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Students — prepare to grade your teachers!

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Launched RateMyProfessors.com today in partnership with John Swapceinski (who created teacherratings.com). This is the best site for college students to find and share info on their college professors before they sign up for next semester’s classes.


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NY Times: ‘Face Time,’ With a Twist

Times reporter Matt Richtel called me this week to discuss the rapid growth of my first RateMy site, RateMyFace. Two days ago Matt called me back and told me his editors couldn’t publish our URL in the article since we allow users age 13 and up (whereas AmIHotorNot is 18+), even though our site launched over a year ago and there have been no issues with any of our members. Better than nothing, they still published some quotes of mine — but it is a shame that AmIHotorNot is going to get the major credit for my concept.

For example, Michael Hussey, 22, a recent graduate of the University of Maine, helped found Infinite Medium, a company that has a similar site, except that his site has become something of a dating hub. It has had roughly 7,000 pictures and gets 150,000 page views a day, and it is not restricted to adults. The site says it is open to anyone 13 or older. No pornography is allowed, but teenagers can and do post seductive images with suggestive user names and self-descriptions.

”We’re putting the responsibility in the hands of the surfers,” Mr. Hussey said, adding that parents needed to take care about where their children went online.

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Launched RateMyFace.com this week with Ron Gallagher. After telling a few people in AOL chat rooms about it, the site exploded and we generated 100K users in this first week. Unfortunately, the idea was a bit beyond our programming abilities and it takes about five minutes to manually add a new profile (which is kind of hard when you have hundreds of people submitting their pictures for rating). We are going to put the site on hold and relaunch it next summer with a much improved front and back end.

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