I’ve posted several style boards on my blog + before I even started blogging I was making style-boards. It’s therapeutic and a wonderful creative outlet to share ideas and get a visual. The site that I’ve been using for the past 5-6 years [Polyvore] has been an outlet for this creativity. I use Photoshop for Moodboards [mostly] but everything else comes from Polyvore. Last Thursday I received this in an email …
What I see here is a classic case of “big” business pushing out the smaller guy + or was it … why did this happen you may ask + because SSENCE wanted Polyvore’s database of users. They wanted the information.
“Unless users choose to opt out, the online retailer will gain access to their usernames, email addresses and other data stored on Polyvore” [Source: Foot Wear News]
Now I’m not sure how these things work + did they just come in and push this company out + or did Polyvore think like most small businesses or “Mom + Pop” shops + that this would be a good fit + or was money the sole reason. Polyvore had a thriving community of content creators + people made connections [friends] and found that creating a simple board about fashion could ease depression + anxiety + and loneliness. Now you may be thinking ok … have you even looked at the SSENCE website. I have but I immediately opted out + because I didn’t want them having my information.
What I found when looking at the website was overpriced designer brands that most people can never afford + and if they could who would want it. There banner reads “Now Polyvore is SSENCE“ like that’s a good thing. SSENCE is a shopping website for designer brands. Polyvore was never about shopping + but the links provided when adding items would take you to the website if you wanted the item. Polyvore was for content creators and allowed you to pin images from shopping websites [like Pinterest] so you could choose the affordable option + and it wasn’t just for clothing but household + and miscellaneous items as well. I had so many boards [over 200] that I was able to download [after I made the request] but not with the names that I gave them + with a number. All of my drafts are gone + all of my curated list are gone + and all of my collections with no warning. I went to Polyvore on April 5th and kept getting redirected to another site. Then at the end of the day I received the email. It’s really disappointing because yes … I could create my boards with Photoshop + but I don’t want to have thousands of images on my hard drive.
I’m just so damn flustered. These companies claiming to make your experience better when all they’ve really done is made things more complicated. How about not taking down the website that we grew to enjoy and connect with. What it really boils down to is a username and email address. I gather that this is the way that small retail businesses feel when a Walmart opens down the street. I just can’t think strait … it will take some work to try to find another outlet for this + and I’m still looking around. Maybe I shouldn’t have let myself become dependent on this outlet + maybe I relied to heavily on it + but alas … you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.
This concludes my unusual rant/Sunday Chit-Chat session + and I know this goes over my two paragraphs + but I had to get this off my mind. Thank you so much for hanging with me on the blog on this Sunday. Don’t forget to “comment” + “like” + and “subscribe”. Have a fantastic + productive week friends.