The concept of a secret admirer is nothing new. I for one can recall middle school days where poetic notes would appear in my locker from a mysterious stranger. In the awkward stage of adolescence, it was exciting to think someone actually thought of you as “lust-worthy.”
As a college student, it’s also flattering to know someone has his or her eye on you– that’s if you’re in the land of singledom. For those of you in a relationship, be warned: it’s even easier nowadays to hunt down your crushes. You don’t have to know their locker combinations anymore– just their Facebook profile link.
New applications are cropping up that will actually alert you when your crush’s relationship status goes from <3 to single.
One app, ‘The Break-Up Alert’, allows users to create a ‘watch list’ of friends they are interested in and receive email alerts when those friends’ relationship statuses change. Boasting 655 monthly active users, its fan page promises to be “100% discreet and confidential,” though one user commented that an update was posted to his wall after he signed up for the app (whoops!). The emails they send you are not specific as to which person on your list changed his/her status, or what the change even was, meaning you still have to stalk profiles occasionally.
Launched just before Valentine’s Day 2011, the ‘Waiting Room’ uses the same idea as ‘The Break-Up Alert.’ Its website states that the app was developed “by a few hopeless romantics that were tired of seeing some of their friends settle in relationships.” The goal is “to give people the confidence to pursue the right options,” by letting people currently in relationships know someone is waiting for them to break up with their significant other.
But, with the popularity of dating websites reaching new highs, and many of them being free, Why sign up for these aps? There is no need to wait for your unrequited love interest to become available. Move on! There are plenty of single fish in the sea.