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what could possibly go wrong?

Peeple, if you haven’t heard of it yet, is – or rather, is intended to be – an iPhone app along the lines of Yelp. Except that instead of rating businesses, one rates other people.

Similar to the “like” thang on FaceBooook. …and everywhere else. Only for Individuals. Because the examples of people who live and die by their Q-factor are so healthy.

Here’s how it works. If you want to create a Peeple account for somebody, all that you need is their cell phone number (and never mind that there’s no way to even check if the number belongs to them.) Once the account is set up, they will start getting text messages – which they didn’t ask to receive – when they get new “reviews” on their Peeple profile.

Here’s the kicker: even putting all of that aside, if you want to respond to the reviews or report someone for harassment, you have to “verify” your account. Essentially, Peeple is blackmailing the victims of harassment. And no, there is no way to “opt-out” or delete a Peeple profile.

Involuntary “reviews”. [Is Yelp voluntary?] Of private Individuals.

Looking at some of the things on FB — yes, *some people* use it to ‘spy’ on the kidz — and in the Nooz and PopKulchah, it seems that there are quite a lot of people who actually feel, deep down somewhere, that “Pix or it didn’t happen” and “if I don’t get enough Likes, my Life isn’t Good.” Not a whole lot — and no one I’d actually want to know — but enough to make a difference.

Sure, some people use FB as a convenient way to show pix of their puppies and vakays to their families. But some seem to “Like” -or not- their own lives based in the “Like”s of others. It’s so foreign to me that I hardly paid attention.

But the phenomenon — the opportunity / demand for “Likes” — is getting more common. [“News” stories? rly?]

I remember the Paint Yourself Rainbow after the SCOTUS ghey marriage decision — and the social awkwardness afterward of when, exactly, is is “ok” to un-rainbow your picture. I saw people who I *know* either didn’t give a fig or who disagreed actually go along with it so as not to stick out or be different. “You didn’t Rainbow your Pic; why are you so homofobik??!?!”

That’s some Serious Social Pressure. Self-imposed speech policing for the sake of “Harmony.” With one’s FB “friends”.

It’s a Thing. It’s a force of Social Engineering. Toward that One Uniform Harmonious Way of Thought prized by the Proggies.

Meanwhile, PootyPoot pulled a Full Melvin on Obobo, and seems to be getting lots of “Likes” for it…

I’m creeped out. I am sure I am not alone. But we of the Introvert* persuasion have, well, many fewer conversations with our peers.

I think I’ll stick to the traditional wisdom, “Other people’s opinions of me are none of my business.”


  1. Fawkes News (#BarackLiesMatter)
    Posted October 1, 2015 at 9:59 am |

    How much you wanna bet the “founders” are big Obama fans?

  2. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted October 1, 2015 at 10:05 am |

    You’ve stuck a nerve, there, Claire.
    That’s why I don’t use FB (I have an account for access to other things, but my only post is that I don’t use FB, please email me).

    I appreciate your introvert link. There’s a lot more to it, though.
    I think there’s a difference between being introverted and being comfortable with isolation. In my personal experience, being alone (which I’m almost always, see: signature below) usually means dealing with things outside oneself (book, internet, TV, crafting, driving, etc.). Very seldom do I think about myself. Sometimes, isolation is just a comfort.
    On the other hand, being in a group usually means thinking about oneself while trying to fit in (me, where does me fit in? what do I say? is that person a threat to me?).
    As a kid, I hated those group-learning situations — it was always a social interaction, never a subject-learning one. Mainly, it was just a break, a kind of indoor recess. Put five kids in a group, and each kid gets 1/5 of the brain-exercise time, at most; and what you do learn is corrupted by the stupidity and ignorance of the other four. Of course, the teacher gets a nice rest. Schools don’t teach individuality. They teach collectivism in the name of “socializing.” Sad.
    Also, seems like the only time I do significant introspection is for posting or commenting to this group.

    This article is about quantifying compliance.
    Soon, it will be a measure of something, like IQ was, only horrible.
    Yeah, Claire … can’t wait for the gov’t to get involved.

  3. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 1, 2015 at 11:37 am |

    I **never** use FB. If I did, I’d use a dedicated computer which I used for **nothing** else, and which (take notes, H->) had **nothing** on it that wasn’t relevant to that purpose.

    The last time I checked, accessing FB gets you snoopware on your computer that subsequently reports everything you do back to FB central, regardless of whether you go to FB and/or login or not.

    Aside: no doubt People will try to hide behind the 1st Amendment, but I’ve got to wonder if it isn’t a massive class action / defamation suit waiting to happen.

  4. ZZMike
    Posted October 1, 2015 at 6:14 pm |

    And of course those messages generate no charges…..

    Claire “Other people’s opinions of me are none of my business.”

    That’s 180deg out of phase with “Care about what…….”

    Other people’s opinions – especially if they’re gummit-folk – can get you in serious trouble. That reached its peak in the old Soviet Russia, where Siberia became a vacation spot for the unenlightened.

    I think Master Lao may have meant that there’s no point trying to mold someone else’s opinion of you. Even there, exceptions abound. (“I see that pretty redhead in the front row. I hope she likes me…..”)

  5. Fawkes News (#HipHopHijrah)
    Posted October 5, 2015 at 4:25 pm |

    Aaaaaaand it’s gone.

    (cultural ref)