CYBERSPACE -- First responders on the scene reported they were hopeful that a trio of extreme bloggers would be found alive after being buried by an avalanche of Facebook Friends over the weekend. Mark Cowell and two companions known only as Bagman and Butler apparently ventured into Facebook and were trapped by the Friend Requests that are common in this part of the world.
People who knew Cowell said that they were surprised that he and his companions were caught off guard so easily. "These weren't amateurs," said a reliable source close to Cowell who chose to remain anonymous. "They were experienced bloggers and had even explored Facebook in the past. They should have been prepared for this."
Facebook, a popular social networking site, is well known for uncontolled, over-friendliness conditions.
Norton Spamalotti, head of "Save Our Faces," an international volunteer group dedicated to helping de-program Facebook Addicts, said that people are often buried by Friend Requests because they no longer remember most of the people requesting friendship but confirm them anyway because they feel guilty about denying someone they assume they should remember.
"We think that's what happened here," reported Spamalotti. "The last people who talked with Cowell and his companions before their disappearance said that Cowell had primarily decided to set up another Facebook account to keep in touch with his children since younger people sometimes have no other way of communicating."
"He forgot that there is a huge, unstable crust of baby boomers that often collapse in friendliness. These Friend Request Avalanches also build quickly because Facebook automatically suggests new friends."
Facebook was unavailable for comment.
Latest reports from rescuers noted that Cowell's Facebook page was very sparse and that he had not filled in all the personal information fields. "This is a good sign that we may still find him and his companions intact. Odds of recovering people drop dramatically once their page becomes really active."
The primary task will be to find and extract the victims, returning them to Blogspot before any permanent damage has been done. Stay tuned for further developments.