You use Yelp to find user reviews for restaurants, stores, and other services. But what if you could use it to find out about people?
According to The Washington Post, co-founders Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough are trying to do just that with the announcement of their new app Peeple.
Just like Yelp, Peeple will rate people on a one- through five-star ranking system and allow you to see read what other people say about your friends, a brand new acquaintance, a potential client, your blind date, or, even, yourself.
Cordray explains, “People do so much research when they buy a car or make those kinds of decisions. Why not do the same kind of research on other aspects of your life?”
If your sworn nemesis or the coworker you accidentally tripped gives you a negative rating, you have just 48 hours to try to get that person to improve your rank before it goes live.
Not surprisingly, the announcement of this service has been met with howls of indignation.
According to PIX11 News, the protests have been flowing in, including from one critic who referred to Peeple as "the third circle of hell."
The app is meant to "spread love and positivity," says Cordray, but amidst fears of it attracting negativity, admitted “I think this app does really help find the best in each of us but it would be pointless if it was all positive.”
She then associated the fear of Peeple with ignorance.
“With any new concept there is naturally fear," Cordray explained. "When the people found out that the earth was round instead of flat and that we revolved around the sun instead of the sun revolving around us naturally people were upset and confused and they pushed back with all that they had. We look forward to proving that the people in this world are genuinely good and positive and they will uplift you on our app with over 80 percent positivity."
How about just getting to know people the old fashioned way?