Facebook restores Breakup Notifier app

Just three days after the launch of stalker app Breakup Notifier, Facebook promptly banned it after over 100,000 plus curious users logged into the service; but from today that relationship appears to be "on" again.

The service eventually gained around 3 million users within 3 days, and Facebook released a statement to the app creator Dan Loewenherz, at the time that the app rejection was simply to protect its service from spammers;

"To ensure positive user experiences on the Platform, we run routine automated screens that take user feedback, machine learning and various algorithms into account and remove spammy applications.” said a spokesperson for Facebook.

The service which pings Facebook every 10 minutes to check the relationship status, notifies you via email when your "target" changes their relationship status on Facebook.

However, Loewenherz wasted no time after his app got banned, and put together Crush Notifier, which is as anonymous, and more importantly didn't get banned.

Thanks for the tip jwoodfin09 in our forums, and for the image (which he obtained from a "friend") which we've included in this post.

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"To ensure positive user experiences on the Platform, we run routine automated screens that take user feedback, machine learning and various algorithms into account and remove spammy applications.” said a spokesperson for Facebook.

Anyone notice the Facebook quote? That was creepy...

If I normally break up I hide my relationship status from everyone change it and then turn it back on. Depends on how it works of course. Unless (in the case or a woman) their a complete whorebag the chances of them wanting to go out with someone immediately after ending a relationship is slim and if they do then they will have already picked said bloke. Being told theirs like 20 men wanting to bone them when they split..... they dont need an app for that.

Unplugged said,
Being told theirs like 20 men wanting to bone them when they split..... they dont need an app for that.
I thought it was Crush Notifier that did that? This one just lets you know that your crush has gone from being in a relationship to being single, doesn't it? Your crush doesn't get any message saying that you're interested.

I think what Unplugged is saying that the relationship status gets changed but you don't end up with it posting an "update" for everyone to see in their news pages.

Intrinsica said,
I thought it was Crush Notifier that did that? This one just lets you know that your crush has gone from being in a relationship to being single, doesn't it? Your crush doesn't get any message saying that you're interested.

It might have been a different app but their was one that let you express that you were interested and waiting for them to break up. When they finally became single again it would send them a message saying "Blargh Blargh has a crush on you and has been waiting for you to split up"

Unplugged said,

It might have been a different app but their was one that let you express that you were interested and waiting for them to break up. When they finally became single again it would send them a message saying "Blargh Blargh has a crush on you and has been waiting for you to split up"

Wow, that is the definition of desperate.

Haha, that creepy app again.

Even if you used that one, I doubt you'll have much "success". A person recently having broken up is rarely in the mood to start something new, or even talk about it. It reminds me of some of those "Funny Facebook status" screenshots I've seen where someone made a horribly insensitive move on a girl's "is now single" status, haha.

Yeah, I've seen that screenshot.

I don't understand how this changes anything though. This app tells you that your crush is now single. What do you do with that? Ask him/her out over Facebook? How is that different from asking over a text message? Or is that socially acceptable these days too?
No, instead you get this information and you then ask them in person. Except that, if you were that keen on the person wouldn't you make an effort to get to know them outside of Facebook, to the extent where you would probably see them sometime in the next few days anyway and the conversation of them being broken up would come up? From that you could gain a lot more information, such as whether they are up for another relationship so soon, rather than this email notification service that just tells you that they are now single...

Eh, I just find it a bit pointless myself...

Intrinsica said,
Yeah, I've seen that screenshot.

I don't understand how this changes anything though. This app tells you that your crush is now single. What do you do with that? Ask him/her out over Facebook? How is that different from asking over a text message? Or is that socially acceptable these days too?
No, instead you get this information and you then ask them in person. Except that, if you were that keen on the person wouldn't you make an effort to get to know them outside of Facebook, to the extent where you would probably see them sometime in the next few days anyway and the conversation of them being broken up would come up? From that you could gain a lot more information, such as whether they are up for another relationship so soon, rather than this email notification service that just tells you that they are now single...

Eh, I just find it a bit pointless myself...


Well, it could be useful if you didn't know otherwise. I mean people don't announce to the world when they breakup with someone.