Moreover, Exrated offers no guidelines on what it deems acceptable or abusive.
“This is not going to foster constructive discussion,” predicted Internet safety expert Sameer Hinduja, who is co-director of Cyberbullying Research Center.
She added that Badoo’s CEO Andrey Andreev and his team “have done an outstanding job growing the product into a truly global community offering a unique local experience for its users.” Despite being in the shadows of more well-known sites like Plenty of Fish and Match, Badoo is a major player in the online dating world.
The service was founded in 2006, has 300 million users in 190 countries around the world, and 60 million monthly active users.
“Other sites like this have been flashes in the pan,” he said.
“People realize they can’t put stock in anonymous comments.
Especially in the era of Internet dating, why would you go on a date with a person who hasn’t been reviewed?
” said Ex Rated founder Tom Padazana, who said the site’s motto is “forewarned is forearmed.” “I hope this will be a research tool to help people make more educated decisions in dating," he added.
Lulu, a dating app designed to help women rate and share information about the men they date, has become part of online dating giant Badoo. Founded in 2011 by Alexandra Chong, the app was originally created to help women have a safer online dating experience by encouraging them to communicate with other women over the app about the men they dated.“The only way this site will go viral and get a larger userbase is if the content is salacious, related to sexual exploits, inflammatory, or controversial.” Yet many exes have received top ratings and even flattering endorsements from their ex-lovers.One is described as a “sweetie” (albeit a finicky eater), while a “good guy” with a five-star rating is called a “very special person -- idealistic, creative, and someone who stands behind his word.” Hinduja argued the site would be undone by its reliance on unsubstantiated, nameless reviews, pointing to the rise and fall of sites like Juicy Campus, a college gossip site that let users comment anonymously and shut down after less than two years.Users can both vet their prospects and vent about old lovers: see what past partners have to say about your upcoming date by searching for his or her name on the site, or leave a rating of your ex, along with any tips for the next guy or gal.“You wouldn’t go to a restaurant that hasn’t been reviewed.