Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough created an app that allows people to rate anyone they know on a scale of one to five. Yes, it’s like Yelp for people.
The app, set to launch in November, is called Peeple. The app’s tagline is “Character is Destiny.”
The idea is that people would use the app to learn what the world is thinki ng of them and reveal the content of their character, USA Today reports. According to the app’s Facebook page, its mission is to “find the good in you.”
Cordray told Alberta Prime Time that the app is “bringing integrity into an online reputation management system.”
You can create a listing for someone if you know his or her phone number. Then, you rate that person with a number of stars between one and five and specify whether you know the person romantically, personally or professionally.
If someone creates a listing for you, then you will receive a text message. As of now, there is not a way to prevent the creation of a profile or any way to say you do not want to be on the app.
The app uses Facebook for login to ensure that all users are posting under their real names and are at least 21 years old, according to CBS. No anonymous bad mouthing is allowed.
The app will post a review immediately if it contains a star rating of three or more. If a review receives 0 to 2 stars, it is held for 48 hours to allow the reviewee and the reviewer to work out their problems.
“If for some reason you can’t turn a negative into a positive, that comment does go live after 48 hours and you have the right to publicly defend yourself,” Cordray said. “Our app does not tolerate any sort of bullying and anything inappropriate. This is two people—two real people—facing each other and having the right to work something out.”
OK, but here’s the catch. The positive reviews go up if you haven’t signed up for the service, and you can’t see those reviews if you haven’t signed up. If you do sign up, you can see the positive reviews; however, you also allow the negative reviews to go up.
Supposedly, the app will ban sexism, discussions of private health conditions and profanity.
I think this app is a terrifying idea, but apparently I know nothing. The creators’ backers seem to think the idea is wonderful seeing as the company is valued at $7.6 million, according to The Washington Post.
McCullough developed the idea in hopes of learning the “true character” of her neighbors and children’s teachers. She and Cordray, her business partner and best friend, developed the app mainly for parents who want to know more about the people in their kids’ lives, for professionals who want prospective employers to know that they were well-liked in previous workplaces and for online daters wanting to know what kind of person they are going on a date with before it happens.
But the general public seems to think the app is simply an open forum for attacking people. By mid-day Thursday, hundreds of negative comments swarmed its Facebook page along with tweets, news articles and angry celebrities like Chrissy Teigen:
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 1, 2015
I understand the concern. If there is any place people are going to share their real feelings, it’s in a situation where they don’t have to show their face.