I’ve touched on the issues surrounding the Facebook relationship status before. Who requests who first? Is it better to do it at same time? (A friend of mine heard a rumour that if you agree to do it simultaneously, it won’t show up in anyone’s feeds…hmmm). However ridiculous it might seem, the importance of the relationship status should not be overlooked. After all, Facebook is all about defining relationships and connections.
The most recent development to be spawned is the introduction of two new status options “in a domestic partnership” and “in a civil union”. Celebrated as a triumph for online gay presence, Facebook was proud of its claim that they can “authentically reflect relationships” [Forbes online] (as according to FB there are only 11 different types of relationships). That said I still adore the comedy vagueness of “it’s complicated” and “in an open relationship”.
Though Facebook encourages borderline stalker behaviour, like many vices – “everyone’s doing it”, we can be quite open, even blase about it – one new app is taking things to a whole other level. Imagine your ex/ someone you are interested in, is in a relationship. How often do you check their page to see if they are still involved or not?
It’s like having a mutual best friend who can make you privy to all the much needed gossip of potential love interests or exes (because of course, you have to know??). The new app called “The Break up Notifier” allows you to choose which relationships and which friends you want to track and it will very kindly (like your virtual best mate) send you notifications every time that oh so important status(s) change. Love it or hate it?