Part of the experience many a Facebooker enjoys is the number of friend requests we take great delight in confirming - and denying. The problem is, many of those requests we end up rejecting are due to 'enemies' looking us up, and the last thing users wish to do is share their nearest and dearest personal data with these Facebook foes. However, what if we could turn such data into 'enemies'?
An app named 'EnemyGraph' has been developed by two students and a professor from the University of Texas in order to list personal Facebook preferences - such as people or even food - as potential enemies. Conceptualised by Dean Terry, the app was built by undergraduate student Harrison Massey and graduate Bradley Griffith; with the service already scoring 400 users.
"One thing that has always struck me is the enforced niceness culture," explained Terry. "We wanted to give people a chance to express dissonance as well. We're using the word enemy about as accurately as Facebook uses the word friend."
But there's more to the app than meets the eye, stated Terry. With researchers building up a good picture of social media users thanks to the content they favour, sometimes it's just as important to seek out what doesn't align with their interests.
"You can actually learn a lot about people by what they're upset about and what they don't like," Terry says. "And the second thing is that if you and I both don't like something, that actually creates a social bond that hasn't been explored in social media at all, except with Kony and some big examples like that."