Facebook stalking just got a little easier with Breakup Notifier

Hands up anyone here who's ever gone back to check on old flames for their relationship status, their wall posts, or even preferable new targets? Truth be told there's a little stalker in all of us.

Anyway, all that just got a little easier with a new application called Breakup Notifier, which notifies you via email when your "target" changes their relationship status on Facebook, giving you the edge to jump in while they’re still vulnerable.

The more interesting story is how the app came to be. Dan Loewenherz, the developer, was sitting one day trying to set up his fiancé’s sister with a guy. But when he looked for the profile of the guy on Facebook he found out that he was already in relationship. As one would do in such a predicament, Dan spent four hours that night making use of his programming skills to create a service which notifies you when the person you’re stalking changes his/her relationship status.

The service pings Facebook every 10 minutes to check the relationship status. Which is really useful when you’re not in touch with the target, it's also discreet, so as long as you don't tell anyone you're using it, no-one is the wiser (including the target).

To get started, all you need to do is log on to Breakup Notifier, using your Facebook account, select your friends and the stalking begins. Simples.

Lowenhertz has also purchased unfriendnotifier.com and areweenemiesyet.com to set up un-friending notifications as well, which are a bit more challenging. According to Alexia at TechCrunch, Dan is thinking of asking something like 99 cents for early adopters and then bumping the price up to $4.99 sometime afterwards. So now might be the time to sign up while it's cheap/free!

Perhaps ironically, as Neowin reader Ottsca points out in the comments, you might know before the "ex" does.

Images credit: TechCrunch

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I suspect anyone who would actually use this will still manually check the status every time they log on ( i.e. every 5 minutes ).

Damn it, I've been working on a similar app to this for the past few weeks. It's very basic at the moment, but I plan to include a lot of stalking options and push updates, no need for silly 10minute polling
http://thisistaken.com

paustin said,
omg every 10 minutes

I know... we need a premium service that checks every minute or else someone might have time to move before you do!

DJ Dark said,
Hmm you mean I can also use this tool to get some no strings attached rebound sex if I wanted?
or you could go to a bar/pub/club and get a girl there

DJ Dark said,
Hmm you mean I can also use this tool to get some no strings attached rebound sex if I wanted?
Glad I wasn't the only one who thought that. All this talk about relationships. Meh. Sometimes being the rebound is the most fun!

Well my hands are down as I don't have any social networking accounts.

As of being interested in someone I went out with before, that is a big NO!

We aren't together for a reason and I don't want seconds.

yea, cause right after a hardcore breakup is the perfect time to pursue someone

/s

(assuming u arn't actually intending to be the rebound)

spalek83 said,
yea, cause right after a hardcore breakup is the perfect time to pursue someone

/s

(assuming u arn't actually intending to be the rebound)


It is. Its when a person is most vulnerable.

superbeam said,

It is. Its when a person is most vulnerable.

I truly hope you are joking, if not I hope your clear lack of experience won't get you burned. this is coming from someone who has learned this lesson more then once, taught it to others more then once (of which i am not prowd of), as well as seen it repeated by many friends.

People need space after a brake up, not doing so is unhealthy. Has there been relationships that survived, having started during or quickly after an end for one or both people prior? Sure, doesn't make it smart, or logical. After being with someone, true intimacy, you start to automatically assume things, react to things, so forth towards your partner, and if you jump from one to the next, the likely hood that you will unconsciously separate this new person completely from the old one, is very unlikely. How could you, in a relationship the lines between two people become blurred, immediately after brake up you go through a process of redrawing those lines emotionally, unconsciously, so forth, this takes time.

If you truly want to peruse someone, don't ask em to a date the week after their 5 year relationship ends. How that isn't common thought, escapes me.

spalek83 said,

I truly hope you are joking, if not I hope your clear lack of experience won't get you burned. this is coming from someone who has learned this lesson more then once, taught it to others more then once (of which i am not prowd of), as well as seen it repeated by many friends.

People need space after a brake up, not doing so is unhealthy. Has there been relationships that survived, having started during or quickly after an end for one or both people prior? Sure, doesn't make it smart, or logical. After being with someone, true intimacy, you start to automatically assume things, react to things, so forth towards your partner, and if you jump from one to the next, the likely hood that you will unconsciously separate this new person completely from the old one, is very unlikely. How could you, in a relationship the lines between two people become blurred, immediately after brake up you go through a process of redrawing those lines emotionally, unconsciously, so forth, this takes time.

If you truly want to peruse someone, don't ask em to a date the week after their 5 year relationship ends. How that isn't common thought, escapes me.

Umm, people get out of 6 month relationships too. Each case is different. Someone getting out of a short relationship may want to rebound. Someone getting out of a 5 year relationship may not. But if they were the one that ended the relationship, they may want to rebound. So yes, this website can work perfectly in some scenarios.

andrewbares said,

Umm, people get out of 6 month relationships too. Each case is different. Someone getting out of a short relationship may want to rebound. Someone getting out of a 5 year relationship may not. But if they were the one that ended the relationship, they may want to rebound. So yes, this website can work perfectly in some scenarios.


true, that not all relationships are significant to the point of needing a break after. but if you are interested in someone to the point that you use a stalker program, to email you when they brakeup.. besides the redflags with that in itself.. ok maybe the issue i have here isn't so much with the perusing someone after a brakeup, cause like you point out, that is a case per case basis, but the fact that something like this actually exists...

My friends did a who removed u application as a web programming project..

It soon got blocked by fb...

Nice idea for the developer... hope he wont be blocked

tiagosilva29 said,
Stalking is a bit more complex than that. I know this because I am a stalker.
But it could make your life a little bit easier, right? lol

tiagosilva29 said,
Stalking is a bit more complex than that. I know this because I am a stalker.

I knew that, tiago. You've been online for 3 hours, 28 minutes and 20 seconds last time I checked.

I think if you're the sort of person to need this then you're probably too shy to make a move even IF you use this thing. >_>

xD

Don't know what benefit this news will have to Neowin members. You'd first need to know some girls before being able to monitor their relationship status.

Vice said,
Don't know what benefit this news will have to Neowin members. You'd first need to know some girls before being able to monitor their relationship status.

thats the point! you just have to have them on facebook!! lol

Vice said,
Don't know what benefit this news will have to Neowin members. You'd first need to know some girls before being able to monitor their relationship status.

Burn indeed! LOL

Vice said,
Don't know what benefit this news will have to Neowin members. You'd first need to know some girls before being able to monitor their relationship status.

I know plenty of women... mostly from other countries though

Still, that comment was funny heehee