Don’t ‘Like’? New app lets you add Enemies on Facebook
EnemyGraph lets you declare people, pages or groups to be Enemies
Free app available to all Facebook users
Maker says it is ‘social media blasphemy’
Love it or hate it, Facebook is a positive place – you can ‘Like’ things, but not dislike them, and you can have Friends, but not enemies… until now.
EnemyGraph is a new app which lets you add Enemies to your Facebook profile – including real victims from your friends list, or from other users of the app.
You can also declare war on any product, person or company that has a presence on Facebook.
As soon as you have declared someone – or something – an Enemy, they appear on your profile on your Enemies list, visible to other users of the app.
Its creator, Dean Terry of the University of Texas at Dallas, describes the app as ‘social media blasphemy’ – and predicted that Facebook would remove the app.
A petition signed by three million people called for an ‘Unlike’ button on Facebook, but so far the social network has yet to offer such a facility.
At time of writing, five users had opened hostilities with the Twilight series of films, two had declared their opposition to tomatoes and one person had made an enemy of Nobel Prize-winning German author Thomas Mann.
‘When I saw the first friends list at the beginning of the social media era, I thought where’s the enemies list?’ says Terry.
EnemyGraph is an attempt to further define relationships between users and other entities across Facebook’s social graph.
‘Most social networks attempt to connect people based on affinities: you like a certain band or film or sports team, I like them, therefore we should be friends. But people are also connected and motivated by things they dislike.’
‘We give them a couple of weeks at best before they shut us down,’ says Terry.
‘A few people have asked us about the potential for misuse. If you are not friends with someone, or not a user of the app, or generally not famous, you cannot be listed as an ‘enemy’. We will also monitor the app closely for abuse.’