Tengrade is a social rating tool that allows users to “rate an endless list of topics from politics to pizza to pop culture, and beyond, and then see what the rest of the world thinks.” Essentially, the rating tool is like Yelp, but without words, and with greater functionality. Let’s say, for example, you want to rate Chipotle on Tengrade. All you have to do is type it into the search bar, and you then rate the restaurant on a scale from 0-10, where 0 indicates that you hate it, and 10 indicates that you love it (but in all seriousness, everyone loves Chipotle). As you rate the restaurant you are able to see what kind of ratings it has received in the last hour, 24 hours, 7 days, 30 days, and year. If you’re into statistics, there are even charts displaying the ratings it has obtained from users over time, including yourself.
Stu Strumwasser, President and Co-Founder, and Ted Werth, Co-Founder of Tengrade, refer to these moments in which we wish to share our sentiments on a certain topic with our friends and the world, as “tengrade moments.” Tengrade began with Stu’s fascination with the relationship between a politician’s actions and the public’s opinion of him or her through approval ratings. This initial idea transformed into something greater, so that not just politicians could be rated, but virtually anything under the sun. What’s cool about Tengrade is that you can see that people’s ratings are correlated with the news and the passage of time, and how these ratings are constantly changing everyday.
Millions of people already express their opinions on sites such as Amazon, Yelp, and Rotten Tomatoes, but writing long text reviews is time consuming, and most people would prefer not to waste the time. Plus, many of those text reviews are fake, or written by people with whom the user has nothing in common. “Liking” or “pinning” gives no qualitative information, but a quick rating of 0-10 can say quite a bit about whatever it is you are rating. Tengrade is efficient in that you can use it from the website, any mobile device, or even in your tweets. Not only are you able to see what the entire world thinks, but also what the people within your circle think, or what people demographically similar to you think.
If this seems interesting to you, set up an account. And, to make the tool even more easily accessible, the creators of Tengrade have made it possible for Twitter and Facebook users to Tengrade right from their Twitter and Facebook accounts. With Facebook, you can use Facebook Connect to get started in seconds. See the screenshot below, which explains how you can start rating on social networks using “Startag.”
The idea is cool, and if it gained enough users, Tengrade could be used all over the place to rate venues, restaurants, music festivals…anything. Social media is, and will continue to be, the most powerful platform that we have, and we highly recommend rating a few things on Tengrade to see what it’s all about.