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Lulu - Is the app worth it?

Contributing Reporter

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014 00:01

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Facebook stalking your crush has reached a new level with a new app that allows women to rate their current and previous boyfriends and their male friends.

Lulu is a free app that allows women to anonymously review men they know or have dated based on their looks, charm, personality, and even how they perform in the sack.

To access the app, users log in with their Facebook account. Once logged in, a dashboard of potential suitors is available to evaluate.

To review a guy, female users click on his profile, answer a few multiple choice questions either as an ex-girlfriend, a crush, current girlfriend, friend, relative or a former hookup about his looks, first kiss and personality. To rate his personality, label him with as many hash tags as possible with the most popular tags including #BelievesinLove and #GoneByMorning.

Lulu’s creator, Alexandra Chong, said Lulu is not about bashing men, but about knowledge of who is out there. It was created for the purpose of researching a guy before dating him, she said.

The app has created controversy on the fairness of the evaluations and the privacy of the men on the app, according to Mashable.com. If a guy has a Facebook account, he is automatically on Lulu, whether he is single, in a relationship or married. His female friends can evaluate him and label him a simple phrase like #CheaperThanABigMac.

Sam Houston State University junior Shelby Bourland believes Lulu should notify men of their presence on the app.

“I think it goes against the guy’s privacy since they don’t know that they’re actually on the app,” she said.

When asked if she would ever use it, Bourland said she would but would “take whatever I read with a grain a salt since anyone could post a review.”

Although men have no control of what girls say about them, they can be removed from the app by contacting Lulu and requesting it. Although the information visible on a guy’s Lulu profile isn’t more than what could be found on a private Facebook profile, the problem is the possible defamation of character.

“We encourage students to be thoughtful and careful before putting any information because of the long-lasting damage that could occur,” Student Legal and Mediation Services Director Attorney Gene Roberts said. “Your online profile and statements that you make need to be one that’s carefully guarded.”

According to Lulu’s website, the app has more than 1 million users.

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