So much for stalking your ex-girlfriends' or future ex-girlfriends' relationship statuses on Facebook. The developer of the "Breakup Notifier" app for Facebook announced that Zuckerberg and Co. shut it down, just a couple days after its launch. Since Monday, some 3.6 million people had installed the app, which lets you know when one of your friends changes her relationship status. Why was the plug pulled?
App creator Dan Loewenherz said that Facebook emailed to offer this explanation: "To ensure positive user experiences on Platform, we run routine automated screens that take user feedback, machine learning and various algorithms into account and remove spammy applications. For example, if an application is making an inordinate number of stream.publish calls and receiving a large number of user reports, it may be removed by our automated systems to protect the user experience and the Platform ecosystem."
In other words, Facebook wasn't necessarily targeting the purpose of the app, but how many resources it required from the system on the back end.
"I just really hope people use it for good, not evil," Loewenherz, a Yale graduate, told the Daily News. "It's really a practical thing. If you're going to refresh someone's page 20 times a day, why not have an alert on it?"
Did you guys install the app on your Facebook? What other Facebook apps would improve the life of a Bro, especially in the pursuit of the ladies? How about a Duck-Face Photo Identifier/Eliminator? Sound Off with your own ideas in the comments.