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Go Try It On
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Go Try It On is the mobile extension of the website of the same name, which blends fashion advice with social networking. Users can comment on and rate photos of each other by voting either "Wear It" or "Change It," or compare up to four photos side by side with "Which Should I Wear?" There are some obvious privacy concerns here; even though faces on photos can be blurred it's strictly optional, and the app uploads first name and last initial plus location along with each photo. Other people who are in the frame when the photo is taken risk having their image uploaded to the Internet without their consent. The ratio of female to male users is about 10:1.
Is it any good?
GO TRY IT ON is a fun concept for budding fashionistas who want to connect with other fashion-minded posters for feedback on outfits, clothing, and accessories. While apps like these have the potential to be mean-spirited, the comments we saw were overwhelmingly positive and even helpful; for example: "It (a shirt) looks a bit baggy on you. A belt or jacket with it will give you a nice curve." An app like this should be treated with care because of the privacy concerns associated with it, but Go Try It On does a better job than Fashism about putting filters in place. With supervision, kids starting at around 13 can have some fun with it.