Peeple: The Yelp App for Humans

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Personal ratings. Professional ratings. Romantic ratings- there’s an app for that, and a very controversial one to say the least.  Peeple, a people-rating mobile app similar to “Yelp for People” has officially been released after a number of tweaks to the concept first introduced back in October.  According to the creators, the idea is to provide “a reference check for the people around us,” allowing consumers to best choose who to hire, who to do business with, who to room with and even who to date.

What was initially launched as a 5-star rating has since been revamped to be more user friendly by offering just Positive, Neutral and Negative review options.  Similarly, while negative reviews are permitted, they won’t be posted until the person on the other end approves them- a positive change since its initial development which allowed anyone to review at any time.  Peeple’s creators continue to portray it as a “positivity app” and advise future users to use it how they would any other social network.

Peeple appears to be one of the first apps geared toward rating people and having reviewers take ownership for their comments- many other apps have focused on anonymous reviews in more niche areas.  “It’s already a popularity contest on social media with how many friends and followers you have” says Christian Warren, Los Angeles restaurant owner.  “And now you have to worry about how your own person is getting rated?”  While the app has come a long way from its beta launch in October, it’s still receiving backlash.  On the official Peeple Facebook page, one commenter wrote: “When character becomes currency, humanity suffers. We are not metrics, and you cannot ethically justify ranking humans against normative social ideas. We are #PeopleNotPeeple.”  Out of 142 reviews, it has a 1.5 star rating in Apple’s App Store.

From a professional standpoint what are your thoughts? Would you use Peeple to assist in your hiring process? Would you feel comfortable with coworkers rating you?

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3 thoughts on “Peeple: The Yelp App for Humans

  1. shardes1 says:

    This is a very interesting app to me. When I first started reading the post I was completely against the idea of someone out there rating me without me having any idea about it. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I would have to create my own profile in order for someone to post comments or rate me. Part of me is still wondering why I would want to download this app and see if anyone would leave me a review. To the people who think this can benefit them; I hope they enjoy the app, but I personally think this is a pretty bad idea.

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  2. jrclorley says:

    Oh my, I can’t see this site going over very well. Yelp was started with good intentions, but it’s turned into a place where everyone thinks they’re way more important than they are, that they’re all food critics, and that they’re always right even though food “taste” are often personal opinions that don’t pertain to everyone. I’ve used Yelp when I was out of town to find restaurants in the past, but I haven’t bothered checking or using it in several years now because it’s basically useless now. I’ve always said that reviews on Yelp aren’t a good perspective because they don’t represent 100% of the people that have eaten at a restaurant; it’s basically the 10% of people that hated the restaurant and the 10% of people that love it.
    The big reason a people rating app is going to be awful is that it’s going to turn everyone into a glorified HR director, just like it turned everyone into a glorified food reviewer on Yelp. The protective barrier that is “the internet” will definitely cause some problems on Peeple!

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  3. ksluter says:

    This app sounds really cool! I think this could be especially useful in a professional way. People will be allowed to give their personal testimonies about working with someone or how well the do something. Peeple could allow an instant reference check for hiring managers.

    While the app could be useful, I think it tackles a lot of different parts of a persons life. For instance, I wouldn’t want to use at the same app that I used in my professional life as a place to find a significant other. I think the company should either stick to a professional route or a romantic route, not both.

    I’m also a little weary about a negative comment only being approved when the owner accepts it. If I’m want to hire someone to do a job for me, I want to know about another customer’s experience, even if it is negative. This way, I can avoid it. Allowing someone to disapprove a negative but true comment made about them seems dishonest.

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