Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

New Service Makes Facebook Stalking Easier

Good news for all you Facebook stalkers out there! If you spend your days continuously checking to see if your crush or ex has finally changed his or her relationship status to “single,” a new service called “Breakup Notifier” is about to make your life much easier. Breakup Notifier “lets you log in, check off the friends you’re interested in, and then emails you once they’re no longer taken.” Easy-peasy. Program developer Dan Loewenherz explained the inspiration for his app to the Huffington Post:

I got the idea on Friday night when my fiancee and her mom were talking about a guy to set up with my fiancee’s sister. Unfortunately, said guy was taken…so I asked them if they would want to get notified when he broke up. It was kind of a joke actually, but they loved it, and so on Saturday I spent about 4 hours building it out. I didn’t really tell anyone until yesterday. I hope that people use it for good and not evil–it’s merely practical. If you’re going to check someone’s profile every day, you might as well get rid of the tedium and have the changes get delivered right to your inbox instead.

Now, if ol’ Dan Loewenherz is really smart, he’ll develop an app that will send email followups to the new singletons from their stalkers that say: “Sorry to hear about your recent breakup. I’m here if you need to have your way with me talk!” [via Huffington Post]

8 comments… add one
  • baby.blanka February 22, 2011, 1:35 pm

    It’s the perfect solution for the LW who made up a FB boyfriend to make the other man jealous…


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  • maynard February 22, 2011, 1:38 pm

    Are there huge keybank adds at the end of every post now or is that just my computer?

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      Wendy February 22, 2011, 1:42 pm

      I’m not running any ads on the site (yet), so I’m not sure why that would be. I certainly don’t see them on my end.

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      • maynard February 22, 2011, 1:50 pm

        I work for that bank and we have a lot of website restrictions so I’m guessing they plopped down a logo on something I’m not allowed to see (perhaps there’s a picture or something there deemed restricted). They don’t link to anything but just started showing up today and it was odd. I can send you a screen shot if you’d like but I’m guessing it’s just me

  • elisabeth February 22, 2011, 3:44 pm

    Ooh, creepy app!

    “If you’re going to check someone’s profile every day, you might as well get rid of the tedium and have the changes get delivered right to your inbox instead.”

    Does this sentence bother anyone else?

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    • Fairhaired Child February 22, 2011, 10:54 pm

      I am equally weirded out. I mean, if you have someone you like THAT much to check that often, hopefully you have built some kind of personal realtionship with them that you actually talk to them in real life instead of wasting away at the computer going “OMG HAVE THEY BROKEN UP YET!?” before you even try to build somekind of realtionship with the person.

      And unless the person is not in a good relationship anyway, how is that app going to be very helpful? You may try to “app stalk” someone’s relationship, forget about it, then months or even years later be sent an email “John broke up and is now single!” and by then the person stalking will have moved on (hopefully or else they are in a unhealthy situation if they dont even have a spoken face to face relationship with said new singleton)

      I think its super creepy because I feel like more people would use it for watching ex’s or even friends to be able to tell their friends “See i told you that relationship wouldn’t last”

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  • AKchic February 22, 2011, 4:28 pm

    “It takes the fun outta the job” – “Papa Joe” Yakavetta (Boondock Saints 1999)

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    Heather February 23, 2011, 11:04 am

    I think it is relatively weird…but honestly, a lot of people would use it, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I think some apps out there are probably worse.

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