Nearly one million likes and public attacks is what a Colorado mom got when she tried to show her daughter how photos can go viral.
Kira Hudson posted a public photo of the 12-year-old girl and asked her Facebook friends to share it, WHNT reports.
The picture showed the pre-teen posing with a sign that read, "3/18/14: Mom is trying to show me how many people can see a picture once it's on the internet."
In a screenshot of the post, obtained by the Daily Dot, Hudson explained, "My 12-year-old daughter doesn't understand why she can't have an Instagram or Facebook account... Please 'like and Share' ... She just doesn't get it!"
According to the Huffington Post, the idea was very successful, getting nearly 1 million likes.
But it also backfired.
The image landed on an image-based bulletin board, Huffington Post reported.
Some users found Hudson's Facebook page, home address and phone number, according to the Daily Dot. On Wednesday, the mother received prank calls, and pizzas were delivered to her house. Some also edited the original photo to include an obscene message.
Apparently, other users wanted to teach Hudson a lesson about public shaming:
Hudson removed the photo.
On Sunday night, Hudson sent a statement to HuffPost:
I am very grateful to all of the parents who have messaged my daughter and me, letting us know that because of our "experiment," they were able to teach their own children more about Internet safety. This was one lesson that both my daughter and I learned very quickly! I had not anticipated it gaining momentum as fast as it did. It certainly opened my eyes to the fact that I thought my own private Facebook was secure. It was not as secure as I thought. Luckily for us, the information that was gathered by others was not my current residence or phone number.
I would like to apologize to the family who is living at our old address and let them know that I hope this hasn't caused them much distress and the next pizza will be a gift from me. This whole thing has really proven the point, and I am hopeful that even though there have been a few bumps, others can continue to learn from our experience.