I’ve written a number of times about my hatred of the 1-to-5 star rating system. It’s too arbitrary. What constitutes a 2-star rating? What about a 4-star rating? If you like something, it’s 5-stars. If you hate it, it’s 1-star. And maybe if it’s okay, it’s 3-stars. The love/like/meh/dislike that something like Oink uses is much better because at least it gives meaning to the ratings. But what if ratings could be even easier? Easier than even thumbs up/thumbs down?
That’s Stamped. There is only one way to vote with the app: if you like something, give it a stamp (your stamp of approval, as it were). If you don’t like something, ignore it. Don’t rate it. It couldn’t be easier.
I first wrote about Stamped for TechCrunch in September. I’ve been testing the app since then and have kept using it. I love both the simplicity and the design of the app. Today it finally launched to the public and that promises to make it even more useful. The key, as with all these apps, is data.