A new "service" came out this week, and in spite of what it looks like, it is not a Facebook-sanctioned application. In fact, Facebook is most likely in the process of taking it down, but rest assured there will be numerous copy-cats over the next few weeks.
This service is called Breakup Notifier, and it allows you to literally stalk Facebook user profiles, and be notified by e-mail AS SOON as they change their profile status back to single.
I'll leave commenting on the wisdom of getting involved in rebound relationships - or relationship with anyone who feels the need to constantly update their Facebook status as their dating life evolves - to the relationship experts. Today, let's just address this from a security and social media perspective.
First, this is one of those applications we've been cautioning you about for months now. These applications are not safe, and not secure, and most of them violate Facebook's terms of service. In this case, they violate the privacy of the stalkee and the stalker. The sole purpose of this type of application is data-harvesting. Don't do it.
Furthermore, it's only a matter of time before this application starts spamming your friends, either in the format of posting something on your wall, or sending them messages from you - a few months ago, after you've totally forgotten about what's-his-name or what's-her-name with whom you are so obsessed right now, are you really going to want anyone to know you participated in this type of activity? Do you think your other friends are going to appreciate wondering if you're stalking them to (or wondering why you're not)?
Online stalking - just say no.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.