Expanding upon our initial proposal, we have began to explore each of the interactive fashion apps. We divided the four apps among the four of us in order to allow for each of us to conduct further research. Elizabeth is researching “Go Try It On”, Natalie is researching “Trimirror”, Jessica is researching “Opinionaided” and I am researching “Glamour Ask a Stylist.”
After spending the weekend interacting with these different applications and sites, we found that the most interesting part of this new media was the type of community they fostered. None of us ever came across any negativity on the site. People were helpful and supportive—they really wanted to see those how posted outfits, questions, etc. do well. This sort of “Good Samaritan” community seems to different from the rest of the internet.
By interacting with different users, we tried to determine how the sites are monitored, and if maybe the administrators are just deleting all nasty comments. On Opinionaided, the comments come up as “pending” before officially posting to the site, but still are published within a minute or so. This led us to think it was just the traffic of the site, not someone monitoring comments that delayed responses. As for Glamour Ask A Stylist, unlike some of the other apps where feedback is from users like you or me, this app’s responses are from professional stylists, so the comments are most likely going to be positive and constructive since ultimately they are representing Glamour magazine. The other two sites don’t seem to have any kind of monitoring process at all, and as they are communities mostly made up of young females seeking fashion advice, we were surprised to see such positivity. In fact, On Tri Mirror, people have personal profiles on the website where they can share personal details about themselves and collect friends on the Tri Mirror network.
Going forward, we plan to each focus our attention on one of the three sites. We’ll be monitoring how users interact and what sorts of communities exist within the sites. We’ll also be posting on all three sites to see how users respond. Opinionated has already proven to be quite a chatty community and Go Try It On brings quick, supportive responses. We want to test the limits with what we are able to post and how we can act within these communities. They all are still relatively small (in terms of internet communities) so we want to see how tightly knit they are and how they differ from large advice chat rooms. Additionally, to further expand our travelogue we are going to post the same picture on all four sites and analyze details such as the feedback, length of time for responses, levels of criticism and filtering.
- Danielle, Elizabeth, Natalie & Jessica