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I Fucking Hate Pinterest

6 Mar, 2012

OK, I said it, I fucking hate Pinterest.

I know it’s all the rage and it’s growing like a weed, but what is the point? How many photos of adorable babies in adorable outfits, women contorting themselves into artistic yoga poses, Pottery Barn living rooms, inspirational quotes crafted in gorgeous typography, and food porn do we really need, after all? Apparently, a lot.

Pinterest Growth Chart

I get it. I’m not really the target demographic for Pinterest. I don’t have a vagina. But that’s not the main reason that Pinterest gets under my skin. I created an account a while ago to give it a try. I thought that maybe it could be a replacement for the lackluster Delicious as a bookmarking site. Notsomuch…

Then the emails start. Every girl I ever went to high school with whose Facebook friend request I mistakenly accepted (and have since unsubscribed to) is now following me on Pinterest. Yay, Facebook connect! Their pictures of high heeled boots, impeccably decorated spacious lofts, and blueberry scones start showing up all over the place. Many of them seem to be using it to plan their dream weddings (both real and imaginary).

But that’s not the only reason why Pinterest has become the focus of my disdain. Every time I’ve tried to use the browser bookmarklet to “Pin” something, it doesn’t work. The site hangs. It won’t load. I have to re-log in again and again. Duplicates are posted that I’m unable to delete because, again, the site is hanging. I know they’re dealing with massive growth, but it negatively impacts the user experience.

So, I’ve said my peace. Pinterest, I think I speak for a lot of people (men in particular) when I say that I’m not a fan. Fortunately, the next big thing is scheduled to come along any minute now…

Update More reasons to dislike Pinterest: PINTEREST, WE HAVE A PROBLEM

Posted in Social Media, User Experience | 4 Comments »

  • http://twitter.com/SpaceMonkeyX Rob Lammle

    I do hate that I have to login all the time.  That’s annoying.  But I don’t have the same problems with bookmarklet.  My only problem with it is that it feels slow, which makes me not want to use it. 

    As for the content – as everyone says about every social site – it is what you make of it.  Why Follow on Pinterest the people you’ve unsubscribed from on Facebook if they’re not offering you anything of value?  Or why not follow the one board they might have that you’re interested in?  Nothing says you have to follow their wedding, recipes, storage solutions, or dream vacation Boards.  But you might like the one they have for music, so just follow that one. Of course there’s always the option of not following them on Pinterest at all.  

    I mainly follow Boards, rather than people, so I really only see things I’m interested in.  Naturally that’s going to make the experience more enjoyable for me.  I’ve found some really interesting boards that are not the typical “girly” ones out there, but my interests just might be different from yours, of course.  So maybe you’re just not finding good matches for what you’re interested in.  If that’s the case, then, yeah, the site’s just not for you.   

    That being said, I’d never call it the greatest site ever.  I go there a couple times a week (give or take) and have been pinning less and less lately; it’s just not a destination for me yet.  Then again, that’s been my general experience with all social media as of late, so maybe I’m just experiencing overall social media fatigue.  

  • http://www.adjustafresh.com/ Scott Kiekbusch

    OK, I admit that my post was a bit over-the-top. (It was late. I’m trying to blog more often). You’re right, Rob, any social site is what you make of it; I wasn’t a fan of Twitter for a long time either. That being said, I find Pinterest hard to use. It’s kind of like flipping through a never-ending magazine to look at the photos which is something I don’t often have time for. 

  • Gen Walsh

    You really shouldn’t let it bother you so much.

  • Zac

    I agree Fuck That Shit!