For three days this week, victims of unrequited love were able to effortlessly track their crushes’ Facebook relationship statuses using the Breakup Notifier Facebook app that launched Monday. On Wednesday, however, the social network shut down the app — but not before it had acquired about 3 million users.
Now Facebook app WaitingRoom wants to offer those former Breakup Notifier users an upgrade in stalking efficiency. Not only will the Facebook app notify you when the person you’re pining after relieves himself or herself from a relationship, but it will also help you anonymously encourage that breakup.
Here’s how it works: When you indicate interest in an unavailable Facebook friend, that person gets an e-mail notification that there is someone in his or her “WaitingRoom” (this person need not have the app installed at this point). The identity of the admirer isn’t revealed until the recipient has changed his or her Facebook status to single.
“If you’re already in a relationship,” the app’s site says, “WaitingRoom will give you the confidence to become single again — if that’s what you really want.”
In order to avoid getting people in the waiting room beat up by significant others, nothing regarding the app gets posted publicly. Because they must publicly switch their statuses to single for 48 hours before identities are revealed, recipients theoretically can’t cheat by changing their status just to see who is waiting for them.
Is this a healthy, mature way to deal with wishing a friend were single? Probably not. Is it a good idea to pursue someone who needs a potential fling waiting before they have “the confidence to become single again”? Not particularly. Is this most likely to be leveraged by creeps? You get where this is going …
But unlike the Breakup Notifier in its current state, WaitingRoom does work — at least in the operational sense.