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?