MySpace Party: The Wisdomless Crowd Shows Up

April 19, 2007

This is a rather sad article: A teenager posted an invitation to a party at her house on MySpace and was flooded by hoodlums who trashed her parents’ house and did a lot of unspeakable things – $48,000 in damages, a suitcase full of alcohol, vomit buckets, cigarette butts everywhere.

“Whoever has come in here are worse than animals, it’s like house rape. They’ve been sick everywhere, urinated and trashed the house. It will take a month for it to be professionally cleaned and we are having to stay in temporary accommodation.”

Her MySpace advertisement for the “Skins” party was subtitled, “Let’s trash the average family-sized house disco party,” though the teenager denies posting the message.

So I guess it’s partly the fault of the MySpace user to invite such death and destruction, but I’m strangely reminded of how the sheer numbers of faceless Digg users sometimes “trash” the websites they land upon.

Something to think about the next time one posts to a social news website. It may be like inviting a bunch of party animals to your website – be prepared!

Comments

  1. engtech says:

    I’ve seen this before on regional message boards long before MySpace was around… there’s even a cellphone commercial alluding to the phenomina (one of those walkie talkie things).

    Great analogy with getting the Digg commenters to visit though.

  2. tunequest says:

    I recently read about similar behavior resulting from a posting on craigslist. A disgruntled tenant, who was being evicted, left a message inviting people to the house and take what they wanted. The door was left unlocked and sure enough, the place was trashed. Even bathroom fixtures were taken.

    The prospect of someone posting a “looting message” and having an unruly mob show up on your doorstep is cause for concern, I’d say.

  3. webomatica says:

    Yeah I kinda remember that story about Craigslist from a while back – here’s a link. It’s worth reviewing. Pretty bizarre.

  4. Bob says:

    This is a really sad story. What was she thinking?

  5. webomatica says:

    Hmmm, I’m sure the parents are wondering that too!