Controversial Peeple app launches in North America today for iOS users only

Controversial Peeple app launches in North America today for iOS users only
Last October, when word leaked about an app that ranks people called Peeple, the news was met with utter disdain. The Washington Post called it "the terrifying 'Yelp for people'." The original version of the app allowed a user to add a person to his/her Peeple database and rank him or her by using a star system, similar to the one that movie critics use to rate films. It sounded like a digital version of those 'burn books' kept by high school girls with ratings for all of the guys.

The app is launching today, available only from the Apple App Store to iOS users in North America. And changes have been made. Instead of rating people like a restaurant, stars have been replaced with the total number of recommendations that a person receives. That gives the app a more positive leaning. And while the original concept had people getting rated even without giving consent to be judged on the site, that consent now must be received before a person can be listed on Peeple.

The app's co-founder Julia Cordray says that the initial media response was overblown. Calling Peeple a "positivity app for positive people," she claims that the app was misrepresented. She also says that 10,000 people applied to be beta testers for the app. Instead, 1500 invitations were sent out in the beginning of this year, and 500 accepted. The response, she claims, has been positive as people "have enjoyed spreading kindness and accolades while reading what people really think of them." Cordray adds, "We want our app to be a safe place to manage your own online reputation, while making better decisions about the people around you."

While Peeple is free, a premium paid version called "The Truth License" will be available in the near future. This will allow subscribers to read all the reviews written by other users, even if they aren't posted publicly.

Users of Peeple can be recommended, and in turn make recommendations in three categories: professional, personal, and dating. If you're not single, you can eliminate the latter section. The number of recommendations you receive is your 'Peeple number.' Now here is where this app gets interesting. You can share your positive recommendations through social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp, or disseminate it via email, and text.  By doing this, you can manage your online reputation with Peeple, and check the reputation of the people you deal with for business or romance. You might find red flags on someone you are trusting a major financial project to, or find out that the guy you're seeing this weekend is a creep.

A Nearby feature allows you to discover which members are within 10 miles of your current location. You can also search for members based on name, location, interests and key words. And a chat feature allows you to talk to any member. Peeple uses a mandatory double-authentication process using your Facebook login and a PIN number sent to you in real time.

While there is a creepy connotation to Peeple, there is also some legitimate reason to find out what others think of someone that you might be investing money or time in. Before we judge the app, let's just see how it plays out. If a real reason for its existence pans out, the market will reveal this with a large number of installs. If this is just a way for people to hide behind their phone so they can act creepy, the app will quickly disappear from the App Store. This could actually turn out to be a quick and easy way to network in the industry you work in.

source: Peeple (1), (2) via TNW



1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The first version of the app makes me think of Bakuman's the world is all about money and intelligence. I think the concept of this app is good but someone with a ton of bad recommendations will probably feel terrible.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If I thought I would get bad recommendations, I'd stay clear of this app.

4. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Obviously there are so many people that would surrender their personal and dating life to the judgment of creepy cannibalistic people using a creepy cannibalistic app. This society gets what it deserves. What about suicides that we will never hear after something like that

5. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Some people make their profession in playing with people's lives You can't fix your broken things, Pandora

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Exactly, the world is fucked up but I guess it was never not fucked up lol.

14. engineer-1701d unregistered

it's like the stories the Internet ruined my life, i can't help but laugh at stupid people like that

16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015


11. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Hot or Not already does it. Thefacebook started out as Facemash which was a comparative ratings site. People are sick at times.

13. engineer-1701d unregistered

i see this app leading to people getting ass kicked or killed, think if you lost a great job opportunity because someone but bull s up about you, this is bad for ios users since most of them are shallow as hell. the worst thing is we will see the kardashiens using it talking about it and all the other waste of life media stars

3. Unordinary unregistered

Cry me a river. Society has gotten weaker where political correctness is cheered upon and where feelings aren't allowed to be hurt. Boo $&(*#^$ hoo. (btw, if you're a college student, try Definitely helps when picking courses/classes.)

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Sorry but I don't cry, If I did I would definitely cry you a river lol. Answer me this, when was society ever strong? since you say its weaker, you should have chosen a better word.

8. jamesbradley

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

If I thought I would get bad recommendations, I'd stay clear of this app.

9. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Says you can share others profiles with anyone you want. So once you create an acct your data can go anywhere you dont want it to go. Sounds like Mark Zuckerberg's 'hot or not' app he did in school. Similar theory anyway. Seems overdone at this point.

12. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

He did Facemash in 2003. Hot or NOt is from 200 by altogether different people.

10. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Meow Meow Beans

15. AlikMalix unregistered

Can someone tell me please, can they add you and make judgements if I don't have the app (or signed up in any form)? I'm really worried about this... I don't care for this app or the concept, but if I can be added without knowing about this app for example - I will sue. I don't give a crap how they're selling this as a "positive thing" - people go online to complain 90% of the time, not to praise something. Like I said - I don't care for this app or concept, but if they can add me to the list for everyone to see - I'll be forced to install it just to check up on myself. So can they add me on that list of I don't sign up?

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