The “Ugly Meter” app has been around for a while, but recently it has gotten a shot of renewed interest making it an overnight phenomenon all thanks to none other the shock jock and new ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge Howard Stern.
The app goes for $.99 for the regular version and $4.99 for the pro version. The apps developer, Dapper Gentleman, said they made $80,000 in a single day after being featured on the “Howard Stern Show.”
The app analyzes a picture of a face and rates it on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the ugliest. It also gives you a “your so ugly” joke after giving a rating on how ugly someone is. And according to the Daily Mail after being featured on the Stern show where the app’s co creator Joe Overline appeared and the app gave Stern character “Ronnie The Limo Driver” the worst rating ever on the meter, the app has been downloaded 5 million times and created a revenue of over $500,000.
The app has been the number 1 download in China for the last 3 weeks. And comes with a tag line in the App Store that says, ‘When your friends won’t tell you the truth, the Ugly Meter will’.
Now parents are worried that the app that was meant to be for fun, according to the developer’s, will be harmful to the confidence of younger children.
Mother of two, Samantha Miller says, “It’s tough enough being a kid – and now a phone can tell you how you look?”