New App Lets Ladies Anonymously Rate & Review Hookups

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    I just stumbled upon this link on Deadspin.com ... If you have a Facebook account and a few ex-girlfriends, former hookups, or ex-wives that might have an axe to grind, watch out:

    http://jezebel.com/sex-yelp-new-app-lets-ladies-anonymously-rate-and-revi-512872745

    Article excerpt:

    Lulu, like Tindr and Bang With Friends, is another one of those handy apps that focuses on the delightful experience of fornication and brings it together with your social media accounts. But unlike previous romance apps, Lulu isn't about finding a partner. It's about reviewing and rating conquests, lovers, whatever. "You" must be female, and you're scoring dudes. Lulu is Yelp for hookups, in that the guys are the restaurant and women are the reviewers.

    Okay so, yes, this sounds a lot like a meat market/revenge site for spiteful exes, and plenty of people have accused the site of being a forum for malicious women to tell the world Joe Handsome actually has the smallest dick ever. But Alexandra Chong, founder of Lulu, has created the app in such a way that the experience is less like a 4chan thread to ruins guys' lives. and more a tool for crowdsourcing womens' opinion on a guy.

    Here's how it works: Women must log in using their Facebook pages, which verify that they are indeed a woman. (Lulu has a team of developers that keep out guys who want to hack into the system). Once a woman logs in, she can find a guy — the process is basically a Facebook search — with whom she's hooked up and review him using the format Lulu has created. Although reviewers remain completely anonymous, they have to indicate how they know the dude in question: Are you an ex? Did you hook up? Are you currently together? Maybe he's your cousin and you're doing him a favor. Next, the Lulu asks you to answer a series of multiple-choice questions (the screencap below features just a few; there are endless hashtag options, from #manscaped to #playsdidgeridoo).

    Your answers result in an overall score for said guy, with hashtags put into "Best" and "Worst" categories and some sort of zingy phrase that summarizes his person like, "His jokes are hard to laugh at" or "He's shrouded in mystery." No one can leave comments in their own words, meaning the app keeps reviewers from being overly detailed (i.e., there is no place on the app where women can describe penis size). With time, Lulu turns into a database of men with reviews from women — and with over 75,000 downloads, plenty of women are using it.
     
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    How guys can cheat Lulu, the dating app that crosses Yelp with OkCupid

    http://www.dailydot.com/lol/lulu-girls-only-yelp-for-guys-cheat/

    By Miles Klee on June 13, 2013

    Lulu, an app called “Sex and the City marries Facebook” and “the girls-only Yelp for boys,” allows its female clientele to rate men as easily (and bluntly) as if they were falafel joints. The only thing more inevitable than this technology is somebody attempting to game it.

    That somebody is me.

    The immediate setback was Lulu’s gender restriction. You have to log in via Facebook, and though I never told Zuckerberg that I’m a man, Lulu quickly decided I was—unfair name bias—hitting me with this error message:

    Dude, you’re a DUDE. We run a strict policy about this. (We still love you anyway!) We have a special app for you!

    That app would be Lulu Dude, which apparently caters directly to dudes trying to access regular Lulu. Its description reads: Rock your profile on Lulu! Find out if girls are checking you out and what they REALLY think about sex and relationships.

    The site is transparently fake and designed to embarrass anyone vain or careless enough to “Invite 25 friends to INSTANTLY reveal” their Lulu score. Given that these scores are for ladies’ eyes only, with plenty of security to that effect, skepticism should prevail here.

    If you bring up the site online, it teases that “2 Girls have favorited you” and “3 Girls have checked you out”—even before you tell it who you are. It also asks to use your location and begins to send you faintly mocking emails (“Hey, handsome,” “Congrats, big man!”) that encourage the recipient to click on dubious blind links.

    This Lulu Dude was not so easily duped. But neither was the app.

    It hardly seemed worthwhile to assemble a dummy Facebook account, so to further my scheme I chose to enlist the aid of a lady friend, who shall remain anonymous so that her defection to the patriarchy goes unpunished. Once she had calmed down about the ability to leave extensive commentary regarding “Sack Skills,” she complained that the app kept crashing.

    We already knew one trick to succeeding on Lulu, however: be good in the sack. Either that or score the #BigFeet tag, which seems laughably euphemistic in the circumstances. To judge by the app’s tag options, women are just as shallow as men supposedly are.

    Katie Heaney, writing for BuzzFeed, isn't amused either:

    Who cares if he votes, am I right, ladies? The quizzing system Lulu uses to review guys is decidedly Cosmopolitan, big “C”: you’ll be asked about his looks, his sense of humor, his predilection toward impressing a girl with flowers, his career prospects, and his ability to commit.

    Eventually my accomplice found my profile, only to discover that I had no reviews. I was devastated. In order to anonymously post any feedback about me, she was subjected to a battery of questions, beginning with the nature of our relationship (or former relationship, as the case may be). Notably, there was no “Casual Affair” option.

    It then went on to ask about what our first kiss felt like:

    • Acid reflux
    • Mono
    • A warm tingly feeling
    • A warm tingly feeling down there

    This was immediately confusing. If I were merely a “Crush,” “Friend,” or “Relative” (shudder), how would she know how I kiss? The physical stuff quickly shaded over into traditional “marriage material” questions, such as: Is he into commitment? Would your parents approve?

    This is the central confusion of Lulu. It can’t decide whether it’s a simple meat market or the poor woman’s version of eHarmony. Users, one supposes, can choose whether to plan hookups or nuptials, though the objectifications and romantic aspirations are always awkwardly juxtaposed.

    Case in point (and also Lulu’s most fascinating feature): the #LuluTags. They range from the principled (#RespectsWomen) to the sexually niche (#ThreeDayStuble [sic]) to the utterly sophomoric (#HotFriends). There’s also a high premium placed on smelling good.

    On Lulu, the answer to “what women want” is simple: someone fun to make out with who isn’t a total jerk. The only way to win the Lulu ratings game, it seems, is to have a sense of decency. And clothes that aren’t Ed Hardy.

    A guitar wouldn’t hurt, either.