Creepy Facebook BreakUp Notifier app banned
A new Facebook application which lets you know when someone on your watchlist changes their relationship status, has been blacklisted by the social networking site.
BreakUp Notifier sounds a little creepy and has a slight stalker feel to it. Facebook agreed with that assessment and disabled the app.
But not before the app attracted more than 116,000 visitors in the first 24 hours. Within three days more than 3.6 million Facebook users had signed up.
Since Facebook put the kybosh on the app, Loewenherz has been hard at work modifying BreakUp Notifier to a tamer and far less creepy version.
The result was Crush Notifier. This time out Facebook users can secretly “crush” their friends and if they ever “crush” you back both users get and email and the rest of the affair is up to you.
What troubled Facebook with BreakUp Notifier was the ability for the user to track others without their knowledge.
On the other side of the coin, Facebook users are willing to put their information up for all to see so an expectation of privacy is limited to how far you go with that information.
It is possible to check the profile page of all the people whose relationship status you’ve been watching manually everyday.
This behaviour may sound strange, excessive and obsessive so common sense would have you believe that an app which can automate those actions should be judged in the same way.
According to Ben Mezrich’s excellent box “The Accidental Billionaires” about the creation of Facebook by Harvard drop-out Mark Zuckerberg the motivation behind the social networking site was to attract women.
The film based on Mezrich’s book, The Social Network, shows Zuckerberg having a brainstorm when he came up with the whole relationship status.
Zuckerberg thought this feature would allow users to easily check up if a friend they admire is available.