This post is another in response to an assignment from MWSU.
In this post I am going to compare and contrast several Firefly fan sites.
The first site is called Fireflyfans.
This site is overall clean.
The main purpose of this site appears to be to gives fans a place to gather as well as to give them a place to show of artwork and their blogs and social media that refer to the show.
The only branding they really use is not specific to the site itself but more so adoption of the shows branding.
They use a three-column layout and overall the content is navigable and pretty user friendly.
On a scale of 1-5 with 1 being terrible and 5 being fan-fucking-tastic I would the sites content around a 3.5.
There is no real advertisement on this site.
The second site that I looked at is called Browncoats.
This site is incredibly plain and only uses a modified one-column layout.
They purpose of this site seems to be purely informational. It provides a kind of database for Firefly fans.
This site has no brand identity at all.
There are no advertisements on this site.
This site is not the most user friendly site you will ever go to.
I would give this site an overall rating of about 2.
The third site that I looked at is called Still Flying.
This site has a very odd all left-aligned single column layout design.
This site also appears to be a straight forward database.
There doesn’t really appear to be any attempt to provide a place for fans to gather or anything like that.
This site does seem to have somewhat of a brand but doesn’t seem to try and target any audience other than just the fans of the show.
This site is pretty navigable but not really informative.
There is no advertising on this site.
I would give this site a score of 2.
All of these sites do fulfill there purpose, but for the most part they tend to come of as pretty clunky.
I think with minimal effort they could come up with smoother functioning and polished sites.
I think that for fan sites like these, a message board or place where fans can display their fan art and fan videos as well as come together as a community.