First of all, I’m not a tech blog so don’t except a whole lot of techy talk about the new Pinterest format here. I’m just a a really big fan — for business and for pleasure — so I wanted to talk about the new Pinterest changes coming in the next few weeks.
I cringed a little when I saw the notification about upgrading to the new format. Ugh…First Facebook and now my beloved Pinterest. I am not a huge fan of change. Change takes time to re-learn things. Yes, I know…change is good. The new format is expected to roll out in the coming weeks. Pinterest CEO, Ben Silbermann, says “the users profile pages of social network will gain a new face” adding that this will “make interactivity in Pinterest even easier.”
These are a few things I immediately noticed when I finally decided to upgrade to the new format:
1. Bigger photographs with more visual information of where it was pinned to. This is a win in my book.
2. Are we just pinning now? Not re-pinning? I swear the options were “Re-Pin” and “Like” before — am I wrong?
3. No more Activity button. Boo! This missing feature bums me out the most because if I don’t see your pins in my stream, I would click onto your profile to see what things you’ve been pinning. Pfft…no more Pinterest stalking, I guess. That’s my friend Ashley below — you can follow her at http://pinterest.com/itsafitting/
4. Uploading pins directly to boards. I think this function was available before but it was difficult to find. You ask “why would I upload pins to a board?” This allows the pinner to upload a photograph or graphic that might not be included in the blog post. All you would do is add the specific URL. Smart. This allows more pins for one URL but different images! You won’t oversaturate your followers’ stream with the same image if it’s pinned to several different boards.
And now a shameless plug to follow Pin This Space. This is a collaborative board I contribute to. Great and diverse bloggers pin fantastic stuff here.
Now that I’ve updated my Pinterest account to the new format, I should really get over there and clean up my pins. This includes outdated pins (like that outfit I thought was really cute two years ago), checking links, updating my board covers, and reorganizing my boards so that they are follower friendly.
Why don’t you click on over to my Pinterest and check out what I’ve changed. Follow me while you’re at it, ok?
Got a collaborative Pinterest board you think I should be a part of? Invite me!
Note: I wrote this post after I changed to the new format. The changes reflected are based off memory — and I have a terrible one. So don’t go too hard on me if I’ve made an error.