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The Facebook App That Encourages Break Ups

By - Source: Time Magazine | B 27 comments

Is it still 'homewrecking' if the relationship was already unstable enough to be swayed by anonymous suitors?

Facebook started out as a way to keep in touch with friends and relatives that you don’t get to see nearly often enough, but the uses for the site are growing by the day. Between sharing photos, selling stuff and looking for rentals via the marketplace, advertising your brand on Pages and email, the social networking site has become much more than social networking. Still, the latest use is sure to raise a few eyebrows: There now exists an app that will allow you to motivate your crush to break up with his or her significant other. 



The maker of the now-banned ‘Breakup Notifier’ has come back with a new app that allows you to encourage the object of your affections to dump their beau for you. Perhaps more dangerous than ‘Breakup Notifier,’ which just sent a notification when one of your friends became newly single, ‘Waiting Room’ allows you to subtly inform your crush that other opportunities exist outside of their current relationship. You simply tell the app who you’re interested in and it lets that person know someone is in their "waiting room."

‘Waiting Room’ is anonymous. The person in question won’t know who is in their waiting room until 48 hours after they’ve broken their current partner’s heart. Once two days have passed, your identity will be revealed and you’ll either have a new significant other or a very disappointed former friend who was hoping you were someone else.

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    Marco925 , March 1, 2011 3:48 AM
    Woww.......
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    darthvidor , March 1, 2011 4:03 AM
    what's next? widowwaiter?
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    IQ11110002 , March 1, 2011 4:11 AM
    You may also end up dead or with gunshot wounds in hospital once the ex finds out your identity, And believe me they will as nothing is secret with all this social networking crap these days.
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    sacre , March 1, 2011 4:25 AM
    /facepalm
    /long drawn out sigh
    /whispers
    sick of this shit
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    Darkk , March 1, 2011 4:43 AM
    What a usless app they came up with. It should be tossed out with the others like Farmville.
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    peanut_bully , March 1, 2011 4:56 AM
    Modified a little it can be called the "Threesome promoter".
    Oh wait, this applies to people actually using facebook...
    Scratch that.
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    lashabane , March 1, 2011 5:38 AM
    i think if they separated tom's guide from tom's hardware, tom's guide would get very little traffic. i wish there was some way that i could filter the news feed on the front page to only be from tom's hardware. i know, don't click on the link but curiosity gets the best of me and it usually ends up with me regretting it.
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    back_by_demand , March 1, 2011 7:09 AM
    darthvidorwhat's next? widowwaiter?

    That may actually work!
    "updates status to 'dead' now"
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    nebun , March 1, 2011 9:23 AM
    ok...facebook is not private...no matter what they claim
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    d_kuhn , March 1, 2011 10:31 AM
    Wow that's sleazy... another new low for Facebook.
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    icemunk , March 1, 2011 11:46 AM
    I better name for it would be "Home wrecker"
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    tommysch , March 1, 2011 12:45 PM
    FB is the cancer that is killing the internets. Back to FidoNet folks!
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    aevm , March 1, 2011 12:46 PM
    How can Facebook determine if somebody has "broken their current partner’s heart" or is just pretending? Some guy will eventually lie to Facebook about it, find out who the girl in the waiting room is, then humiliate her publicly. Or some girl will do it to some guy. This can backfire big time.
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    verbalizer , March 1, 2011 1:19 PM
    more facebook drama yet to come..
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    nekatreven , March 1, 2011 1:21 PM
    Yea... um, what if they fake it?

    Person: "Hey sweetie, I'm going to set my relationship status to single for two days to see what loser is in my WaitingRoom. K?"
    Significant Other: "Mmmmk pumpkin"
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    Jazzmain , March 1, 2011 1:46 PM
    wow... desperate much. I'm actually kind of looking forward to hearing the hillbilly stories that will come from this.
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    zak_mckraken , March 1, 2011 2:08 PM
    OMG. Of course, if you're dumb enough to end your relationship for an anonymous Facebook user, maybe you the relationship wasn,t meant to be to start with. But still, sheesh...
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    icecreambarr , March 1, 2011 2:13 PM
    Perfect. Too many relationships stay together that should be broken up. In Canada we have something close to 50% divorce for the "young" (under 30-35 i guess?). If they are divorcing, they were not a couple that should have endured courting... be mature, do the right thing and dump your BF/GF so you can marry someone that you won't divorce. OR, ask the really hard questions and be calculating with your decision, don't let your heart direct you toward the 50% stat.

    Side note, how many couples will secretly use this tool to find out their partner's fidelity?
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    icecreambarr , March 1, 2011 2:19 PM
    Perfect. Too many relationships stay together that should be broken up. In Canada we have something close to 50% divorce for the "young" (under 30-35 i guess?). If they are divorcing, they were not a couple that should have endured dating... be mature, do the right thing and dump your BF/GF so you can marry someone that you won't divorce. Ask the really hard questions, grow some ballz (women included) and make a decision with your head, not your heart.

    Side note, how many couples will secretly use this tool to find out their partner's fidelity?
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    icecreambarr , March 1, 2011 2:20 PM
    Perfect. Too many relationships stay together that should be broken up. In Canada we have something close to 50% divorce for the "young" (under 30-35 i guess?). If they are divorcing, they were not a couple that should have endured dating... be mature, do the right thing and dump your BF/GF so you can marry someone that you won't divorce. Ask the really hard questions, grow some ballz (women included) and make a decision with your head, not your heart.

    Side note, how many couples will secretly use this tool to find out their partner's fidelity?
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