Well, so much for the SingleStat.us experiment that allowed people to find out when someone on MySpace changes their relationship status. MySpace’s friendly lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to David Weekly, the engineer who built SingleStat.us, demanding he take the site down and claiming that his “activities are causing and will continue to cause MySpace substantial and irreparable harm.”
Something tells me that MySpace might be exaggerating just a bit when they say SingleStat.us is causing them “undue server burden”. And if I’ve learned anything from covering companies, it’s that sending a cease and desist letter to a small, one-man startup is generally not going to work out the way you planned. Bad karma. Nevertheless, SingleStat.us is now in the TechCrunch DeadPool.
Competitor DatingAnyone, a similar service, is still live.