Unsolved Mysteries

Our Very Own Catfish: How a Creepy Stranger Co-opted an Observer Photo to Infiltrate a Small Town

Eli Steveness' Facebook profile picture

On August 20, the Observer received an unsettling email from a grandmother in small town California named Cheryl Nagle. She asserted that a mysterious man on Facebook was infiltrating her community’s social media networks, and creepily sending friend requests to a bunch of local kids. And that the Observer, in some bizarre way, was connected to it all.

Obsessed with MTV’s Catfish, we took Ms. Nagle up on her tip. It turned out to be true. Read More

Great Achievements in Facebook

Project X Haren: Why One Dutch Teen Will Never Neglect Facebook Settings Again

Movie poster edited for Project X Haren

A Dutch girl posted an invitation to her 16th birthday party on Facebook. She apparently forgot to set it to private–friends and family only.

Somehow her invitation went viral in a distastrous way. Thirty-thousand people showed up, rioted and shut down Haren, a small town over 100 miles from Amsterdam. CBS reports that authorities in Haren knew something was coming, and the city thought it was prepared: Read More