Is this really an app?!

This past week in class we had app presentations and I learned about an app that really shocked me. The app is called LuLu and when I first heard about it I thought it had to be a joke! The app is meant for girls ONLY, to anonymously rate guys they know so that other girls will have an idea of what a specific guy is like and whether or not to invest their time.  Girls are able to rate guys based on personality, looks, humor, etc and then receive an overall rating on a scale of one through ten. They can also identify themselves as girlfriends, ex girlfriends, friends, or acquaintances so that other girls have a better idea of how well the “rater” knows the guy. Girls are also able to give each guy they rate a hash tag, these hash tags are pre-made by the app and can give more information about a guys character. As more girls rate a guy, their overall rating goes up or down based on how good or bad the rating are. 

The only person more surprised than me to find about this app was the guy in our presentation group! He had NO idea that an app like this existed and he actually ended up being one of the guys on the app who had been rated. 

Another girl in our presentation group said the one of her guy friends once got a very bad rating on the app because of an angry ex girlfriend and asked her if she could go on the app and as his friend post a better rating about him so that girls who saw his rating wouldn’t be turned off!! So even though guys are not allowed on the app, they often hear about their scores from other girls and are determined to change them for the better. 

I’m not certain how much I would actually trust the ratings, but the app does seem like an interesting way to perhaps get a better idea of what a guy might be like. It does however seem a little unfair in the sense that guys have no control over what girls say about them.

Curious about what more the app has to offer? Find out more for yourself! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.luluvise.android&hl=en

 

To use Geolocation or not?

Before a recent social media class explaining the vast purposes of Geolocation, I wasn’t entirely sure what it was used for or why I should ever “check-in” somewhere. After this class however, I had a much better idea of its purposes but still not a clear answer on whether or not I wanted to be giving out my location to an iPhone application. On one hand, I like the idea of receiving coupons and advertisements about products that might interest me near my current location, but at the same time, I don’t want to be receiving a million advertising pop ups when I am close to a large shopping center. However, the rewards and discounts incentive provided for “checking-in” does seem appealing. Another purpose seem to be to connect people who are currently in the same place which at first sounds like a good idea to meet people who attend the same stores, restaurants or school as you, but safety and dependability could be questioned. 

I can’t say I never use it! Often times when I need directions or want to find the nearest Starbucks, there is no hesitation to allow an application to use my current location. It seems to be an easy and fast way to find exactly where you need to go. 

The debate seems to come in when I think about what they use my location for and who is paying money to receive information about where I go. Could it be extremely helpful in defining a target audience for advertisers..? Yes. Could it be slightly invasive? Yes. Who’s right is it to profit off of YOUR location? I guess that’s for everyone to decide for themselves.

I’m still not entirely sure where I stand with this topic but this article seemed to provide a lot of information about these Geolocation apps and their purposes. 

Beyond Foursquare: The future of geolocation apps and websites