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).
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?
– 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.