Peeple (mobile application)

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Peeple mobile app logo.jpg
Developer(s)Nicole McCullough and Julia Cordray
Initial releaseMarch 7, 2016 (2016-03-07)
TypeSocial networking

Peeple is a mobile application that allows people to leave recommendations[1] for other people based on professional, personal, and romantic relationships. Initially described as a "Yelp for People",[1] the original announcement in October 2015 drew criticism over concerns of harassment, and its creators launched a "watered-down" version of Peeple in March 2016.

The company was founded in April 2014 by Nicole McCullough and CEO, Julia Cordray.[1]


The company's plans for their app were announced in September 2015, and received widespread criticism over concerns of cyberbullying and harassment.[2] By late October, the service had been redesigned as "opt-in", so that people could only be rated if they had registered with the service.[3] Users would also have the option to veto reviews they disliked,[3] with negative reviews never becoming visible without the subject's permission.[4] The initial beta version was tested by 10,000 users.[5]

Peeple was officially released on March 7, 2016.[6] The launched app was described by the New York Post as "friendlier" and more "watered-down" than the version described in 2015, lacking a star-rating system and allowing users to choose which comments appear on their profiles.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Macaulay, Kat (March 10, 2016). "Peeple App: quite possibly the most objective review you'll see online". TAKCAM. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  2. ^ Jackie Wattles (4 October 2015). "Peeple co-founder pushes back against backlash over app". CNNMoney.
  3. ^ a b Pearson, Jordan (26 October 2015). "Peeple Has Backtracked to the Point of Pointlessness". Vice. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  4. ^ Ghoshal, Abhimanyu. "Peeple's app has pivoted and is now completely pointless". TheNextWeb. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b Gollayan, Christian (7 March 2016). "'Yelp for people' app is back with safeguards for bullying". New York Post. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Social reputation app Peeple launches". March 3, 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.

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