Site Pushes Anonymous Reviews of Coworkers

What if people could post anonymous reviews of your work on your social-networking account, and there was nothing you could do about it?

That’s the format used by a start-up called Unvarnished. According to the site, Unvarnished aims to help users “get the inside scoop on other business professionals, providing candid assessments of coworkers” and potential hires. The site, which was first reported on by TechCrunch, is in beta testing, and you must be invited to participate or see reviews.

Sites that allow anonymous and possibly damaging comments on individuals are not new. In fact, such comments are a staple of some of the more long-lived sites on the Internet. But combining the seedy underbelly of the Web with professional networking is an idea that sounds uncomfortable at best–and has raised concerns in the blogosphere. The New York Times (NYT) Bits blog said the site “creates a public bathroom wall for everyone on the planet–then hands its users a big, anonymous Sharpie pen.”

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