When Social Media Invites Go Wrong

Some of you are probably on their Spring Break and thinking of having a huge party. You’re probably gung-ho about telling your friends on Facebook and Twitter that it would be hands down the best party in your suburban area. Well guys, being someone who only recently had the chance to celebrate Spring Break before crossing over to the 9-to-5 world, I’d stop and think about spreading that invite on the Internets for a bit.

Last week’s fete on the Westside of Los Angeles caused a stir as these teenagers took a page from the “Project X” book and gave the 500-or-so revelers a house party to remember—all thanks to info from Twitter and Facebook. Of course, the Westside party doesn’t compare to that German girl who accidentally forgot to make her event private and had more than 1,000 show up to cause mayhem.

Although we can say that social media has benefitted us in the long run, it still doesn’t mean that others will cause a ruckus using these tools. So if you’re looking to party hard without the “Project X” crowds and the police on your back, here are some primers:

More People Doesn’t Mean More Fun

Social media may have eased the barriers in getting everyone and anyone to your event, but inviting tons of people doesn’t mean it will be a fun thing. It did help a couple of teenagers open their empty house to their party-frenzied fellows; about 500 people showed up at an affluent neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles. Of course, when you have 500 people turn out for a party, it’s no walk in the park. In fact, the party turned out like the previews of “Project X” instead of those campy 1990s teen comedies—a crazy, debauched fest with plenty of people drunk, wreaking havoc and getting arrested by the police. When you invite tons of people on the social media networks and on your smartphones, if they want to party, they will come. Be prepared to face the consequences however.

Keep It On The D.L.

When a teenage girl from Germany named Tessa invited a few friends over to her house one spring to celebrate her birthday, she thought it would be just a nice get-together. Little did she know that it would be a nice get-together with more people than she expected. Turns out she forgot to keep the invite private, which meant that everyone who cared managed to see it and more than 15,000 replied to the “party.” Even though her parents forced her to cancel the party after the fluke, it didn’t stop 1,500 from showing up at her front door with birthday presents, cake and booze. Unlike the last example where hundreds of teenagers wreaked havoc, the frenzy was “mostly peaceful” according to a police officer. Moral of the story: Make sure to double check that your invite is private before sending it out!

Although keeping the party under wraps doesn’t guarantee that a mob of people will show up, it will only decrease the likelihood. Party responsibly!

[Sources: The Huffington Post, Daily Mail]

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