Do you ever think about an old flame and then look them up on Facebook to check their relationship status?
Apparently a lot of people do, both single and married folk. Facebook’s new break-up notifier application just might start (and end) a lot of relationships.
The application allows users to select friends’ whose Facebook relationship status they’d like to monitor, and then notifies them when that person’s relationship status changes.
Dan Loewenherz, a Beverly Hills-based software programmer says he mostly created “Break-up Notifier” as a joke. He overheard his fiancé and her mother talking about finding a guy for one of her bridesmaids. The person they liked for her was already in a relationship and they jokingly said they wish they could find out when he became available.
The NY Daily News reports that Loewenherz was surprised at the initial interest:
“I wasn’t even sure if it was work at first. Yesterday I submitted it to a bunch of friends on Facebook and it just exploded.”
In less than 24 hours, the app had 200,000 visitors. For now, the app is free.
The notifying message will look like this:
Joe Shmoe has changed his relationship status to “Single” from “In a relationship”. Get on it!
The Breakup Notifier
On one hand, I can see the potential of singles that are looking to rekindle old flames. After all, if people are putting their relationship status up on Facebook, they don’t want to keep it a secret and obviously want people to know. Yet, how many married people will sign up for this app? I’m betting a lot.
As I read through the news on this app, I could already mentally check off at least 5 people in my social circle that I know who check relationship statuses of ex-flames, and they are all in committed relationships themselves.
What do you think? Is it good for singles? Or will it contribute even more to divorce rates?