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Our lives are full of negativity, as people hide behind usernames, bashing what they don’t agree with. App CEO Julia Cordray created a temporary solution to this problem: “Peeple,” an app created to rate others based on what we like about them. 

Once it’s launched some time in November, we will be able to give one-to-five star ratings and leave reviews for those we know in three categories: personal, professional and romantic.

“We want to bring positivity and kindness to the world,” Cordray wrote in a LinkedIn blog post.

At first, Cordray said the app was “Yelp for people,” which suggested users would write both negative and positive comments. Afterward, she said the intent had always been that the app be only constructive and affirmative.

“I want the world to be positive and this is how I’m going to inspire it,” Cordray said. “There is no way to make negative comments.” Thus, the app will be encouraging us when we feel down.

Criticism and reaction

When it was first announced, however, most responses were negative.

A comment by Chris Whipple on Cordray’s blog post expressed what many are thinking: “People don’t tend to make positive reviews. People tend to be compelled to make reviews when they have a negative experience. And some even maliciously take advantage of review systems.”

Cyberbullying, blackmail and the ruining of reputations were some of the concerns. The app could also invade privacy by exposing personal information. Many of us blame the Internet and social media for excessive negativity, and the launch of Peeple doesn’t seem to help.

After receiving negative comments, Cordray is making sure she makes a “positive revolution” with Peeple – a way to inspire the public to create a supportive environment. Now that the app is only for encouragement, it opens up a new form of social media dedicated to making us more compassionate to ourselves and others.

We’ve all had off days where we need a little pick-me-up. What’s better than having an app featuring the nice things others have said about us? Look at it whenever you feel like, write nice things about other people and let the positivity circulate.

Good vibes only

People need positivity. According to National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment, “Thirty-nine percent of social network users have been cyber bullied in some way.” Cordray promised to take care of that need because her app will have rigorous integrity features to ensure there is no shaming or bullying through the ratings.

Those who opt-in will be able to review ratings before they get published and will be able to deactivate their accounts at any time. Peeple is also outlawing bad behaviors – posting information about private health conditions, sexism and profanity.

Cordray created a beta test to further improve the app before its official launch and there is no reason why anyone would be against it with the new all-positive features. Why wouldn’t we want more kindness in our lives?