There’s something of a trend for social apps that let people rate restaurants, bars, places and media at the moment, with Digg founder Kevin Rose’s recently-launched Oink the most high-profile this month. Now there’s another for the list: Stamped.

Launched by a group of former Google employees in New York, it ditches the idea of five-star ratings in favour of a simple system: users award their ‘stamp’ of approval to specific places and things – including music, books and films. They only get 100 stamps when signing up for the service, but can earn more if they’re active. Social features allow people to follow their friends and suggested experts, and there is potential for recommendations in the future, as Stamped learns about each user’s preferences.

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