Wow, I just saw the social network today. It is a brilliant film, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It got me thinking about the ascent of the natural hair movement, which was born out of digital (no figures to prove that, lol). I think blogs and natural hair videos and twitter feeds can co-exist, but I also think the social network-isation of natural hair is going to explode, if it has not already.
- The Long Hair Care Forum: I had a run in with this forum when a user uploaded a picture of hair I did and then linked back to the blog, and another user slagged me off. Vintage Charcoalies will remember that episode. I think this forum has been going on for ages, so I would count it as a hair social network, albeit not just for natural hair girls
- Naturally Curly: According to this press release, Naturally Curly is ‘the leading social network and community site for people with curly, wavy and kinky hair’. I think this is probably the best example of the most successful black hair network as it has 450,000 monthly users.
Would you join a social network to discuss hair? I suppose I am part of the old guard more. I love going on people’s blogs such as Kandeezie’s and looking at how she tends to her beautiful hair, or hearing about Memphiz‘ awesome posts on Charcoal Ink and furthermore reading other women’s hair blogs. I suppose I am biased to a certain extent because I have been blogging since ’06, but at the same time, I know that the community element of hair social networks is in many ways just like Facebook: addictive and amazing to be on when you are in the mood.
What do you think of hair social network and community forums? They work for the personal finance space well, but will users get bored and want to have their own platform such as a tumblr or a blog?