Do you remember Hot or Not, the scandalous website which invited you to rate people on their appearance—and helped inspire Facebook?
Hotstagram, Instagram’s ‘Hot or Not,’ allows users to rank the most attractive photos. All those people who’ve always wondered who the hottest Instagram users were, and now can have a say in it.
It’s quite well-known that before Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg started Facemash, a site pitting two images of people side-by-side so users could choose the hottest one.
About a decade left and as Facebook CEO, he owes Instagram and with it, a treasure trove of user pics that could foster a newer iteration of Facemash.
The new site Hotstagram has very easy and understandable interface: with a simple two image-layout, visitors to the site are encouraged to simply click the image of the Instagram user they consider to be hotter. There’s even a leaderboard with the top ten most clicked-on pics, reports The Next Web.
Instagram users can send their pics to the Hotstagram by adding the #hotstagram hashtag to their Instagram photo uploads.
To rank the photos the “hot-or-not” site uses a bubble sort algorithm. All photos are then ranked according to preferences of votes and the top batch of pics for girls and guys are featured on the respective leaderboard pages.
For the most part the top ranks are filled with scantily clad girls – it is swimsuit season – or leading men from TV shows or movies, The Huffington Post writes.
In a matter of minutes Hotstagram users can rank dozens of photos with a seemless transition from one pair of photos to the next.
The site even has a fail-safe feature that lets the user navigate back to the previous page and revote on a pair of photos – in case someone accidentally clicks on a not-so-hot photo.
The system is relatively simple. After all, it only took its owner, a 27-year-old who goes by the pseudonym “Captain Kirk,” a weekend to code Hotstagram.
Kirk debuted the site Monday. He tweeted: “Introducing Hotstagram.com – vote on the hottest girls on @instagram! male version coming soon.”
Aside from his age and preferred TV show, not much is known about the site’s founder. Some sources revealed that Kirk works for a start-up in San Francisco called Tracks.by, which promotes artists seeking to release tracks or music videos.
If you take to Hotstagram’s site to try it out for yourself, don’t be discouraged if you receive a 404 error. After its debut yesterday, Kirk said he saw 150 ratings a second”. It’s can be logically supposed that number has skyrocketed since then.