It appears that the plan of ‘stalking’ their crush on Facebook has worked for millions; however, the company has to close the application.
The social networking giant dragged the plug on the application that permitted users to choose “friends” whose connection standing they desired to intimately monitor or follow, depending on your description.
The app, which had more than three million users, worked by sending users an email whenever a “friend” changed their relationship status. On the other hand, the application was shut down.
The New York Daily News quoted the official Twitter account of the app as saying, “Hey everyone, Facebook e-mailed saying that they’ve disabled us… We are working for a fix, but ask at facebook to put is back online!”
Dan Loewenherz, App maker exposed that Facebook had sent him an email clearing up the reasoning at the back of the shutdown. “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,” Loewenherz, a representative from Facebook wrote in an email he released to TechCrunch.
“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.”
Loewenherz, a Yale graduate said, “I just really hope people use it for good, not evil. It’s actually a practical thing. If you’re going to refresh someone’s page 20 times a day, why not have an alert on it?”
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