Let’s do something different today and try to recall a couple things from last year, more specifically last October.
Remember Peeple? The IOS app that would let you rate people like product on amazon or like restaurant on Yelp? Unless you have been reading tech news this week, probably not. After the original buzz over the objectively stupid idea, they did a good job at lurking back into the shadow. Don’t worry though because they just released their app earlier this week! Yes, after being bashed for their stupid idea and proved how hypocritical they were on negative feedback, they reworked their idea and published it.
So what has changed since last time? Well, you still need a Facebook account and a phone number to join, which better than nothing I suppose. You can’t create an account for someone else any more, but you can “review” someone who is not on Peeple, sending them an invite to the service. Most importantly, you get to approve what “review” get to be seen by the public. That also means that anything short of glowing review would never become public rendering the whole app extremely shallow and stupid, which it was from the very beginning.
So what’s the catch? Surely no one will care about a rubbish phone app. Well, here is where things go back to stupid-land. They figured they would not make a lot of cash simply from slapping advertisement in an app that one will use, so instead the came up with something devious. They want to implement something they call a “Truth License”. For a small price, You would be able to see every single “review” ever written, regardless of if it was approved or not. If you can’t see how terrible of an idea that is, just think about for a few minute. What would be funny is if they made a counter service where you would pay so that none could your unapproved posts (though that would be ostensibly blackmail…)
Bottom line is this app is never going to catch on, hopefully. They are already getting crucified a second time in the media, so maybe they’ll go back from they came sooner than later.
In case you forgot, last year was 2015, or the year Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future Part 2. Every got really excited and then very sad when realized than flying and self sizing/drying clothes didn’t exist and that what was called hoverboards were really only cheap Chinese knock off that could spontaneously combust. However two companies decided to make the best of it and tried to use the hype to market us some products. Pepsi “released” Pepsi perfect, which was an utter and complete failure, and nike “announced” the self lacing shoes from the movie. The original plan was that they would sell the shoes like they did with the first batch in 2011, as a charity auction sometime in spring of 2016.
Well, it’s pretty much spring 2016, and not a single blip since that announcement back on October 21st. Did they make a huge mistake with the shoes and are hoping everyone forgot? are they ramping production to actually mass market the crap out of them? (those would sell like mad! Think about Nike! Think about it!) All of this is pointless speculation but I find it some what frustrating when companies have these really cool products they know they could make and sell by the thousands and yet do nothing about it… Obviously they could make a major announcement litteraly tomorrow and make me look like an idiot but what are the chances?
I just want me some cool shoes Nike. Just Do It! (Get it? It’s their tagline! hahaha…)