One Man's Fight Against The Facebook Virus
LOS ANGELES - November 14. David Jordan, 31, turned on his computer and immediately checked his Facebook page to get an update on his friends' activities from the night previous. That's when he first noticed something wasn't right. The most recent activity on his feed was from six hours ago: some jerk from high school complaining that last night's episode of Sons of Anarchy left him frustrated.
"Usually there's at least one drunk picture from somebody," David said, "or a 'I can't sleep' or one of those 'big day tomorrow' posts with no added details on the big day. But no, there's was nothing. Something was wrong."
It didn't take long for David to discover what the problem was
Two hundred and twenty-eight. That was the number of friends David had before he went to bed on November 13. The following morning, the number had shrunk to 204. In the course of eight hours, David Jordan lost over ten percent of his Facebook friends. Gone without a trace. And he wasn't alone. A virus had wiped thousands of accounts overnight. Promising free iTunes gift cards, people across the world had unknowingly clicked a link on their Facebook feed that turned out to be infected. The worst part of the infection was the rate at which it spread.
"I was shocked at the senseless nature of the virus," Jordan said. "It didn't just affect work friends, or family, softball league guys, or middle school friends. This was getting to everyone. I just had enough. I'd lost too many friends to this virus. Something had to be done."
Jordan put his money where his mouth is. He created a Kickstarter page to raise funds for a benefit concert to raise awareness to help fight and prevent the spread of Facebook viruses.
"It's a two-pronged attacked," Jordan said at a local press conference announcing plans for his benefit show. "It's not enough to know what to do once your account has been infected. People need to know how to prevent the spread of these viruses. Especially with the youth and urban communities. Knowledge can save people's Facebook account. That's all I want. It's time for a cure. We can make it happen! But I need your help."
As of this writing, a venue, lineup, and date have yet to be determined for the benefit. Jordan's Kickstarter page has netted $8.50 and is open for another few days.