Brickbats and bouquets online

Brickbats and bouquets online
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First Published: Wed, Mar 14 2007. 12 53 AM IST
Updated: Wed, Mar 14 2007. 12 53 AM IST
Do you want to create a good reputation for yourself? Try using the Gorb (www.thegorb.com). It is an online community of professionals where reputations from real life are recorded and viewed by others. Another one of the ever-growing Web 2.0 sites, this is completely community-led.
The ratings for a person are collected based on their email addresses. You search for the person by his email ID and rate him/her based on personal and professional interactions. You can add some more information about the person. As someone who is being rated, you can ask people to search for your email ID and rate you as they know you. If there is someone you like professionally or personally, you can give him/her a thumbs up or if you want to say something about someone you don’t like, do it here. Think of it as Digg for people! And yes, anonymity is allowed!
The Gorb combines anonymity and accountability. “If you provide an anonymous opinion about another person and if the community around that person accepts your opinion as fair and balanced, then your reputation as a fair and objective person will be enhanced. However, if you offer an opinion that is too positive or too negative, and the community rejects it, your reputation will suffer.”
The Gorb believes that “it is sometimes harder to identify someone with a good reputation than it is to come across someone with a bad one”. They hope to change that.
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First Published: Wed, Mar 14 2007. 12 53 AM IST
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