Daisie

App review by
Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Social app for artists is solid idea; flawed feed, settings.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

It's straightforward to browse posts, but it's not always clear how to post different kinds of content.

Violence

Some contributions may contain violent images or language, but it's unusual.

Sex

Some posts are overtly sexual, including featuring nudity. 

Language

It depends on the post, but some submissions feature swearing and some disturbing imagery. 

Consumerism

The app promotes creating art and collaboration, and people have the opportunity to promote others paying for or contributing to their work.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No restrictions on submissions featuring drugs, alcohol, or smoking, and such images occasionally appear. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Daisie is a social networking app designed for connecting creative people by encouraging them to share their art on an Instagram-like profile and appear on a public timeline. Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams is one of the app's creators, and the app's claim to fame is that it's intended to promote collaboration and connection rather than finding followers. The app's developers promise future features to enable collaboration between users and live video "question time" sessions where notable artists and creatives discuss their work. Notably, all content is public on Daisie, and it's not possible to adjust privacy settings to limit who sees your posts or who can search for or interact with your account. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

DAISIE is a social networking app geared toward creative types. Its developers created the app to enable people to share photography, visual art, music, videos, and fashion design. Users create a public profile and can create "posts" that appear on their profile and on the public timeline for all users to view. Users can also create shared posts called "projects," where they can add other users as collaborators who can add content to a shared space and receive clear credit for their contributions. Future releases of the app will include live-streamed "Question Time" sessions where users can interact with prominent artists, and the app currently promotes in-person events (mainly in London) where artists can gather and discuss their craft. The app doesn't keep track of follower counts, but each post and project lists the number of times it's been viewed or liked (with fist bumps rather than hearts or thumbs-up) plus a comments section. Users can browse all users' posts on the app's main timeline, which can display all user entries or display one type of post (like music or fashion design) at a time.

Is it any good?

While it's admirable to promote open collaboration and sharing, it's a little unsettling to have so little control over who can see your content and who can interact with you. With better privacy settings in place, Daisie could be an even better way to help artists find each other, connect, and collaborate in a way that feels both empowering and rewarding. On a practical note, the timeline and projects may not be the best format for posting and sharing work. Some kinds of content aren't well suited to posting here: Still images work fine, but videos and music can be shared only as screenshots or links to other websites, and lengthy written posts are too long to display properly on the timeline. Some users might be frustrated that they have to leave the app to view content and then return to add a comment. In such a crowded social networking space, it's hard to compete -- even with a solid idea like Daisie -- if the featured content isn't accessible in the app. Overall, there's great appeal and potential for making new connections here, but look elsewhere for tools that offer more powerful ways to collaborate and control how your original work is shared. Perhaps as it evolves, Daisie will become a great place for artists to share and connect.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their family rules for social media, and Daisie in particular. What's OK to share? How can you protect yourself online, and how should you act online? Talk about what it means to be a good digital citizen.

  • Discuss the responsibilities and consequences of making your own creations public on social media sites, and of using and remixing other people's work as part of your own.

  • Encourage tweens and teens to view a variety of artists' works for inspiration and appreciation. Then give kids time to create, and encourage them to talk about how other artists' works inspired their own creations. 

App details

For kids who love social networking and creativity

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