Posting an event on Facebook
used to be a quick and convenient way to let your friends know where a party was, or when your band was performing. Now it's becoming a good way to hand your home address over to thousands of anonymous strangers. An Australian girl joined an exclusive league
of Facebook event planners who saw thousands of revelers RSVP to their low-key parties. The girl sent the invite to friends, announcing that it would be an open house party "as long as it doesn't get out of hand." But within 24 hours of posting the event, it had clearly gotten out of hand -- with over 200,000 people responding
that they would be attending.
It turns out that a 17-year-old boy had hijacked the event page and sent it to well over 200,000 people, revealing the girl's home address to untold thousands of strangers. The boy has been charged by police and, sadly, the party has been canceled. Hopefully it's not too late to get a refund on our plane tickets...