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Dear Pinterest, I think it’s time to break up…

3 Apr

We started off so well. I was exactly the kind of person you were looking for and vice versa. I loved being able to save any image from the web or my computer and since then I’ve amassed quite a volume of research, but that’s the problem. It’s MY research and I’m completely dependent on your platform. At first we were quite the happy little community of individuals pinning away and sharing ideas. Then a feature called “suggested pins” was introduced and I admit, it was a little weird seeing pins from people I didn’t choose to follow, but for the most part they were related to what I normally pin anyway so I got used to it. However, things have taken a nosedive and I no longer feel like I’m part of a community. The ethos of Pinterest is no longer about sharing information between like-minded individuals but has turned into just another platform for marketers. I was a bit peeved when ads started showing up masquerading as “pins” showing the latest skinny models in spandex athletic wear, something I have never pinned in my 3 years on this site, but the final straw is the click-bait ads showing wrinkled faces touting some “miracle product” that only “celebrities know about”.

You didn’t have to go this route. If you needed money to survive, I would have gladly paid a yearly fee akin to Evernote to keep things more personal. Maybe then I would have felt like I had more say in the direction you ended up going. You had the potential to be more than just pretty pictures; you could have been an even better resource for researchers but I guess it’s true that “money talks” and you just couldn’t resist.

So here I am: 3 years, 107 boards, 7,000+ pins, and 1,000+ followers later. The magic is gone and I no longer trust you with my data. Don’t take it personally (actually, please do), but I’m seeing other websites/applications. I’ve already saved all my data as a html file using Pinback and am trying out Dropmark because it allowed me to upload all that data I’ve been dependent on you to keep safe. While it doesn’t quite have the social media aspect to it, I can add tags to better find things in the future. Also, when I sent an email to them, I got a response within 15 minutes.

I think this could be the start of something beautiful…

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In case anyone is interested, here’s my profile so far:

http://erin13mc.dropmark.com/

While I haven’t fully explored everything, you can subscribe to people via RSS feeds, comment on other people’s “pins” and other things. Check out their blog for more info: http://www.dropmark.com/blog/ They seem very receptive to suggestions as well, so it has the potential to have even more things added in the future.