CYBERSPACE -- An eruption of cheers greeted rescuers last night when they returned from Facebook with three bloggers who had been lost under an avalanche of Friend Requests for over 48 hours.
Mark Cowell, Bagman, and Butler were carried out looking haggard and weak but waving and giving "thumbs up" signs to the crowds of reporters that had converged on the scene.
Asked by reporters about his harrowing ordeal, Cowell reported that it had been a close call.
"It's been over two years since I had a Facebook account," said Cowell, "and I was no longer prepared to have so many friends. I only went in because I wanted a better way of communicating with a couple of family members and suddenly friends that I could hardly remember were dropping on us until we couldn't see two feet ahead of us."
"It was great! It was awesome!! I want to do it again," said Bagman, who had to be restrained from running back into the danger zone.
Butler, the third companion on the ill-fated exploration, seemed unphased, although his bow tie was slightly askew. He noted that biggest problem was they had had to answer all the requests and write polite notes even if they didn't know everyone. "It is poor etiquette not to reply to everyone."
Cowell thanked rescuers for pulling them out and confirmed that he had learned his lesson although he planned to leave his Facebook account in place.
The three bloggers were then taken to an undisclosed site where the humanitarian group, Save Our Faces, planned to spend a week deprogramming them.