Last November Google lifted the curtain on Boutiques.com, the result of the search giant’s $100 million acquisition of Like.com, to great fanfare. All of the right fashion bloggers had their own boutiques on the site, as did a number of celebrities who appear as inspirations on those blogs. The New York launch party was attended by an A-list style set including Carey Mulligan and the Olsen twins among others.
Less than 6 months later, traffic to the site dropped off by 94%. In January, Google AdPlanner estimated Boutiques.com had 2.6 million visitors per month; in April, the estimate was 170,000 visitors. Even worse, it seems that no one noticed.
Everyone uses Facebook, some people are still using MySpace, and Twitter has found more than its share of fashion followers. But even though MySpace has 580,000 fashion “friends” and Facebook counts 790,000 people in the US who are interested in fashion, chances are that most of those people aren’t there specifically to talk style. Here are a few places where they are.
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