to be. Parents should be alarmed by this incident as well. They could never know whether their kids are already posting and sharing some private things on the web. Security and safety already is an issue here.

  4. gj October 2, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    that’s one biiiiig party. privacy really is hard to manage offline, and much harder online, especially if you’re not wary of the how-to’s and what tools to use. It’s not always as easy as locks and keys, or hiring security personnel or putting up fences, though there are equivalents, like firewalls, antivirus, anti-spam, etc. Still, without the know-how, we would be at a loss at keeping our online identities and accounts safe and secure.

  5. Jet Tumang October 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    What a good example of the misuse of NSM (but in actuality this is just an accidental, but still it’s a good lesson learned). Privacy should always be checked in using NSM. We should always remember that with NSM, people get to reveal more and more of their secrets online. Privacy would be a good filter for such information, although such information would still be attainable. The real lesson that could be applied to me is not really about privacy, but on how I should use NSM to focus onto people that I need to focus on. I could get to stay connected with people that my present endeavor could be an interest of, and at the same time could focus my attention to only a small group of people online.

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