You’ve already got apps where you can rate restaurants, hotels, tourist attractions etc online, and they’re all very popular and come in useful most of the time.
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You might’ve wondered what it would be like if there was an app where you could actually rate human beings, but just excused it as something that would be way too outrageous and problematic to ever exist.
Turns out it’s actually happening though with new app ‘Peeple’ launching in November — which will basically be like ‘Yelp’ but for humans.
It works by assigning 1 to 5 star ratings to everyone you know: friends, exes, co-workers, neighbours… literally anyone that you know and want to review.
To review someone, you need to be 21 and over and have a Facebook account, and can only review people under your real name. You’ll be required to confirm you “know” the person you’re reviewing under one of three categories — personal, professional, romantic. You also need to have their phone number if they’re not already signed up on ‘Peeple’ themselves.
Here’s the scary part though — you can’t opt out of being included in the app. Once someone puts your name in the Peeple system, it stays there and you can’t delete any reviews or someone’s opinion/rating they’ve left on your name. How fucked up does that sound?
Julia Cordray, one of the app’s founders said:
People do so much research when they buy a car or make those kinds of decisions. Why not do the same kind of research on other aspects of your life?
Wow, is that actually your argument? No one needs a bitter ex or someone they’ve fallen out with given a super public platform to basically drag your name through the mud for the whole world to see. This shit sounds nightmarish, especially for a smut-peddling blogger like yours truly.
Here’s some more general backlash over the app:
Wow, so this app #Peeple is "Yelp for Humans." What a phenomenally tone deaf and horrible idea. Social media has reached peak idiocracy.
— Scott Hanselman (@shanselman) October 1, 2015
The #peeple app is essentially an online version of the Mean Girls' Burn Book. It is an utterly horrific idea. pic.twitter.com/qpacB1nCcJ
— Colin Mackay (@ColinMackay) October 1, 2015
Fundamental flaw with #Peeple: The only kind of people who would want to "rate" other people are the Exact people who shouldn't be able to.
— Rex Mundane (@RexMundane) October 1, 2015
#Peeple isn't about providing a service, or filling a niche. It's about making money on the dark side of human nature, always profitable.
— Emma Evans (@TrancewithMe) October 1, 2015
It’s basically the most shallow, pointless idea of 2015 thus far, and that’s quite some feat. It looks like it’s set for launch though later next month, barring some kind of big time intervention.
We know at least one person who’ll no doubt be ALL OVER it.