Care to have people review you? There's an app for that

It’s like TripAdvisor for people

What if you could know if a housemate was a psycho before you moved in with them? If a guy you met online was a total creep? Or whether a new colleague was going to be a stapler stealer?

You’d need an app where you could rate the people you know and see ratings on people you meet for the first time.

We’ve all thought of this as a business idea at some point, only to dismiss it immediately upon realising just how problematic it would be.

But someone out there, it seems, never reached the dismissing stage and is in fact about the launch an app where people are reviewed like restaurants.

The free iPhone app, Peeple, which launches next month, allows you to rate those you meet in your life in three categories – personal, professional and dating.

You give star ratings to your fellow human beings, based on absolutely anything, we assume, whether that’s their firm handshake, generosity and/or appearance.

When you rate someone positively, you get a higher “positivity score” (I swear I’m not making this up) but if you give people two stars or less your positivity score goes down.

What about bullying? The app’s makers say: “Negative comments don’t go live on the app for 48 hours; they simply go into the inbox of the person who got the negative review and then are given a chance to work it out with the person who wrote the review. If you can’t work it out with the person you can publicly defend yourself by commenting on the negative review.”

Sounds like great fun to me.

Amazingly, the app has already been valued at $7.6m. Silicon Valley, eh?


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