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Why a crowd sourcing app for discovering infidelity is a bad idea

Posted by Moverick on December 20, 2012  /   Posted in Reviews

I ran into news of this app that claims to help you find out if your partner is seeing someone else apart from you. I first got wind of this on WebtrendsNg. It may sound all good and dandy to you, but sit back and let’s have a no holds barred tete-a-tete about this.

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One of the core rules to follow if you want your relationship to last is to ignore what third parties have to say about what they saw your partner doing. “I saw uncle at Yaba Hotels with one babe like that”, et al. You see, such information are not always accurate or delivered with the best of intentions. Even where they are, while the evidence may look bad, their conclusion (or yours) is not necessarily correct.

Let’s start with a statement from the site’s FAQ on how the app works:

At the heart of the system is a search engine. You start by entering the email address or phone number of the person you are dating or the person you want to check on. We then search in our records if there is any matching. Once we find a matching, we put you in contact with the other people who know this person (ex-wife, ex-girlfriend, or current husband or mistress). Then you can get first hand facts from those people to make up your mind.

So, this app wants you to trust others (sometimes total strangers) to tell you what your partner is doing. Am I the only one who has a problem with that?

Here’s a scenario that has been played out again and again in human history. You are a woman and in a relationship with this uber guy. Lots of other ladies would love to have him to themselves. Some of them have tried and failed, and so there is “beef” (read: bitter envy) hanging in the air. Because you know that he is highly desirable (and you are stupid), you go to this site/app and enter his phone number and/or email address in some crowd sourcing app to find out if he is dating someone else or has gone sowing wild oats.

You get feedback from five to six bitchy, envy-driven ladies who claim that your guy is dating them all. Wait. What’s six to seven? You get feedback from one – just one – lady who claims that your guy is dating her or has eaten from her garden. Whatever your conclusion is, seeds of distrust and doubt have been sown in your heart. You have put your happiness on the line because you are stupid. Sooner or later, things fall apart between the two of you, and the desperate lady works her way into your guy’s heart. He becomes hers (or someone else’s), and only because you were stupid. We can re-write the above scenario from the guy’s side too. Stupidity is still the name of the game.

The quote from the app website says: “Then you can get first hand facts from those people to make up your mind.” First hand facts? Who verifies and certifies these “facts”? Just visit Twitter to find out how “facts” are made up on a whim. Also, I doubt that a lot of people will find it easy making up their minds. The feedback from this site/app will often result in confusion.

Here’s another quote from the website:

If you are in a serious relationship with a person, you can use Qoqoriqo to tell the whole word that this person is taken. People searching for your partner will land on a dedicated page where you’ll display information about your loved one. It’ll discourage most of contenders.

Are you kidding me? Knowing that a person is in a serious relationship will discourage most contenders? This is 2012, people. People know you’re married (M.A.R.R.I.E.D) and still hit on you anyway. Actually, these days, the more taken people are, the more desirable they often are. Does that tell you something? If someone finds your partner desirable, knowing that they are in a relationship with you will not change anything. There is enough proof of that all around.

Oh! And let us not forget that this search engine simply means that whoever is behind this is developing a huge database of emails and phone numbers. Yes; that too.

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Anyway, you know me, the adventurer. I decided to run a check to find out if one of my many girlfriends was two-timing me. So I entered her number in the Qoqoroqo search box and got feedback that said, “We don’t have any records on 0023480xxxyyyy yet”. Nice. No-one knows about my boo yet. No?

But here is the catch. Just below that feedback, I was encouraged to register to find out what the person’s contacts are saying about her. Then, below that was this:

If, You are the person with this ‘email’ or ‘phone’, and you have things to hide, Put yourself on the whitelist to be invisible. Start at $99/year. Whitelist this person now.

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Simply put, the website/app’s stated objective of helping you find out if your life partner is cheating on you is pure and plain bullshit. This website is actually willing to help people cover their tracks for a nice sum. Duh!

I told you that you’d be a fool (read: very stupid) to rely on such a lame idea as this to find out if your partner is playing you. You see, if your partner got there before you, he/she could become a ghost for just $99 per year.

Now, where’s my MasterCard? I’ve been a bad boy and I need to make it all go away. Hurry! Go cover your tracks too at Qoqoriqo.

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About Moverick

Webmaster and Content Creator. Owned over 120 mobiles. Founder of Mobility Arena, HouseOfMo.com, and MobiNaija.com. Follow him on Twitter @Moverick, on LinkedIn at YomiAdegboye, and circle him on Google+.

9 Comments

  1. Harry Echemco December 20, 2012 4:10 am / Reply

    Excellent job!

    It is all said already. A site cannot claim to help you or anyone resolve issues of infidelity while at the same time helping in covering people up. And if they can actually help in covering cheaters up for a fee, how sure are you that the person you are seeking information about is not already under their protection. And talking of protection here, this will actually be very limited given the vast expanse of the Internet and so many ways one can go about things.

    Simply put, the website/app’s stated objective of helping you find out if your life partner is cheating on you is pure and plain bullshit. This website is actually willing to help people cover their tracks for a nice sum. Duh!

    Again, how much can we trust these guys not to sell the protection they are supposed to offer at a fee. What guarantee have we that if someone comes up to offer a better deal on their paying clients, that they will stick to their business obligation since they are already so quick to show their lucre-driven business minded nature?

    I think people should be a little more creative than this, and come up with ideas that can add some values to other people’s lives, rather than engaging in this kind of gossip-fanning business venture.

  2. awikonko December 20, 2012 7:59 am / Reply

    Interesting to say the least

  3. Noni December 20, 2012 10:08 am / Reply

    Why would I go through all that hassle to find out if a boyfriend/girlfriend is cheating on me? Unless they are my spouse or Fiance/e, they are disposable in my opinion.

    Even then, if in the big hypothesis, I wanted to play the field I wouldn’t get married or commit. And, if I was so insecure about what my significant other was up to and I resorted to this rubbish to confirm my suspicions, well…

    But then there are enough suspicious and philandering people out there to keep a company like this in business.

  4. koweiszki December 20, 2012 10:35 am / Reply

    jes can’t stop smh

  5. martinkem December 20, 2012 12:44 pm / Reply

    Well this app is a fraud, just trying to exploit other people’s insecurity for a profit. what a sad world we are in

  6. babangida December 20, 2012 5:01 pm / Reply

    @ martinkem, Well said

  7. mawuna December 22, 2012 2:28 pm / Reply

    Hi, Mister Mo

    I’m the founder of Qoqoriqo, and I appreciate your review and take on the Qoqoriqo application. It’s something new and quite controversial I admit, but it serves a good purpose, man :)

    You focused only on the eventually bad sides of the app. When you see the money some folks a spending on 2 or 3 mistresses, instead of caring about their families! Qoqoriqo could expose them and maybe they would have some chill! An angry mistress could post Text message, emails or photos you shoot together!

    Also, I have to say Qoqoriqo is not a fraud, it’s a legitimate app, and has not been built on the premise to hurt you or anyone. The $99 is the price of Deception.

    You raised lot of good points, and I have to say we are aware of the danger of people lying or trying to manipulate the results. it’s human nature and no app will solve that. In communities where trust level or morality is very low, it’ll be ugly.

    cite “Unfortunately, It’s possible that some people would try to manipulate the results. However, Qoqoriqo is not limited to the search results. Like Google results are the first steps into discovering the content you are looking for.

    The best way to make one’s mind is to get into contact with the other person and fact check their statement. There is a public forum to share information and also, users can privately contact each other. If the other party can’t share more information about their relationship status with the person in question, they can quickly be dismissed.”

  8. Harry Echemco December 22, 2012 3:28 pm / Reply

    @mawuna:

    You focused only on the eventually bad sides of the app. When you see the money some folks a spending on 2 or 3 mistresses, instead of caring about their families! Qoqoriqo could expose them and maybe they would have some chill! An angry mistress could post Text message, emails or photos you shoot together!

    Also, I have to say Qoqoriqo is not a fraud, it’s a legitimate app, and has not been built on the premise to hurt you or anyone. The $99 is the price of Deception.

    It appears the main design here is to cash in on these cheaters than solve problem of infidelity. I mean, how can you design an app that is supposed to expose infidelity and still encourage unfaithful partners to pay protection money so they could be covered up. Can’t you see that it doesn’t appear as though you are really committed to solving this problem of infidelity but rather more interested in the protection money.

    This is akin to the Police asking civil offenders to present parti-kola when they are caught in one offence or the other rather than punishing them according to the law. Can’t you see the whole thing smells of fraud. How can you be protecting and exposing at the same time? Very much like what blackmailers will do. Pay protection money or …..

  9. Mawuna December 23, 2012 1:48 pm / Reply

    @Harry
    Your exemple of police is a good one. When police finds you at fault you’ll receive a fine. Is that a fraud police is committing to charge people a fine?
    Yellow pages, more accurately White pages charge people who doesn’t want to appear in their directory, is that a fraud?
    What makes you think that’s a fraud? (what is your definition of fraud?).

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