If you didn’t think Facebook (News - Alert) pushed all the privacy bounds by now, wait until you hear this one.
All Facebook users are familiar with the option to change your personal information to “single,” “in a relationship,” “engaged/married” or “it’s complicated.” Well now there is an application to benefit the members who actually keep tabs on their friend’s relationship statuses.
The social media site now has an application called the “Breakup Notifier” app that allows you to go through your friends list and choose potential friends that you might be interested in. The app then puts your selected friends onto a list that notifies you if their relationship status ever changes.
Not only does the app send you a notification when one of your friend’s relationship statuses changes to “single,” but it also lets you know when these selected people are off the market.
According to TGDaily.com, the recently released app already has 2,000 “likes.” The application is apparently targeted at members looking for a relationship since when TGDaily writer Mike Luttrell connected www.breakupnotifier.com to his Facebook account, it prompted him with a message that said, “P.S. You’re in a relationship! Naughty naughty…”
Last week, Facebook also added two new options to its list of relationship statuses including “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership.”
The options were introduced last week in the United States, and in several other countries, including Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and Australia, according to the New York Times.
Apparently, the addition of recognizing gay unions/marriages in the relationship status section was one that was highly requested from users according to Andrew Noyes, Facebook’s manager of public policy communications. “We want to provide options for people to genuinely and authentically reflect their relationships on Facebook,” Noyes said.
For such a widespread social media site that has been up and running since 2004, it’s surprising that this option was added seven years later.
According to Facebook, there are more than 500 million active users. Some 50 percent of active users log on to Facebook in any given day. The average user has 130 friends. People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. The average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events.
Stefanie Mosca is a Web editor for TMCnet. Previously she worked as a freelance copy editor for Digital Surgeons LLC. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of New Haven. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Stefanie Mosca