Rating people?

Dear all,

Hope your week has got off to a good start.

The invasion of internet seems to seep into even our offline lives. All the different apps that are available help us to know which restaurant to eat in, which hotel to stay in, which product to buy, and now, maybe, which person to be friends with.

Peeple was going to be released in October this year. The idea was that everyone could be rated on a scale of 5 to improve our relationships. Obviously we are not skilled enough to be able to make our own decisions about anything so an app to tell us who we can be friends with is just the next logical step.

The idea received a lot of negative reviews from the media, with The Washington Post naming it "The Yelp for Humans". Yelp is an app used in the United States where people can post reviews on local businesses. So you can travel to a new city and find out where to get a haircut, eat sushi or book the next train out. A couple of negative reviews from people who don't know you and met you on an off day and you might never enter into any kind of social world again. Hello Second Life!

But Peeple isn't going away. The co-founders Nicole McCullough and Julia Cordray have gone back to the drawing board to take away some of the more controversial features but are still planning to launch it. Now you will only be able to rate people who are on the site and only positive ratings. In fact, they don't consider it to be rating people but to be recommending them.

There have been some surveys in the UK that show that people are more likely to visit even poorly rated businesses over those that have no rating. Employers more likely to hire people with few LinkedIn endorsements than those who are not on LinkedIn. Will this be the same for friends in the future? People won't want to know you unless you have a rating on Peeple?

When you are planning to eat out or stay in a hotel do you check TripAdvisor or other ratings first?

How did you do on last week's puzzle? Here it is again with the answer:

A man goes to bed at 9:45 pm. He makes himself a drink, then turns off the TV and the lights. The night was windy and there was a major storm. The next day he discovers he was the cause of seven deaths. How is this possible?


He worked in a lighthouse and forgot to turn on the light which warns ships.

Congratulations Juan Carlos and Beatriz.

Now for this week's.

I can be quick and then I'm deadly. I am a rock, shell and bone medley. If I was made into a man, I'd make people dream. I gather in my millions by ocean, sea and stream. What am I?

Looking forward to hearing your answers.

Have a good week.


Langland Language Institute

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