Officially launching Thursday, the networking site is the electronic equivalent of the junior high cafeteria, with the popular kids ó i.e., members ó voting on whether to offer seats to the hopeful hordes. Which means that unlike other online communities such as Friendster and Thefacebook, BeautifulPeople functions more like an invitation-only social club.
The criteria are shamelessly superficial: a recent photograph (bikinis and bare biceps encouraged) and body statistics. Is your six-pack more of a two-pack? The site also accepts “people with personal/professional qualities that stand out from the majority” ó like “Sandhill,” an entrepreneur with a goofy grin who says his income is $1 million-plus.
An applicant’s photo and profile is posted for three days. Members grade candidates of the opposite sex (to avoid Mean Girls-style competition) on a four-point attractiveness scale, from “Yes! Certainly!!” to ó ouch ó “No! Not at all!”
But this reminds me of VanityDate.com, where yes, you (if you’re a guy) can date former Hugh Hefner favorites (and L.A. residents) Sandy and Mandy Bentley. But that is, of course, if you’re presumably pretty enough for them. (Somehow, I don’t think any of the Slashdot crowd need apply.)
UPDATE: BeautifulPeople.net is apparently only compatible with Internet Explorer, but geeks know Firefox is the beautiful browser.