Since the beginning of Facebook, users have obsessed over how many friends they have acquired. Back in 2005 — when Facebook first appeared at my college — groups were even formed for users who reached 300 friends first. (To many of us, that’s a laughable number these days.) Not much has changed, and as some Facebook users have passed the 5,000 friends mark, they are now on a mission to acquire as many fan page likes as possible, too. (We’ll likely see the same behavior as subscriptions take over personal pages.)
For those who keep track of their friend count on Facebook like their weight, there’s a new app that reports how many friends you have lost, as well as who you have gained. Out&In (not to be confused with the popular burger chain, In&Out) is a Web site that uses Facebook Connect to keep tabs on your friend activity. Simply visit outandin.info and connect your Facebook account. Every time you visit the site thereafter, you’ll see a list of any new friends as well as other Facebook users who have unfriended you. While you may notice your friend count decrease after someone unfollowed you, Out&In can save you the hassle of knowing who no longer wants to friends — at least on Facebook.
While Out&In is not the first app to check to see who has unfriended you on Facebook, it is the first app to emerge since a recent change in developer policy, as noted by All Facebook. No longer does its agreement state that an app cannot “notify a user that someone has removed them as a friend,” which potentially opens up a new can of worms for developers to capitalize on — especially since so many people are obsessed with making and losing friends.
Would you use an app like Out&In to keep track of who friends or defriends you on Facebook? Let us know in the comments.