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There’s A New App Called Peeple That Lets You Rate Your Friends, And It’s Terrifying
Created by Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough, Peeple looks set to transform social media when it's released. And not in a good way.
As a general rule, we’d rather not write news stories to generate fear and make you quake in your Converse. But plans for a new app have been released, and it’s so horrifyingly horrible there’s nothing we can do but write about it. And cry.
Nope, we’re not being melodramatic. According to its founders, ‘Peeple’ is an app designed for rating (wait for it – you’ll never guess the answer)… people. And everything about it makes us feel faintly sick.
Of course youcouldrate your boyfriend, or your best mate. You could rate the nice man on the bus who gave you 50p when you lost your purse. You could rate your assistant at work when she makes you a nice cup of tea. All you need is a person’s name and a wifi connection, and you’re free to mark them five out of five, listing compliments as you go.
But here’s the problem: while youcouldrate your boyfriend or your best mate or your new friend from the bus, you can also rate the people you don’t like, too. You could rate the waitress who you think is rude – but who actually just got dumped by her boyfriend by text message two minutes before. You could rate the girl from Year Six who called you a swot and told you she didn’t want to hang out with you anymore – even though these days she’s a nurse with three kids and spends her evenings cooking for the homeless. You could rate your sister because she’s being a bit of an idiot at the moment, and you’d like her to get her act together.
And any of those people could rate you back.
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