Monday, 30 April 2012
Ugly Meter App 500,000
Ugly Meter works by scanning a user’s photo for contours, symmetry and proportions.
The face gets a rating between one and 100 on the “ugly scale,” along with a corresponding comment that can range from flattering (“You’re so hot you make the sun jealous”) to downright mean (“You’re so ugly, you could make a glass eye cry.”)
The 99-cent iPhone app has been available since November 2010, but it shot up the app store chart this week after getting a mention on Howard Stern’s radio show. As of Monday morning, it was in second place behind the game Angry Birds and now boasts over five million downloads.
Developer Eugene Overline told the Daily Mail that Ugly Meter has generated more than $500,000 in revenue to date, $80,000 of which came in overnight after Stern’s mention.
While Overline maintains that Ugly Meter is just a game, not intended to be taken seriously, anti-cyber bullying activists warns that the app could encourage teasing and lower a child’s self esteem.