People! Let’s rate each other!



Everyone must be familiar with online rating sites such as Yelp and Iens. They are really useful in the current enormous diversity in offers, because we simply cannot go try out everything ourselves. Therefore these guides and reviews can help us judge beforehand whether something is worth investing time and money in it or not. Now, a 33-year-old Canadian woman came with a “brilliant” idea, same concept but then a bit different: Peeple, as the name already suggest it is about people.

 

Peeple is an upcoming app that allows users to rate fellow people using a one- to-five-star rating scale.  To use the App you need to sign up for the App with Facebook using your authentic name and you need be at least 21 years old.

The person doesn’t have to use the app himself/herself to being rated, you can create a public profile to rate somebody that is not present on the App with their phone number. After the profile has been created they will be notified with a text message that they are now added to Peeple, however they won’t have the option to erase their profile from the app (Sollosi, 2015).

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Reviews with a rating of three stars and above, the so-called “positive reviews”, will be posted on the profile immediately, whereas reviews with two stars and below, also known as the negative reviews, must be reviewed by the person concerned and the review will be held in a private inbox for 48 hours to allow the persons involved to talk it out. If they didn’t manage to solve the problem privately, the negative review will be posted anyways. So currently the only safe option men can think of is not to register on the app, because in this way only reviews with three stars and above will be posted (Shandrow & Lee 2015). But honestly this sounds ridiculous to me, you can still talk bad about someone and give a 3+ star rating and it will be shown on the profile immediately, right? 

Ok, let’s assume that the App has a sort of detection mechanism that can filter out bad words to prevent such happening. But hey, there are so many ways that I can think of to insult someone yet without using single bad word. The only way I can think of they can exclude this problem is to check each review manually, which would be a impossible thing to do, because the contents are (1) subjective and (2) it is simply too much work.


The App has raised $250,000 funding in just two weeks which means there are people demanding for it and currently Peeple is already valued at 7.6 million US dollars. “What?! :^0” Despite the rain of criticisms, the App is going to launch in November this year starting in US (Vincent, 2015).

So, do you support the release of this App or should it never see the sunlight?

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References

– Sollosi, M. (2015) ‘Yelp for people’ app will let you ‘rate’ real-life human beings http://www.ew.com/article/2015/09/30/peeple-app, 7 Oktober 2015.

– Shandrow, K.L. (2015) This Creepy, Yelp-Like App Lets You Rate People Like Restaurants, http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/251284, 7 Oktober 2015.

– Lee, T.B. (2015) Why Peeple, the “Yelp for people,” shouldn’t freak you out, http://www.vox.com/2015/10/2/9441781/peeple-explained, 7 Oktober 2015.

– Vincent, J. (2015) Peeple is the ‘Yelp for people’ app your mother warned you about, http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/1/9431055/peeple-yelp-for-people-app, 7 Oktober 2015.

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Erasmus Msc Business Information Management Student

2 responses to “People! Let’s rate each other!”

  1. 355921 says :

    I think this app has both a very bright side and a very dark side to it.

    The bright side is that it may be used as a means to talk about differences and experiences people have with each other. A lot of grudges might turn out to be incorrect and hence will be resolved as a result. It could even bring new friendships to people that previously thought negatively about one another.
    However, on the other hand it can play in to and facilitate cyber bullying amongst adults. A recent American study showed that almost 40% of adults have seen the impact of and experienced some form of cyber bullying (Hegman, Andras, 2014). Personal lives of adults experiencing cyber bullying can be affected tremendously. An few example of the repercussions of cyber bullying are (Stopbullying, 2015):
    – Alcohol and drugs abuse
    – Lower self-esteem
    – Having more health problems

    The fact that cyber bullying can put such a strain on people’s lives and the fact that the huge amount of stress cyber bullying may cause, I believe such an app should be tightly monitored and regulated. Only then the benefits can outweigh the drawbacks the application might cause society.

    Adding a function to the app in which the screening of messages and reviews sent is enabled might enhance the user friendliness and usability of the application. In addition I think people should be able to report people and messages that are not meant to have the best intentions of the people around them in mind.

    If these requirements are met, I do opine that the application should be launched because it is a voluntarily subscription. The fact that you have to be 21 and older to sign up for the application tells me that people signing up should be able to fully grasp what the potential consequences of the application might be.

    References
    Hegman Andras, S. (2014). Study: 40% of Adults Experience Cyberbullying. [online] Adweek.com. Available at: http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/new-study-finds-40-adults-cyberbullying/206682 [Accessed 8 Oct. 2015].

    Stopbullying, (2015). What is Cyberbullying | StopBullying.gov. [online] Available at: http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/#effectsofcyberbullying [Accessed 8 Oct. 2015].

  2. ikbenamy says :

    Gaining the knowledge of the very existence of this App leaves me a bit confused. I simply don’t understand the goal of this app. Okay so now I get to rate people, great? But is this app designed to entertain people? Do the developers have this image on their mind that I will be sitting with my friends on a Friday evening and just rate as much people as I want? Or is this more a social interacting app that focuses on problem solving? For example if you indeed have problems with each other, you can let them know by using this app through a low rate and discuss the problem further on? Which still doesn’t make sense to me because if you know that somebody and you have problems with him/her, why don’t you just interact in real life instead of using this app. Can I only rate people I know or can I also rate people I don’t know? And if the latter occurs, how do I rate people I don’t know? On what criteria are the ratings based?

    I’m not sure if I have totally missed the point of why this app should be around but I am not agreeing about its existence.

    The reason is not only because I don’t understand the importance of this app, but even if the app happens to be important for whatever reason, it is also facilitating cyber bullying so much more. Especially when one is able to just make pubic profiles for anyone, and that specific person is not even allowed to delete their profile if they want to. Say if I am an influential person of some big firm, and one customer or former employee doesn’t like me because of personal issues in the past, he could give me really low ratings and not want to talk about it or explain it. The ratings then could spread through the app and before you know it the company’s image could be decreased just because someone has personal issues he couldn’t figure out. So no, I totally agree with the latter of you end question: the app should never see the sunlight.

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