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Posted at 9:05 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Facebook Breakup Notifier takes Facebook stalking to new levels

By Hayley Tsukayama

A new app for Facebook will tell you when the Facebook friends you select have changed their relationship status on the social networking site.

Why? The tagline from the app's Web site pretty much says it all: "You like someone. They're in a relationship. Be the first to know when they're out of it."

The New York Daily News interviewed developer Dan Loewenherz who created the app as a joke after a conversation he had with his fiancée and her mother. The two women were lamenting that the perfect man for his future sister-in-law was already in a relationship. Loewenherz joked that there should be a way to alert them if the young man became single, and made the app in four hours.

The app had more than 100,000 users in under 24 hours, and now has more than 200,000 users.

You heard it here first. We *just* passed 200k visitors in the last 24 hours.less than a minute ago via web

Loewenherz has also made some tweaks to the program to let users search among their friends and limit notifications by gender.

"I think a lot of people out there think I'm some sort of weirdo Facebook stalker," Loewenherz told the paper. "But I made this mostly as a joke and like I said before, I'm just blown away how many people are using it."

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 22, 2011; 9:05 AM ET
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It puts the lotion in the basket

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 22, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

"I think a lot of people out there think I'm some sort of weirdo Facebook stalker," Loewenherz told the paper.

yes. yes they do.

Posted by: funkey | February 22, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Another reason to PLEASE please limit your privacy settings. Check them often because FB has been known to revert to default settings. And don't friend anyone that you wouldn't leave alone in your house while you run out for Doritos.

Posted by: saymyname | February 22, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Breaking up is never painless, and the healing time may be long and hard. While we are trying to move on we may not want everyone to know about it.

Automating this message so that it becomes a gossip is the last thing we want.

Did they ever consider the emotional toll this might bring to the person who just ended the relationship?

New App is for the curious or for the genuine?

For all of us who are concerned about Facebook issues we have created the website called Avoid Facebook @

Posted by: admin6666 | February 22, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

If you are concerned about the emotional toll that a publicly announced break up will take, don't advertise your breakup on the internet until you are ready for everyone to know. People should not expect privacy on social networking sites.

Posted by: readerl | February 22, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I cannot imagine any greater evil on the internet than Facebook, which seems to exist only for the lonely and the desperate, who are all to eager to give up whatever remains of their privacy.

And now an application that treats stalking as a joke?

If anyone needs proof we live in a sick society, Facebook is it.

Posted by: TheBabu | February 22, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh for God's sake. Enough with the pearl-clutching. Don't like Facebook? Then stay off it. Don't want your relationship status to be "gossip"? Don't list it. See how easy that was?

So many drama queens on this site.

Posted by: NYC123 | February 22, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

One more piece of evidence that Facebook is a waste of time...

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | February 22, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone freaking out about this?

It's an app that can do something that you can already do on your own. If you want to stalk someone about their relationship you can already do that. This app does make it easier, but if someone is fbook stalking then it probably doesn't really matter.

If you don't like it then don't use facebook. Or use your head about what you want people to know. If you don't want people to know your relationship status, then don't put it on your facebook.

Posted by: rderr27 | February 22, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

You don't need Facebook to sucessfully find out where someone is if you're a stalker. But why make it easier? I'm not sure if the app inventor or its users are more twisted. Are so many people locked in the fantsay that, if only they'd stayed with a former beau, life would be perfect?

Posted by: djmolter | February 22, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

the-Ba- bu
Is that short for baboon? Because you sound as dumb as one.
Ask the Egyptian people how evil Facebook is.
As for me, I keep in touch with my college daughter, my Pa relatives and many fellow professionals. I do it just by turning on my computer.
If anyone needs proof we live in a sick society, it is idiotic posts like yours

Posted by: captains2012 | February 22, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

It puts the lotion in the basket

Posted by: fiveinchtaint | February 22, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Thus fueling my love/hate relationship with Facebook. Too many people out there find ways to further and further abuse the information they have access to. The extent to which you have to guard yourself on these networks almost makes it not worth it.

Nan King
Email Marketing Company

Posted by: Nan_King | February 22, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Put the f*cking lotion in the basket.

Posted by: lingering_lead | February 22, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

You left out "It does this whenever it's told."

Posted by: pookiefan | February 22, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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