You know how when you’ve had a horrendous dining experience, you can easily head to Yelp and leave a comment on the restaurant’s listing? It’s an easy way to warn prospective diners on what they could potentially experience. And that’s a pretty useful service, since eating out can be expensive and you want to make sure you’re going to a place that’ll treat you right, from start to finish.
But now there’s an app that lets you do the same thing, but for literally anyone you know or have encountered in your life that is using the app. It’s called Peeple, and it is ruffling more than a few feathers. The premise is simple: you rate people (your friend, your ex, your dentist), and there are no real measures in place. It’s just a star rating (one to five), and not a response to early-Internet’s popular website Hot or Not. Comments are also enabled.
Peeple’s co-founder Julia Cordray states that every negative assessment will be reviewed in a 48-hour window, to ensure that users are not breaching the app’s terms and conditions. What will they be looking for? Profanity, degrading comments, abuse, sexual and legal references, racism and “hateful content.”
But is something like this necessary?
Cordray links the uproar to fear. “When people found out the Earth was round instead of flat and that we revolved around the Sun instead of the Sun revolving around us, naturally people were upset and confused and they pushed back with all that they had,” she says.
Excusing for a second, that she’s comparing a rating app to the dawn of heliocentricism, does she have a point? Is this something we’ll learn to appreciate, as if we needed it all along but never had the means? Current reactions seem to say no, that this isn’t something we need or want. But what do you think?