Wednesday, January 30, 2008

What's in Your Bag?

I've always loved those spreads in the magazines where celebrities share with us what they keep in their purses. It's kind of like taking a little peek into their lives, but it's also the very essence of Polyvore. What myriad things are co-existing in your own private purse universe (real or imagined)? What's there because you love it, or because you need it, or even because someone special gave it to you?



Oh, and the purses are always cute too :-) Check out all the "What's in Your Bag" groups on Polyvore.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Copyright Issues

First off, thanks to everyone for the spirited discussion concerning Etsy and Polyvore in the comments on our last post, even if it was a bit (ok, completely :-) off-topic. A forum would obviously be better for these kinds of discussions, but we understand that sometimes people just need to reach out however they can! Second, I'd like to offer our apologies for not officially responding sooner. We've been inundated with emails both from members of Polyvore and Etsy shop-owners, and we're responding to all of them as quickly as possible.

At Polyvore, we take copyright issues very seriously. Our goal is to be a place where both Polyvore set creators and the owners of the items in those sets will benefit from the community. It's in everyone's best interest for these items to link back to where they were found. First, it gives the owner proper credit and hopefully drives traffic back to their site. Second, in many cases it allows anyone to discover and buy these products.

For example, these Etsy earrings are the perfect accessory for this outfit:



Someone wondering what to wear with a dress like this can find inspiration from a set such as this one, and they can click on the green Etsy link to purchase those earrings. In a perfect world, that's how Polyvore should work.

In the case of Etsy, some product images have been imported that do not link directly back to the shop. When this happens, it can obviously be very upsetting. This is mainly a technology issue that we're currently trying to solve (see Pasha's explanation here). The best we can do now is to respond to requests from individual copyright owners as soon as we receive them.

In some other cases, Etsy artwork has been used in a way that the owner dislikes. Polyvore members create collages that can be very artistic in their own right, but we will always respect the rights of the original artists. Many Etsy folks are fired up about this, and we understand. These images are copyrighted by their respective owners and they have the right to request that their images be removed from Polyvore at any time. Any Etsy shop-owner can write an email to "copyright at polyvore dot com", and have their items removed from Polyvore if they so choose.

That aside, you should also be aware that many Etsy folks are quite happy to have their products featured on Polyvore, and have already been using Polyvore to promote their products. In response to the recent Etsy uproar, we've blocked importing products from Etsy and some Etsy members have been complaining in response.

So, what can we do now? Well, as good citizens of Polyvore, please be sure to import images from the page where they can be purchased - never download Jpeg or Gif files to be imported into Polyvore. Doing so makes it difficult for us to know where the image came from. And to the Etsy folks: we're very sorry for the situation and any ill feelings it has caused. We will be running an Etsy promotion on Polyvore once these issues are solved. However, please, don't take it out on our members - just send us an email! Our success depends on the happiness of our community, and as such, we'll do everything in our power to accomodate your requests.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Monday, January 21, 2008

Polyvore Groups

As many of you probably already know, we launched the Polyvore Groups feature a few weeks ago, and so far it's been incredibly successful. How successful? Well...

2,407 Groups Created
286 Groups created last week
57 Groups with 100+ members
244 Groups with 100+ sets
992 Members in the top group, "It's All In a Dress"

Here is a set from one of my personal favorite Groups, "*elegant and chic*":



But there are so many great groups on Polyvore. I've found that it's a good way to browse outfits by whatever theme you're interested in - whether you're looking For Love of Vintage, or something to wear on Vacation, or if you're trying to spot Celebrity Look-a-Likes, you're sure to find something you like.

What's new with Groups?
Last week we launched a feature that allows a group's creator to leave the group. This will free up your quota so you can create more groups. Right now the quota is 5 groups per member - we did this because we wanted you to create and take care of a few groups that you really care about. If you leave your group and you are the only member, your group will be deleted. If there are other members in that group, then the moderator position is up for grabs and the first member to click the "Become the moderator" link gets the job!

Our next task with Groups is to add more moderator functionality, so that Group creators have the ability to manage their members.

What do you think of Polyvore Groups? Let us know!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

One of my New Year's resolutions this year is to learn how to surf. But when I started doing some research about what it takes to be a surfer, I got a little intimidated! Push-ups, sit-ups, swimming, oh my...I have a lot of working out to do. So I went onto Polyvore and did a search for "workout" and found some great outfits to get me going, like this one:



Hey, if I'm going to have to sweat, I'm at least going to do it in style :-)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Recent Sets

As some of you may have noticed, we've recently changed the way the Recent Sets section works on our Explore page.

In the old system, as soon as you created or updated a set, it would show up on the Explore page. Many of you figured this out, and liked seeing your set on the Explore page so much, that you kept updating your sets, over and over again, and over again, and over again - to the point where it was pretty hard for anyone else to get onto the Explore page.

To fix this, and make Recent Sets a bit more representative, we've added some time in between the moment you create or edit your set, and the moment it actually shows up on the Explore page. So it won't show up right after you create or update your set, and, in fact, the more and more you update your set, the longer it will take for you to see it on the Explore page.

After we made this change, we started to get a lot of feedback, and some of you were not happy :-( Yikes! We're sorry! But in the end, we thought this would be a better way to make sure that the Recent Sets section won't get monopolized by update-crazy members. In the future, we want to enhance the Explore page so that different types of sets and members are featured - not just by just overall popularity or by recency, but perhaps for popularity within a certain theme, or a certain store, or maybe even within a certain color!

What would you like to see on the Explore page? Let us know...

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Welcome!

Welcome, everyone, to the official Polyvore blog.

Polyvore has been around for almost a year now and, with 100,000 members, it's definitely time we started talking to all of you! We're excited to get this up and running so we can share with you what we're doing with Polyvore, the things we're discovering within the community, as well as hear what you have to say.

Since this is our very first post, some introductions are probably in order. We'll go first :-)

The Polyvore team consists of Pasha Sadri, Jianing Hu, Guangwei Yuan and me, Sarah Cooper. Pasha, Jianing, and Guangwei are the co-founders of Polyvore, as well as it's engineers and designers. And me - I'm employee number one! I've been working at Polyvore for a few weeks now, but I've been a member of Polyvore for much longer. I'm probably going to be doing a little of everything, including answering your questions, responding to feedback, and running this blog.

I've been following the growth of Polyvore for a few months, both on the site and around the web. One amazing thing I've noticed is how many of you like to share your Polyvore sets on your own blogs. (You can embed any Polyvore set on any webpage - just click the "Embed" link in the right hand column of the set page).

Some of your blogs are focused on fashion but many of you are simply sharing whatever you want to. In any case, we absolutely love reading about your experience with Polyvore. One such blog is called The Polyvore Press. It's a fabulous online magazine that we recently discovered and it was launched by Polyvore's own CityGirl. The first issue is full of insights, advice and Polyvore goodness, so definitely check it out. Also check out the Polyvore Forums, where you can connect with other Polyvore fans.

Rachel Best also just wrote about Polyvore on her blog, in a post lovingly called Polyvore Amor. If you're new to Polyvore, check out her description of the site and the Editor, as well as her beautiful sets.

Have you written about Polyvore on your blog? Let us know...