Peeple — basically Yelp,
but for humans --
is coming to rate you from one to five stars. Sigh. It had to happen and is coming late November.
You will be able to assign reviews and one to five star ratings to everyone you know: your exes, your co-workers, the old guy who lives next door.
You can’t opt out — once someone puts your name in the Peeple system,
it’s there unless you violate the site’s terms of service. And you can’t delete bad or biased reviews — that would defeat the whole purpose.
Imagine every interaction
you’ve ever had
suddenly open to the scrutiny of the Internet public.
Peeple is indicative of a sort of technology that values “the information content of the web over individuals;”
it’s so obsessed with the perceived magic of crowd-sourced data that it fails to see the harms to ordinary people.
There’s no way such a rating could ever accurately reflect the person in question.
Cordray, one of the two creators, hypes it on YouTube,
where she’s publishing a reality Web series about the app’s process.
“It doesn’t matter how far apart we are in likes or dislikes,”
she tells some friend at a bar in episode 10.
“All that matters is what people say about us.”
I was taught it was
the other way around,