Everybody secretly wishes to know the opinion of other people on their looks.
Being a human, you are no exception.
Online PR News – 14-August-2014 – Paris, France – As a man, I have troubles figuring out what male attractiveness is. I know women can judge whether another woman is attractive or not, but I think men can't judge other men. Well, personally I can't.
This is a bit annoying when you're doing your personal grooming, such as looking at the mirror and trying to figure out which haircut will suit you, whether you should wear glasses or not, which kind of clothes to wear, etc.
Also, I never know which profile picture to choose for my Facebook profile.
This is really cumbersome!
I've tried many websites and apps to find answers to these questions, but none of them were satisfying.
The problems were:
On forums, you only get a few comments. It's hard to figure out whether the opinions are honest and whether the people who give answers have a mainstream opinion. Some may not like your style, others will want to be nice with you and others will be angry and mean towards you. Also, attractive people always get more comments. I've seen many people looking for "brutally honest feedback." Those requests are usually ignored.
The "Am I hot?" kind of apps ask the wrong question: "Do you like this picture?" But if you're attractive, people will generally answer yes, and if not, people will answer no. There's no answer of: "Yes, but…" or "You're okay." Again, this also depends on people's moods.
The picture-ranking apps also include the wrong information: "Rank this picture between 1 and 10." This is slightly better, but people don't agree on what a 6 is. And this still depends on people's personal tastes and moods. In the end, it's a complicated exercise, and there's too much error.
So I decided to come up with something different, and after a month of not seeing the light, I created Rivalicious.
The answer was to ask people to compare your pictures with others. This means that your score represents how many times you won over the other photos.
The voting process of the app works like this:
People get to choose between your picture and someone else's. This is repeated with many voters and many different pictures. Your score represents how many times your picture was preferred over others.
This has many advantages:
If you're attractive, you won't always be preferred over another photo because some people are probably more attractive than you. If you're not good looking but better looking than 30% of the rest of the photos, you will still get positive votes 30% of the time.
The voting process is simple. It is easy to choose which one you prefer of the two people
Your picture is compared by many different people and against different pictures, so you get a consistent rating
People must make a choice, so you will get votes. (I promise!)
During the testing of the app, I found out that it really gives an accurate ranking.
There were two other important problems I had to solve:
1. Keeping the users anonymous
Your attractiveness is something quite intimate. You don't want your friends to know that you have doubts about it. People wondering about their attractiveness sometimes have low self-esteem. I created Rivalicious with this in mind.
For example, you can connect with Facebook and Twitter because it's fast, but I don't post anything on your social media unless you really want to. And if you don't trust me, you can still use your e-mail address. (I don't sell them or spam people. I hate that!)
2. The amount of votes
If your picture is compared with three other people, that's not enough to have a fair score. For Rivalicious to work properly, it needs many votes per picture.
So I've done three things:
If you post a picture, you need to vote for 10 other pictures before your picture is enabled for others to vote on. This ensures there is at least 10 votes per picture. (But there will be more!)
The voting process is fun. I don't know really what makes it so fun, but I think people like to compare things. Also, when you make a vote, you see the two pictures' ranking, which is interesting to see if you made a mainstream choice or not. I have to say that it was sometimes difficult to work on the app without being distracted by the gaming aspect of the app.
New pictures are chosen based on priority and compared to other random pictures. This ensures new pictures get votes faster than others.
I'm really excited to have it submitted on the App Store, and I'm impatient to see how it will be received when is released. It should be available at the end of this week.
I hope it will help people to figure out how to improve their attractiveness. Meanwhile, you can get notified when the app is released here: http://rivalicious.com.