Antisocial Media

New App Helps You Avoid Your Exes, Or Just Stalk Them

Just leave the Upper West Side, basically. (Screengrab via Split)

The worst part about breaking up with someone is often running into them in public afterward. Do you pretend not to see them? Do you act like the bigger person and initiate a friendly conversation? Or do you passive-aggressively tell them all the amazing things you’ve got going in hopes that they feel inferior after you walk away?

A new app is trying to erase all these questions by eliminating unwanted encounters with exes — or with anyone you don’t want to see. Called Split, the app lets you select who you want to avoid seeing in public. Split then combs Foursquare, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for you, alerting you to where the undesirables are lurking. It also, perhaps inadvertently, will enable users to keep tabs on the ones they want to bump into. Read More


MESSAGE ON THE WALL: Facebook Denies Reports of Private Message Popping Up On Your Timeline [UPDATED]

Zuck still owns you (Photo: Tech Globex)

Check out our dissection of the privacy scare: Anatomy of the Facebook Hysteria: Remember the Aughts? You Will Now

Facebook users in the U.S. and European Union have begun reporting old private messages visible on their timelines. According to TechCrunch and multiple French and Italian publications, the newest messages are three years old and tagged as having been “Posted by friends.” TechCrunch reports the first tips about the bug coming from readers, while MetroFrance asks if it is a “bug or security breach?”

The French news site reported that where the flaw occurs messages are clearly past private communications and they are often mixed up with ‘comments from friends on [your] wall.’

Betabeat has also had multiple old messages pop up on our timelines, prompting unpleasant walks down Memory Lane.  Read More