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LADIES ONLY: Lulu app offers to rate men anonymously

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Ladies looking for love now have a new electronic tool that could help them find their match. It's called Lulu, and it claims to offer an anonymous rating system to evaluate men.

"What's really anonymous these days?" asked Nadine Babu, social media expert.

Babu posed that question because she says it's one every lady needs to consider when hopping on the trendy, fairly new app known as Lulu.

Lulu is touted as the place where "Sex in the City meets Facebook." It's free. Simply download on your smartphone or tablet, and verify you're 17 or older.

Sign in with your Facebook account and decide if you want the app connected to your contacts, or location. Got that? Here goes.

Pictures of your male connections load, and the snooping begins. You can rate men, or see how they rank among other Lulu users.

Some women admit they find Lulu "creepy" because they feel it is too much like cyber stalking for their taste.

One thing is for sure: Lulu makes it easy to see if your crush is "Captain Fun" or if he'll leave you singing Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" because he's made others a "hit and run."

Newly-single women, like Cindy Marshel, told FOX 9 News they like the concept and find the app useful before dates.

"You want to know -- do we have anything in common? Or maybe they want to be a serial dater, and I don't," smiled Marshel.

Men can screen their progress among men on "Lulu Dude." Scott Greenseth said he likes the idea of learning what the ladies really think about him,

"If you found out what they're saying it might help you change. You'd know what people's opinion of you [is]," chuckled Greenseth.

For information technology expert Jake DeWoskin, his main concern with Lulu is privacy.

"Everything is permanent on the Internet," he warned. "Everything you do leaves an indelible mark."

Although Lulu promises anonymity, DeWoskin worries Lulu is a breeding ground for misrepresentation, and will likely only lead to bad juju in the long run.

"It's a somewhat despicable technology. I don't see any positive benefit, especially this day in age when cyber bullying is really having a detrimental effect," said DeWoskin.

Although Lulu creators encourage "good behavior" on the app, Babu says there's just no telling who's using the golden rule while rating former beaus or romantic prospects.

"You could have all your girlfriends go in and say all the best things about you, or you could have all your exes go on, and your exes for a reason, go on and say bad things about you," cautioned Babu.

Unless you believe there is any real credibility in an app like Lulu, Babu suggests exercising caution.

"I don't know how practical it is, it definitely can be hurtful to a lot of people," she said.

To learn more about Lulu, click here: http://www.onlulu.com/about.html

To link to Nadine Babu's page click here: http://babusocialnetworks.com/

 

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