The Internet Said What About Me?

Crowd wisdom reaches wit

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Articles and famous profiles, sure, but this is personal. PersonRatings.com is a website where visitors can anonymously review and rate other people. Unlike the famed and apishly simple HotOrNot, it’s highly personal with names and reputations on the line as the crowd rates a target’s intelligence, sexiness, classiness, and sense of humor, among other attributes.

Self-proclaimed Yelp for people, PersonRatings is intended to be an online reputation resource working against self-promoting Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Users can upload photos of the subject of review, write a bio, pay to run a background check, or set up an alert whenever a new comment is made about the person.

Jimbo Wales, Kevin Rose
Jimbo Wales,
Kevin Rose

Call it Gossip 2.0, a streamlining of the horrors of JuicyCampus, though it seems the service is intended to attract hiring managers looking to get a good feel for job candidates. But just imagine if your jilted ex-wife and her bitchy friends got on there. Likely their opinion is different than your mother’s or your best friend’s.

This seems to be its chief flaw. It’s easily gameable, and as with many sites of the slipping away Web 2.0 era, it relies on people. Worse, it relies on people’s ability to be objective and fair. A grudge, a personal dispute, a desire for revenge or playing a prank can easily skew the rating. The same goes for the fanatic element.
Adolf Hitler PersonRatings
For example,  Jimbo Wales, who created Wikipedia, doesn’t currently have any friends at PersonRatings. He’s considered not very smart or sexy or funny or friendly, kind, classy or trustworthy. Kevin Rose, creator of Digg.com, on the other hand, is all those things and more, but not quite as wonderful as Adolf Hitler, who apparently lives in Georgia these days.

You can thank some anonymous commentators at Ars Technica writer Jacqui Cheng‘s profile for some interesting fiction. But then again she did sort of ask for vandalism in her piece about the site.

Jacqui Cheng
Jacqui Cheng

Technically, PersonRatings.com should be covered by the Communications Decency Act regarding computer services and user-generated content; so when the so-called wisdom of crowds gives over to digital character assassination, the site’s (probably) legally in the clear. 

That doesn’t usually stop lawsuits, though, and if the site itself escapes defamation liability, some commentator somewhere some time in the future will likely stare down a subpoena.



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  • Joseph

    hEY jAY-SON!

    OMG – HA!

    This should be interesting.

    The internet is starting to scare me ;-)

  • Joseph

    The Again.

    It does say:

    . Content Accessible Through the Site.

    The Site contains a variety of information (the “Content”) that end users of the Site create and post. You understand and agree that any Content posted on the Site is the exclusive responsibility of the person who posted or uploaded it, and that you will be solely responsible for any Content that you upload, post, email or otherwise transmit via the Site. You acknowledge that PersonRatings is not responsible for and does not verify the Content available through the Site, and that it makes no guarantee regarding the quality of any such Content. You agree that you will bear any and all risk of reliance on the accuracy, validity or legitimacy of such Content. Under no circumstances will PersonRatings be liable in any way to you for any Content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any Content or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted or otherwise transmitted via the Site.

  • http://www.antidote.com.sg Alan

    welcome to anti-social media marketing.

  • http://www.singlecentral.com Michelle Goebel

    Remember that fight you and your ex had twenty years ago? Well, even if you don’t, they do and will probably “stretch the truth a tad” blogging about it using a play by play description and photos.

    Seriously, we need to let things go and “move on” with life don’t you think? And I agree, the internet is getting REAL SCARY!

  • rasmasyean

    LOL this is so funy!

    I forogt the name…not sure if it still exists, but there was this site that women would post about their ex-boyfriends if they were cheaters or losers, etc. etc. The idea was to “help” other women avoid these guys or something like that!

  • abby

    Very funny!
    here I also have a good share:
    there are many kinds of beautiful and lovely consumer electronics which may give your life more fun!
    I like it very much!

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