back to article Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder

When does determination become stupidity? We're about to find out with the launch of slander-as-a-service app Peeple. It's been five months since the "Yelp for People" received a wave of press attention and then a flood of internet criticism when it was revealed that the app would allow people to rate other human beings. The …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Social bollocks is close to a zero sum game. If a particular medium for example annotated images or short (140 char) messages is worth doing, then it's either already been done or will be immediately bought by FaeceBook.

    There is no room for whatever this is in the overcrowded market place. It doesn't marginally increase the amount you can harass and stalk people over what FaceBook already offers. Nor does it allow you to corporate whore yourself any better than LinkedIn.

    1. werdsmith Silver badge

      Yes, there is nothing to stop somebody creating a facebook, twitter, linked out or indeed tinder account in the name of Drew Smith and then creating content that would be attributed to me as validation doesn't extend down to mere plebs.

      But if they did, then I wouldn't see any of it and neither would I care because anybody that does actually know me is aware that I don't do any of that brain dead shit.

    2. Bob Vistakin
      Holmes

      Then again, this does sound like extortion, so perhaps the point is to get bought out by a bigger specialist in this area.

      1. JLV Silver badge
        FAIL

        >bigger specialist

        Yeah, because this article is clearly related to MS. Somehow.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: >bigger specialist

          It's Bob.

          He wont let simple facts like that get in the way of bashing MS...

  2. Marketing Hack Silver badge
    Go

    Oh yeah--BRING IT, PEEPLE!!

    Thanks to the many available free email services, I am going to flood Peeple with self-reviews, offering up to the public helpful information on me. Objective perspectives such as "Marketing Hack--to know him is to love him is to know him" and "Marketing Hack--I only met him as he exited an icy torrential flood bearing orphans and kittens on his broad shoulders, but I have to say he was still a damned good-looking guy!"

    My place in posterity is secure!

    1. Danny 14 Silver badge

      Re: Oh yeah--BRING IT, PEEPLE!!

      I intend to add to your profile how you reneged on a modest bet at the pub whilst playing shove ha'penny. On another occasion in the pub you clearly cheated whilst playing dwile flonking by contesting a swadger.

      1. graeme leggett

        Re: Oh yeah--BRING IT, PEEPLE!!

        "dwile flonking"

        careful, giving away your location (and/or territorial affiliations) there.

        1. FuzzyWuzzys Silver badge
          Facepalm

          Re: Oh yeah--BRING IT, PEEPLE!!

          I wouldn't worry graeme leggett, it's hardly at the top of "must visit" places at the best of times...not unless you have a "special" thing for you cousin!

    2. Peter Simpson 1
      Thumb Up

      Re: Oh yeah--BRING IT, PEEPLE!!

      For an almost insignificant donation, I'll provide objective support of these claims.

    3. To Mars in Man Bras!
      Holmes

      @Marketing Back Re: Oh yeah--BRING IT, PEEPLE!!

      Surely a more profitable strategy would be to use the fake accounts to accuse yourself of sheep molesting and other nefarious nocturnal past-times. Then, a quick consultation with Messrs. Sue, Grabbit and Runne —and you could be crying all the way to the bank.

  3. a_yank_lurker Silver badge

    Legal Liability?

    Does anyone know about their legal liability in Canada for slander/libel? It would seem they are pushing the edge of lawsuit territory.

    1. Danny 14 Silver badge

      Re: Legal Liability?

      just contest it in a country that has sharper laws on such things but are still selling it via the app store. Somewhere like Germany will not care the company lives in another country, sell in Germany, expect to be taken to court in Germany.

    2. bigtimehustler

      Re: Legal Liability?

      That is down to the person who says it, not the medium it is transmitted on, otherwise facebook would be in court every day for slander. If you say something on this app that is not true, you fall foul or the slander laws, not the app.

    3. The Dude

      Re: Legal Liability?

      Good luck on that one. Canadian Defamation law is worse than useless unless you already have a lot of political pull. In which case, you don't need those laws.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Two thumbs up

    for ignoring the hell out of this as the cure for this.

  5. Youngone Silver badge

    What? Shaddup!

    I've only ever heard of Peeple on El Reg, and while I appreciate the heads up I suspect that's the way it will stay.

    I'm anticipating a few stories over the next year or so about how it's not going as well as they thought it might, then one detailing the whole thing shutting down.

    Unless of course they can interest Rupert Murdoch. He's stupid enough to buy this crap.

    Look at who he's married. Proves my point.

    1. AMBxx Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Rupert Murdoch

      A billionaire who's just married a model 25 years his junior. That's your definition of stupid?

      1. Dan 55 Silver badge

        Re: Rupert Murdoch

        "So, what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?"

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Rupert Murdoch @Dan55

          Seconds: You beat me by mere fractions of a minute....

        2. Ian Johnston Silver badge

          Re: Rupert Murdoch

          I believe the original Mrs Merton question was "So, Debbie McGee, what first attracted you to short, balding millionaire Paul Daniels?"

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Rupert Murdoch

            "I believe the original Mrs Merton question was "So, Debbie McGee, what first attracted you to short, balding millionaire Paul Daniels?""

            Hmm, No it wasn't https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj-9lSEBBm0

            1. AMBxx Silver badge
              Unhappy

              Re: Paul Daniels

              Be nice to him, he's very ill at the moment.

              1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

                Re: Paul Daniels

                .Be nice to him, he's very ill at the moment

                Not just him - Debbie has stuck by him over 30+ years

                Mrs Merton 0 Debbie McGee 1

              2. Anonymous Coward
                Anonymous Coward

                Re: Paul Daniels

                he is a thoroughly decent bloke.

                Shame how shit happens to the decent honest folk...

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Rupert Murdoch

        So, Ms Hall, what first attracted you to the multi millionaire Rupert Murdoch?

    2. boltar Silver badge

      Re: What? Shaddup!

      "Rupert Murdoch. He's stupid enough to buy this crap."

      There's someone stupid on here, and it isn't Murdoch my friend. Idiots don't get to be worth 12.4 BILLION dollars. You may dislike him but the man has his finger on the pulse of low brow humanity and sells them everything they could desire media wise.

      "Look at who he's married. Proves my point."

      Getting to shag someone 25 years younger than yourself when you're a wrinkly old git is stupid? Sign me up for Stupidity 101 when I'm that age then! He knows perfectly well she probably only cares about his money but do you think he has the sort of personality who wants or needs a "soul mate"? Puulease.

      1. Ledswinger Silver badge

        Re: What? Shaddup!

        Idiots don't get to be worth 12.4 BILLION dollars

        Maybe not, but let's see the vile, wrinkled old lizard try and carry all that loot into the hereafter.

        1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

          Re: What? Shaddup!

          "Maybe not, but let's see the vile, wrinkled old lizard try and carry all that loot into the hereafter."

          Sadly, he's already procreated so has someone equally as slimy to leave it to (allegedly)

      2. hplasm Silver badge
        Facepalm

        Re: What? Shaddup!

        " Idiots don't get to be worth 12.4 BILLION dollars."

        Bollocks. Reality proves you are very wrong. Sad but true.

        1. boltar Silver badge

          Re: What? Shaddup!

          "Bollocks. Reality proves you are very wrong. Sad but true."

          No, it doesn't. You not liking someone or what they do or what they stand for doesn't make them an idiot however much you'd like it to be otherwise. Idiots don't become self made men worth the GDP of a small country.

      3. FuzzyWuzzys Silver badge
        Facepalm

        Re: What? Shaddup!

        "Getting to shag someone 25 years younger than yourself when you're a wrinkly old git is stupid? Sign me up for Stupidity 101 when I'm that age then! He knows perfectly well she probably only cares about his money but do you think he has the sort of personality who wants or needs a "soul mate"? Puulease."

        I cannot imagine how many pre-nups Ms Hall was requested to read carefully and sign before her an Murdoch were even allowed in the same room, let alone get married!

        1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

          Re: What? Shaddup! / pre-nups and related

          Not a pre-nup, but just in case you can use something like this, here is the NDA you need to sign before you can have sex with Charlie Sheen. Hilarious.

      4. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: What? Shaddup!

        Well he patently has no soul so I can only echo the 'doesn't want a soulmate guff'

  6. Doctor_Wibble
    Trollface

    Pee-ple (ho ho see what I did there)

    An apt name given the purpose is to piss on people from a great height. And not as a hobby either, that particular niche is likely a profitable one and already well served, possibly even flooded...

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    2. Danny 14 Silver badge

      Re: Pee-ple (ho ho see what I did there)

      people pay good money for that sort of thing.

      1. Swarthy Silver badge

        Re: Pee-ple (ho ho see what I did there)

        After all, who wouldn't want a shower made of gold?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Pee-ple (ho ho see what I did there)

          You, sir, are like a stream of bats piss.

          You shine out like a shaft of gold, when all around is dark.

          *monty python

  7. Mark 85 Silver badge

    A Dollar a Day for a "Truth License"

    I'm still not sure what that means but it smells like a bit of blackmail money. Pay the money and you can delete (maybe) or at least find out who's stalking/bad-mouthing/etc. you.

    The sad part is, there will be people paying those scum* just to see who is bad mouthing them or praising them.

    *I used to think pond scum was the lowest form of life... but this is lower.

    1. Voland's right hand Silver badge

      Re: A Dollar a Day for a "Truth License"

      I'm still not sure what that means but it smells like a bit of blackmail money.

      My exact thought. I smell an outstanding arrest order appearing for them shortly in USA and Europe. All it takes is a couple of libel or harassment lawsuits and a no-show both of which are bound to happen.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Maybe an opportunity for creative criticism...?

    The Register - 5 Stars

    The Register occupies a place in the rarified atmosphere between the mediocre mundanity of journalism and the self-serving mendacity of un-mediated psychopathy where ideas - and even unquestioned truths - float in an aether of unfettered creativity doped with the fumes of a censer in which the oil of palms greased burns eternal.

    An infinite number of monkeys, with an infinite number of typewriters, indulged by an infinite number of fawning spin-doctors and purveyors of revolutionary storage technologies, offering an infinite number of expensed lunches, would be hard pressed to assemble such a plausible aggregation of consecutive words - even with an infinite amount of time between Monday's 11am bleary-eyed walk of shame into the office and Friday's morning tea turned lunch turned afternoon tea turned screaming run from the law through the dawn-tinged streets of Dortmund.

    What The Register is is less important than what it is not - for what it is not is so many things that they would fill a pedia'd wiki. The terrible things that The Register has not done will redeem the rum-steeped miscreants who adorn its pages, grace its offices, and huddle flatulently in its darkened doorways. With pride, they will indicate towards the nations unburned, the civilisations un-o'erthrown, and the despotic regimes unpropped and say "There, my child, is what I leave you. A world unsullied by my terrible potential.. And an article about how 'Cloud' is unmitigated marketing shite".

    Truly the peoples of the glowing dawn of tomorrow will look back and thank The Register. Thank them as we should. Thank you, The Register, for being the kind of bollocks that doesn't plot to break me down into protein to feed the glowering elites. I shall always love you for that.

    1. notowenwilson

      Re: Maybe an opportunity for creative criticism...?

      What the hell did I just read?

    2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

      Re: Maybe an opportunity for creative criticism...?

      Well put. But why Dortmund, of all places?

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Maybe an opportunity for creative criticism...?

      OK, what exactly do you need from The Register? Pushing some product, aren't we?

      :)

    4. Graham Marsden
      Trollface

      Re: Maybe an opportunity for creative criticism...?

      Ok, which El Reg Hack or Sub-Ed is posting as AC?

      1. Dan 55 Silver badge

        Re: Maybe an opportunity for creative criticism...?

        I'd like to think it was the Ghost of the Moderatrix.

        1. Triggerfish

          Re: Maybe an opportunity for creative criticism...?

          The Register. - It keeps the commentards away from other forums.

          Good description btw AC

          1. MrDamage

            Re: Maybe an opportunity for creative criticism...?

            Slashdot is currently doing a spectacular job at keeping the once loyal commentards away from it.

  9. Mitoo Bobsworth

    Oh Dear, Oh dear, Oh Dear...

    This is simply ambition without brains ( & perhaps conscience). And this is the worst bit -

    "… it will soon introduce a "Truth Licence" which, for a buck a day, will let you see whatever people have written about you, regardless of whether you have disallowed it and even, it seems, if you have "deleted" it."

    So -

    a) EVERY comment is retained? And what happens when this site gets hacked? ( and it will be hacked )

    b) Truth Licence? Are you sure thats not "Pay to be humiliated" Licence? This is like an online version of Monty Python's "Argument" sketch.

    One look at the comments section on Youtube is bad enough these days. Everyone has a right to express themselves - I get that. However, it doesn't follow that everyone should. If these two apparently naive individuals go ahead with this in the current FUD filled atmosphere soaking the USA - well, good luck to them.

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