When you decide to have a party or get-together at your house, what is one of the first things you do? Get food and drinks? Clean up the house? For most teens, one of the first things is creating a Facebook event.
Facebook events are a great way to get your party organized. It leaves no doubt in people’s mind as to the purpose of the gathering, who is attending, and people’s excuse for not attending. Something that is not always as clear to kids is the privacy settings of Facebook events, and the consequences of not using them.
The settings for Facebook events are not by default the most private they could be. Not making them private could mean a few unexpected guests. For example, a girl recently planning to have her 16th birthday party at her house accidentally had 200,000 people saying they would be attending. The event even listed her home address and phone number, so people could look up where the event was or call her for details. Chances are you don’t want three or four football stadiums worth of people attending your party. To make sure only some close friends or family are RSVP’ing to your event, there are a few tips to be aware of to keep things from getting out of hand.
When creating an event on Facebook, the key to having your get-together stay private is the check box near the bottom that says “Anyone can view and RSVP (public event)”. Unchecking this box means random people cannot come across your event and say they are attending. If you want the people that you invite to be able to invite their friends as well, there is a check box that appears after unchecking the public event box that says, “Guests can invite Friends”. Allowing guests to invite friends can still allow the event to go viral, but it is probably unlikely that your friends would send out mass invites.
This simple step can save you huge headache, not to mention a call to the police requesting crowd control.