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Girl makes mistaken Facebook party invite and has to flee the town to escape mob

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Drunken Partygoers at Project-X HarenAh, the power of Facebook. As the BBC reports, a 15-year-old Dutch girl posted an invitation to her 16th birthday party on Facebook but wasn’t real clear on the use of Facebook privacy controls. She forgot to set the Facebook event to “private”.

After 20,000 replies, the girls realized she (and the town she lived in) had a big problem on her hands. Citizens of the town of Haren bolted their doors and locked their windows as news spread that the invite had been passed on to over 30,000 people. The Dutch police were put on high alert even after the girl quickly cancelled the party and issued an appeal begging would be revelers to stay away. Over 4,000 still turned up anyway, many wearing “”Project X Haren” T-Shirts.

The girl who issued the invitation fled her home in Haren and riot police were deployed to control the invading crowds and keep them away from the girl’s home.

Girl flees home before partygoers arriveRob Bats, the mayor or Haren explained:

“An innocent call on Facebook to party led to riots, destruction, looting, fires and injuries in the center of the town.”

Unruly partygoers were arrested but not before they partied in the streets of Haren.  Reuters news agency noted,

“At least six people were hurt and 20 arrests were made as rioters vandalized and looted shops, setting a car on fire and damaging street signs and lamp-posts.”

A new Facebook page has since been created called “Project Clean-X Haren” to clean up the mess left behind by the partygoers. It had more than 17,000 “likes” as of Saturday morning.


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Mark Cuban explains why he lost a ton of money on Facebook stock

Mark Cuban, the geeky American magnate who owns the Dallas Mavericks NBA team, posted an interesting take on the mentality of stock trading.  If you are a geek that trades stocks or is interested in pillaging the stock market, check out Cuban’s reason for losing a boatload of money buying Facebook stock.  Facebook stock was played up before it was introduced and a bunch of people piled in on the action.  The stock ended up tanking which made people feel like they had been duped.  Cuban explains who was to blame.

I bought and sold FB shares as a TRADE, not an investment. I lost money. When the stock didn’t bounce as I thought/hoped it would, I realized I was wrong and got out. It wasn’t the fault of the FB CFO that I lost money. It was my fault. I know that no one sells me shares of stock because they expect the price of the stock to go up. So someone saw me coming and they sold me the stock. That is the way the stock market works. When you sit at the trading terminal you look for the sucker. When you don’t see one, it’s you. In this case it was me.

The geek rockstar is smart enough to know who really was to blame and confident enough to openly admit it.  We like the guy.