Rating something isn't a new concept in the online world — Yelp exists to rate restaurants and services, Rotten Tomatoes compiles film and TV reviews, Amazon places a heavy emphasis on its user reviews of products, and realistically, buying or trying anything in the real world is generally preceded by checking a review through one of these companies or another. Rating people, though, is another conversation and it's one that apparently makes people seriously uncomfortable. So as publicity has picked up for Peeple, essentially Yelp for people, many have voiced their complaints on Twitter.
Allegedly launching sometime in November, Peeple will allow users to assign reviews and star ratings on a scale of 1-5 to anyone they know: friends, family, lovers, ex-lovers, celebrities and beyond. There's no opting out, either — once your name is in the Peeple system, it'll stay there unless you violate the site's terms of service. Going even further, you can't delete bad or "unfair" reviews, because that would defeat the purpose of the whole product.
"People do so much research when they buy a car or make those kinds of decisions," Julia Cordray, one of the app's founders, said to The Washington Post. "Why not do the same kind of research on other aspects of your life?"
Considering the ramifications of literally rating people, the product will have a set of "integrity features" — to review anyone, you must be 21 years old and have a Facebook account and you must make reviews under your real name.
Despite these assurances, the response to Peeple has ranged from negativity to delirious rage. Here's a small sample from Twitter:
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