Hot or Not was preceded by the rating sites, like Rate My Face, which was registered a year earlier in the summer of 1999, and Am IHot.com, which was registered in January 2000 by MIT freshman Daniel Roy.
Regardless, despite any head starts of its predecessors, Hot or Not quickly became the most popular.
The concept has also been integrated with a wide variety of dating and matchmaking systems.
In 2007 Because Im launched and deleted anyone with a rating below 7 after a voting audit or the first 50 votes (whichever is first).
I installed Hot or Not to get a better idea of what kind of people use the app, and what they expect from it.
Predictably, out of about 20 people I got messages from, 8 people were weird as hell.
The domain is currently owned by Hot Or Not Limited, Users would submit photographs of themselves to the site for the purpose of other users to rate said person's attractiveness on a scale of 1 - 10, with the cumulative average acting as the overall score for a given photograph.In 2005, as an example of using image morphing methods to study the effects of averageness, imaging researcher Pierre Tourigny created a composite of about 30 faces to find out the current standard of good looks on the Internet (as shown above).On the Hot or Not web site, people rate others' attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 10.Since Am IHot Or Not.com's launch, the concept has spawned many imitators.The concept always remained the same, but the subject matter varied greatly.To keep up with rising costs Hong and Young added a matchmaking component to their website called "Meet Me at Hot or Not", i.e. The matchmaking service has been especially successful and the site continues to generate most of its revenue through subscriptions.In the December 2006 issue of Time magazine, the founders of You Tube stated that they originally set out to make a version of Hot or Not with Video before developing their more inclusive site.Unlike projects like Face of Tomorrow, where the subjects are posed for the purpose, the portraits are blurry because the source images are of low resolution with differences in variables such as posture, hair styles and glasses, so that in this instance images could use only 36 control points for the morphs.A similar study was done with Miss Universe contestants, as shown in the averageness article, as well as one for age, as shown in youthfulness article.An average score based on hundreds or even thousands of individual ratings takes only a few days to emerge.To make this hot or not palette of morphed images, photos from the site were sorted by rank and used Squirlz Morph to create multi-morph composites from them.