Peeple, an app that allows you to rate and review other human beings, launched in North America yesterday and for the love of god please do not let it catch on.
The app received a fair amount of criticism when it was announced last October, namely because anonymously picking apart the various qualities of others can only lead to disaster. Let’s face it, it’s unlikely folks will go through the trouble of making a Peeple account just to talk about what a sweet and lovely person Stephanie is. But all press is good press and Peeple trudged on, launching as a “positive only” app.
So what does that mean? Users can only recommend others, and recommendations have to be approved by the recommendee. Also, in order to be “reviewed,” you have to be signed up yourself (i.e. you can’t just go reviewing people willy nilly, as was the original model).
So while Peeple isn’t as shitty as it was meant to be originally, it’s still problematic. Our perceptions of one another are pretty, you know, subjective, so why anyone would trust a “person recommendation” from a total stranger beats me. Sorry Peeple, your app blows.