Many websites have options to Like or Dislike an article or comment. Facebook and Instagram have Like buttons. Apple’s App Store has a rating system. So does Yelp. What’s missing among human’s seemingly endless desire to rate, comment on, and categorize everything?
People ratings. You search Yelp for restaurants and read the reviews to determine if the place is worth dining. Why not people? You know, people ratings. Soon, there’ll be an app for that. An app called Peeple. An app that rates people by other people.
Color me crazy but as cool as it sounds to be able to look up someone online to see what other people think of them, I see a Pandora’s box bursting at the seams. The way Peeple will work when the app is launched soon seems simple enough. Review and rate people– friends, family, co-workers, future dates, exes, potential employees, bosses. You get the idea.
The caveats are what you’d expect for any online service where people are the primary product. Sign up using Facebook and you’re required to use your real name. You can review someone else who is not signed up to Peeple by creating a profile for them using their cell phone number so they can be notified, but once their profile is on the site even they cannot remove it.
Anybody see a problem with that?
To stifle the obvious flood of negativity that seems to permeate the web these days, Peeple will allow only positive reviews of your profile but only if you’re not a member of Peeple. If you register with Peeple then negative reviews of you can be published online, but only after 48 hours; ostensibly so you’ll have a chance to dispute the negative.
If Peeple isn’t Pandora’s box ready to explode, then it’s a digital can of worms the likes of which we’ve not seen online in many years. If you don’t want negative things to be posted about you online then don’t register with Peeple. If you do register, well, you’ve been warned.
The idea is sophomoric at best. People can tell other people how great you are. Or, not. One episode of the Peeple Watching videos the company placed online is titled: “Peeple: If Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tinder had a baby.” Uh huh. Right. But the baby could grow up to be Reddit.