Facebook winners and losers
One Whopper with no friends please...
Most of the 38 applications you find stocked up in your notifications box each day usually consist of a mass forwarding process of more page clutter you have no intention of looking at. But when Burger King released an application to test whether you were true friend hogger or a ruthless member of society when a freebie was a stake, started a brief Facebook friends cull. Offering a tasty Whopper for deleting 10 friends from your network was swiftly withdrawn by the moderators once people were willing to sell their mates down the river for a Whopper with cheese.
Facebook status: Winner - the fast food chain got their publicity, and some Facebook users got fed.
Read the full story here: Chicago Tribune
Rick Rollin' to Christmas number one
2008 was clearly the year of the 80's one hit wonder they call Astley. So what better way to crown the cult pop crooner's brief return to the limelight with the coveted Christmas number one spot? Over 55,000 users joined the Facebook group to get 'Never Gonna Give You Up' to number one with the hope that each member downloading the track would secure his position as the top festive track. The Lancashire lad in the end failed to scupper the likely X-factor big seller to be top of the Christmas tree.
Facebook status: Winner - The Rick Roller shall surely live on
Read the full story here: Rick Astley
Star of CCTV
Proving that the power of Facebook is for the greater good, New Zealand police managed to nab a criminal after posting CCTV footage of the criminal in action. In his strenuous attempts to break into a bar safe, the unnamed 21-year-old stupidly took off his balaclava to reveal his identity. After posting images and video of the bumbling crook, he was identified by users and was shown the hard side of the law.
Facebook status: Winner - showing that Facebook is more than just a reason to go friend hunting
Read the full story here: The Inquirer
The greatest football gaffe
This delightful young man is Crystal Palace's Ashley-Paul Robinson or 'Motor Mouth' as he is also known to some. After a potential move to Premier League side Fulham was in the offing, he thought he would alert his friends to a potential big-money move by changing his status to 'Ashley-Paul is goin fulham on Monday. If I pull dis off im on dis ting'. Little did he know that he had let the entire London network know of his transfer news. As well as a likely ribbing from his teammates he no doubt would have had a polite word from fiery manager Neil Warnock.
Facebook status: Loser - Facebook 1-0 Ashley-Paul Robinson
Read the full story here: The Telegraph
Wispa campaign to brink back the choc
One of the first examples of the Facebook power to change, Cadbury's adhered to that age-old business rule and listened to their confectionery customers. 14,000 Facebook members clearly feeling a chocolate void in their lives since the bar left our newsagent shelves sought to bring back the iconic 80s treat. Cadbury's duly delivered by launching 23 million of the bars to the delight of Wispa fans nationwide.
Facebook status: Winner - Does anyone know where the Chomp bar has gone?
Read the full story here: ITN
You have been royally dumped
Once there was the face-to-face dumping, then there was the text break-up to avoid the likely emotional reaction, now Facebook has become home of the heartbreak. When Prince Harry's former squeeze Chelsy Davy decided that she had enough of the Prince, she turned to her social networking chum to be the bearer of bad news and make Harry a singleton once more.
Facebook status: Loser - She clearly has blown her chances of ever having tea with the Queen
Read the full story here: Yahoo