1. What does hooteehoo mean?
"Hooteehoo!!" (also spelled hootiehoo) is a way of acknowledging the presence of another attractive human being. We thought it was an appropriate name for a site that focuses on the perceived image of others.
2. What is the point of hooteehoo.com?
We like to play games. We also like statistics. We thought this website would be a fun way to measure the perceptions others form from static images and that maybe we can learn something about people.
3. Why photos of faces?
Faces have greater ability to convey information than most other indicators in the human environment. They can convey gender, race, mood, and personality traits.
4. Why would someone upload an image?
As many anonymous raters evaluate your image, the data that emerge can represent a “first impression” of someone you meet on the street or an instant reaction to a snapshot in time.
5. Why guess four categories (age, attractiveness, smart and fun)?
There are websites dedicated to just attractiveness or just age. We recognize that there is more to a person than just how hot s/he is and tried to include important traits that will appeal to a broad audience.
6. Why age?
People use context and appearance to assign an age to a stranger. Age is important for setting social ranking and expectations of others, and knowing your “perceived/relative” age gives you greater control to influence others’ assumptions.
7. Why fun, attractive and smart?
We feel they are universally desired and appeal to people of all demographics. We are working to create a way where you can ask users your own specific question (e.g, Do glasses make me look smart or too nerdy?).
8. What are the benefits for a user of the site?
Fun! Also, as we age, we are less able to interpret contextual clues. When you compare your guess to the true age of a stranger in a picture, it will make you more accurate at guessing ages! It is beyond the scope of this site to determine whether this prevents cognitive decline ;).
Our aim is to tell you how other users perceive you based on your pictures, and at the same time provide you with a fun, interactive experience. For every picture you upload on your profile, we will give you an up-to-date graph showing:
- The average age as voted on by all the users.
- The number of users that have voted on each picture and their individual guesses.
- Note: We soon hope to provide you with the demographics of each guesser.
- The first impression others have of you; whether people think you look more smart, attractive, and fun than average.