The Secret Surprise Party That’s Public on Facebook

Topics: Social Media

Note: Also see my follow-up post on How to Create a Private Facebook Event.

Sometimes, it’s the unintentionally funny things on Facebook that make me laugh the most.   Today I noticed in my Facebook feed that 3 friends of mine were attending a “surprise” birthday party – but it was for someone I didn’t even know, and it listed full details of the event to boot.  There was just something so incongruous about the secret, surprise elements of this party appearing in my public feed, for someone I didn’t even know.

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Oh dears, this doesn't look like a surprise...

This also led me to wonder – was the lucky person whose surprise birthday party it was ALSO able to see this event?

Is there any way to block just one person from seeing a *Public* Facebook event that you create?

Since attempted research into this proved inconclusive, I decided to create a trial event of my own, and attempt block my nefarious business partner Nick Perez from seeing it, mua ha ha.

But… I can’t figure it out.  Yes, I am committing the incredible faux pas of blogging about something that I actually don’t have the answer to yet.  At least I learn something – or try to learn something – new every day.  ;)   In the meantime, the guest list is growing and Nick can see the event.  He’s also horrified at how many people are already attending the “Nick Is Not Invited Event”.

Anyone have any ideas?

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6 Comments

  1. I have the same question! (Let’s hope my girlfriend doesn’t see this comment.)

    Posted by Steve, April 8, 2011 Reply

  2. Here’s the answer! #5 on this list of instructions: http://www.ehow.com/how_2031207_event-facebook.html

    Posted by Steve, April 8, 2011 Reply

  3. Whoops. Not so much:
    http://mashable.com/2010/05/01/facebook-events-new-version/

    Posted by Steve, April 8, 2011 Reply

  4. It seems like facebook did their usual thing and removed previous functionality, I often wonder how the reason when they make new layouts and functions and the old ones just disappear out of the blue… Did they simply forget to include it or was it done on purpose? No-one ever knows..

    I had an event for last summer which I had set up to be a secret event, since the event never took place and it will be the same setting this year I’m going to use that event and just change the date. I’m not sure weather it will still be secret though. Probably not..

    Posted by Oskar, April 22, 2011 Reply

  5. It’s confusing – you can still make an event secret/private, but then you have to choose who you want to invite.

    I wish there was a way to create a public event on Facebook, and then choose certain individuals you’d want to BLOCK from seeing the event. Like the person the surprise party is for! That way, it’s a surprise party, lots of people can show up, but it’s still a “secret”… as much as any public event posted online would be a secret. ;)

    I guess what struck me about the above event was that it was totally public and viewable by ALL, but it was a “Surprise Party”. Whoops.

    Posted by Sarah, April 28, 2011 Reply

    • Yeah.. I’m really sad there isn’t.

      Posted by Laura Williams, June 20, 2011

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