New smartphone app ‘Peeple’ allows us to review each other.
Yelp for humans? You’re not far wrong…
We learned this week about an app called Peeple, where users can review other humans in the same way we review restaurants and hotels!
Needless to say, there’s plenty that could go wrong with this and in the period since it was first announced, the controversial app that promised to let users “review” other people and give them a rating out of five, has softened its offering just weeks before its planned launch.
The company had previously scheduled the launch of the new social app, dubbed “Yelp for people”, for November this year. The app promised users the ability to “revolutionise the way we’re seen in the world through our relationships”.
Users could assign a star rating and feedback to anyone they knew, positive or negative, and the ratee could do very little about it. Every negative review would have been live for at least 48 hours, and in order to remove them, an individual would be encouraged to contest a negative review, leading to accusations that the app would become a libellous quagmire and a harasser’s dream.
Following the criticism, Peeple’s website and social media feeds were blanked out, leading to speculation that the app was never going to see the light of day – or even that the whole thing was a hoax. But instead, it looks like it’s still on-track to launch, even earlier than expected: the new website gives a date of 12 October for the app’s release.
But according to the app’s developer, a former recruitment executive named Julia Cordray, the app that hit stores might be less controversial than what was previously announced: “You will NOT be on our platform without your explicit permission. There is no 48-hour waiting period to remove negative comments. There is no way to even make negative comments. Simply stated, if you don’t explicitly say ‘approve recommendation’, it will not be visible on our platform.”
The new direction leaves the app having more in common with purely positive ranking apps such as Klout and LinkedIn itself.