A group of kids has created an app to combat the police abuses seen in Ferguson, and everywhere else.
The app, called Five-O, is like a detailed version of Yelp for the police. (It’s worth noting that the Ferguson Police Department already has a dismal one-star review on Yelp). After any interaction, someone can answer questions like “Was the stop legitimate?” and “Were you physically assaulted?” and give the officer a grade from A to F. App users can also view scores for a particular department, or browse through departments by county or state.
"At the time you don’t really realize what’s going on, you’re just trying to make something successful," he says. "The initial idea that we had didn’t actually work. We had to pivot quite substantially."
A six-year veteran of Yelp, Miriam Warren established the user-generated review company’s London outpost and oversaw its European expansion, most recently into France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, and Denmark. So she knows from turbulence! How does Warren stay productive while racking up the frequent-flier miles?
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“Cofounder and CEO Dennis Crowley has highlighted this trend of Yelpification. In March, Crowley said he’s noticed the service’s user base drifting away from check-ins. “People are using the app, but they’re not checking in,” Crowley told TechCrunch. “I asked myself: Did we break something? But in fact, it’s because people are using Foursquare to look for where their friends are, to find things, and as a recommendation service. It’s almost like it doesn’t occur to them to check in.””