EnemyGraph app adds enemies to Facebook profiles

27 Mar 2012

A new Facebook app titled EnemyGraph lets users add enemies to their profiles.

EnemyGraph, which is available for free to Facebook users, lets users select ‘enemies’ from their friends lists or from other users of the app. Users can also declare ‘war’ on a person, product or company that has a presence on the social network.

Once a user declares something or someone as an enemy, that enemy appears on that user’s profile on their Enemies list, which is visible only other users of the app, the Daily Mail reported.

The app has already attracted users. At the moment, the top trending enemies are pop star Justin Bieber, fake tans and God. Top enemies include politician Rick Santorum, extremist group Westboro Baptist Church, and Fox News. The Twilight series has even spawned 109 enemies at time of writing.

EnemyGraph’s creator, professor Dean Terry, of the University of Texas at Dallas, described EnemyGraph as “social media blasphemy”.

“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,” the Daily Mail reported Terry as having said.

Terry added that a few people have asked about the potential for misuse with EnemyGraph. Indeed, the ability to declare ‘war’ on a person or company can potentially open up a legal can of worms and Terry himself said he predicts Facebook would remove the app.

“We will also monitor the app closely for abuse,” Terry said.