The application was built on Google Appengine, Django, and the Facebook Graph API. I'm checking for status changes every 24 hours, and am using the Appengine mail service to send emails whenever I notice that a relationship status has changed.
Seriously, this is mostly a joke. But enjoy, if you do choose to use it for real.
24hrs is not 'be the first to know', probably all her/his friends will know that before. When I changed status I had a dozen comments in SECONDS.
However, there's probably some worthwhile activity in monitoring wall posts from ex's in the period running up to the status change?
Humans are completely unpredictable mind... haha :)
I'm the Product Manager of PostageApp, would you mind if I sent you an email about how Appengine's email service is working out for you?
X is now single.
Paid Version Notification Email (with semantic analysis!):
She broke up with her boyfriend because he didn't pay enough attention to her.
Lately she has been listening to Arcade Fire and eating cupcakes.
Click to phone X now - suggest getting a cupcake together.
"You agree to Creepyest Web Service Ever Pty Ltd sharing your social graph and stalkee selection with our business partners including but not limited to match.com, collegehumor.com, and the NSA"
An amusing reaction to their winnings at the grammys
buncha arcade fire defending hipsters here im guessing
and dont give me any of that bullshit about comments with no substance because these comments have more substance than many others ive seen that get upvoted
I just pulled up their suburbs song on youtube and now I'm even more at a loss. It's a mad world out there, man.
I'm a big metalhead though. That's my excuse. It'd be cool if metal could win album of the year! ...for technical prowess. It's pretty hard to beat metal in that respect - but it does depend on the subgenre of metal. Jazz is the only other genre that comes close.
I think it will be massively successful!
The account got a mention on MSNBC; I have no idea why.
I'm not familiar with the Facebook APIs or what sort of account activity is statistically significant, but that would be a cool app that's very similar to this. Log in with Facebook, and show which of your in-a-relationship friends has the highest probability of breaking up. Obviously harder than a notification after the break-up, but prediction would be cool and useful.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLqjQ55tz-U (skip up to 6:30)
"Zuckerberg sometimes amused himself by conducting experiments ... he studied who was looking which profiles, who your friends were friends with, and who was newly single, among other indicators..."
IMHO, Unless you're married, don't put your relationship status on FB. Set it as hidden, or say nothing. When things change, and in life they do... the people from whom you don't want to hear are the first to notice and / or comment on it.
Fucknemeses would also seem to be an appropriate use-case.
If you just leave it off, you can at least make a case out of principle for it.
With SMS & Call notifications, this could get really out of control. Just imagine...a hot girl you like ends her relationship, and with the Twilio API, Breakup Notifier automatically sets up a "rebound call". Beginning to fear for my morals.
Not saying it wouldn't be successful tho.
This is actually what I thought you had built, and for me would be even more useful + interesting.
(Or, open source the code and let someone else do it)
Not sure what Facebook's policies say about these sort of notifications though.
Do this please: look at my "Interested in" info and only show me people of that gender.
Wow, what a quick way to get your name out there... Congrats OP.
One of the most effective ways is publishing updates to the user's wall. However in this case it's tricky. You don't want everyone to know that you'll be notified when Pamela is single.
Would work well with facial recognition on beauty.
Another idea: an unfriend notifier. (like with a twitter unfollow notifier)
By the way, can you get notifications on multiple people? (now, that's really creepy)
Target user: People like me that don't check Facebook everyday, but would still like to receive an email when their friend finally makes it Facebook-official that him and the girl he's been talking to for weeks are dating.
Edit: That was the old policy, the new one lets you store it forever as long as you try to keep it up to date.
"You may cache data you receive through use of the Facebook API in order to improve your application’s user experience, but you should try to keep the data up to date. This permission does not give you any rights to such data."
I AM SO EXCITED
If you turned:
"It's cool to support gay people and all, but if I'm straight I shouldn't have to look at all the dudes when I'm clicking who I'm interested in."
"If I'm straight I shouldn't have to look at all the dudes when I'm clicking who I'm interested in."
I don't think people would misunderstand it.