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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 | 55 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.