Divvs: Trust Through Networking


ScreenshotHow do you know whether you can trust someone you’ve run across on the web – say, by finding them on Craigslist? That’s the question Divvs is setting out to answer. Currently in alpha, it takes a relatively simple approach to the problem: the more connected you are across multiple networks, the more trustworthy you are. The result is wrapped up in a single numerical “Divvs Rating.” When you sign up, you’re given the opportunity to identify yourself in multiple ways (currently email, mobile phone, Facebook, and Twitter). Each identity is verified (for example, you’ll get a text code to your phone number, to input back to the site), and the more identity juice you have, and the better connected you are, the higher your Divvs rating.

It’s an interesting idea, a sort of formalization of the common practice of Googling people. If it becomes popular, the Divvs rating could serve as a quick way to size up potential collaborators and subcontractors. Of course, if it becomes popular, spammers will also try to figure out how to scam it – but we’re a ways off from that point yet. At the moment, it’s at least a fun exercise in comparing your networking level to those of your peers.


Mike Gale

This sort of “rating” isn’t something I find very useful.

It kinda tries to say whether you actually exist, nothing about whether you are worth dealing with.

Need a better way to evaluate. It needs to be “my way” too!

Michael Ivey

@Michael Thompson: You can find me on the ‘net pretty easily…I break out in a cold sweat thinking about what would happen to *me* if we spammed people. :)

Michael Thompson

@Michael Ivey: Thanks for the response. I think this is a great idea, however I get nervous when I submit some of my main contact points into a pre-beta web service with little feedback.

I break into a cold sweat thinking of the spam potential. Figuratively. :)

Michael Ivey

@Michael Thompson: No, we aren’t doing it by hand, it just takes a little while (we’re still in alpha, although we’re in the process of going to our closed beta) … your rating is going now, should be done in 5 or 10 minutes. I’ll look into why your text message never arrived.

Michael Thompson

Their text message never arrived on my AT&T phone, and my rating processing has been at zero for the last fifteen minutes (with sporadic page reloads).

So far…fail.

“Our math geeks are working on your rating right now…” They aren’t calculating this by hand, are they? If so, super-epic fail.

What modern web service asks for a sh*t-load of personal information and then does…nothing?

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