These Facebook Events Aren’t Real, But They’re Real Funny

After reading this, you may become skeptical of each and every Facebook event invite you receive. I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this but no, Third Eye Blind will not really be performing at the LensCrafters at Southlake Mall in Indiana. The false Facebook event has been around for the past few years, but we’re currently in the midst of a resurgence of sorts with all of these fictional concert events popping up in our feeds.

The first one I ever encountered was an event called “staying in tonight” which was organized by Chicago comedian Andy Fleming and now had over 29k “attendees.” The details of the event are merely “sorry, i’m busy tonight :(” which is all there is to say, really.

So, who is making all of these events?  Flavorwire recently looked into the phenomenon, but they don’t seem to be too sure, either.

“After some serious FB event surfing and sleuthing we noted a few things. First, even though the gigs are created by different users, Facebook’s algorithm seems to recognize them as similar, so if you to go the event page for one of them, you can find other phonies in the “similar events” column. This suggests that in the beginning anyway, they were a created by connected crew of friends or acquaintances. With so many people clicking going or interested, which then appear on friend’s feeds, these invites have spread like wildfire and inspired strangers to join in the foolhardy fun too. Second, it’s probably more than a coincidence that April 1st was only a month and a half ago. Facebook has always made for a great place to pull online pranks with friends and our guess is, that’s how the trend began.”

Yes, people actually think these events are real sometimes.

“Scroll through the comments on the event pages for the quickly multiplying mass of strange billings and you’ll see quite a few confused posts asking “Is this real?” Others pose seemingly sincere inquiries about set-times and cover charges, while most just seem to be going along with the gag, jokingly polling would-be attendees about set lists and the like.”

And yes, of course, people are upset and angry over these events because the internet sure does love getting upset and angry.

“Some Facebook users already feel that way, and as a result they’ve created — you guessed it — a (very real) Facebook event called “Rage Against the Fake Facebook Events” (World Tour) for those who are “sick of their event page spammed up with fake events. This is our stand!”

Oh, the irony. I’m a big fan of the form. Here’s a list of a few of my favorite fake events, some of which I really wish were real. Well, in the case of “staying in tonight,” this has been real for me on many accounts.

Drake LIVE at Hooters on Peachtree 

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eat flamin hot cheetos till you see god

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Become an Actual Potato

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Sugar Ray LIVE @ The Applebees On Broadway

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Radiohead at Radioshack

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give up on everything

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Crying and Eating Bread by Yourself on the Floor

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Be on the lookout for more of these and be sure to ‘invite’ me to the very funny ones.