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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 | 68 Comments »

  • Felicia H

    Right! I keep getting messages that someone pinned my pin….. Who cares! Then I got a message that someone I don’t even know is “a match”. I don’t even know what that means???!!! They liked the same thing as me? I just don’t get it….. It feels like it’s all about popularity.

  • Felicia H

    Haha….. Probably started by the same women that started those dang home based-selling parties.

  • EatYourVeggies

    Now that reminds me of a friend who invited me to a Mary Kay “party” years ago…… ugh. lol

  • Adam Clark

    Pinterest SUCKS!!! it has ruined image searches. I cant find where an image comes from anymore. there is no information on the pics…. whats the point of pinning something for a future project etc when there is no included info? all it does is clog the web with duplicate pics. RUBBISH!!

  • Terry Lynn

    I finally did it and ended up here. I got so frustrated I googled “I FUCKING HATE PINTEREST”!!!! You guys are at the top of the list. I kinda expected a Change.org but this is good. What a fucking waste. Waste is all I can come to terms with when it comes to pinterest. Hell you can’t even pronounce it. Admit it.
    After the initial aggressive sign in, make account or the way easier “give us your facebook informations pleassssseeeeee” (hiss) I decided to give pinterest a run. I made the account and made a few albums. I did try. I did.
    I really would like to see search engines with the capacity to filter this kind of content until it is DEAD.
    The ironic thing is that google displays “pinterest” as a misspelled word. Go figure.

  • ELAINE WILLIAMS

    Oy….and I thought I was alone. I have fucking hated pinterest from the very beginning. What a stupid black rabbit hole it is when I am looking for something – particularly when I want to make a purchase. It leads to no where! It’s terrible and annoying. The only way to do a search is to put this. -site:pinterest.com in front of your google search. How annoying are they. Can we make them go away?

  • ELAINE WILLIAMS

    Not a fan of Twitter either –

  • ELAINE WILLIAMS

    I hate that too! Here is what you can do to somewhat eliminate that dreadful site. -site:pinterest.com (before you put your search name in.) Good luck. I HATE data mining.

  • ELAINE WILLIAMS

    when doing a search try this -site:pinterest.com that should cut down on the bullshit that pinterest is.

  • ELAINE WILLIAMS

    OMG! Yes! I hate it for the same reason. I have always hated it for that reason. Looking to make a purchase – I kept winding up on pinterest. Yes they are the shoe I want – but could never ever find where to buy them! Then when I finally did – they were no longer available.

  • ELAINE WILLIAMS

    Exactly why I hate it too! WTF!

  • ELAINE WILLIAMS

    I know . Creepy right.

  • mrooney

    Tx—I try to remember to do that now and it does help. For the longest time, I had to do it with eBay because that showed up all the times I did NOT want to buy something.

  • TheYetiRises

    Forgot I wrote this. I’m funny.

  • TheYetiRises

    Thanks mate, super helpful.

    Two second later update:
    Wow this works wonders I’ll tell ya hwat

  • Sean McCartin

    My problem? I’m not a pinterest user and I don’t intend to EVER become one, but the damn site keeps popping up in my search results more and more often. Honestly, the damn site’s a search trap, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re abusing SEO.

  • Billie N Charles Oates

    I hate it to so so So much. Everytime i go to look up something artsy, and i mean anything! I come across a unnecissarily complicated pintrest road block. I like to google crafty ideas through google images. And if im on a phone or computer that isnt mine ( im on my moms right now. This is her fb lol) i cant even use it without the app! Or worse, remembering my log in info o.o

    It just makes reserching anything crafty inconvenient. More than half the articles dont even work. They are out dated or are just plain inaccurate. Its just a garbage whole of a site with no filter, regulation and a mountain of requirements just to look at anything. I dont need a fb app to get on fb. Heck i dont even have to log in. What makes pintrest so exclusivly special? Its simply not a well maintained site. Its slow, unrelaiable, and 90% of the time, it just gets in the way of finding actual info.

  • /()43 |_|K19

    I haven’t even signed up and I fucking hate it just for the way it keeps coming up in all my google searches and I can’t grab the images. Google search needs “exclude pinterst” option.