^That was a teaser. Now I need to complain, and then more images.
Does anyone else hate the new Pinterest changes as much as I do? In case you are not aware, they give you not one, but TWO popups every time you pin now.
First, when you go to pin something (from Pinterest, i.e., a repin of someone else’s pin), you get this lovely popup:
I used to get an inconspicuous list of my boards to pin to, but now, holy mother of popups.
And it’s slow as molasses, which is what bothers me the most. It takes forever to load – a few seconds, which IS forever in internet terms, and that’s only part of the new process.
After you pin, you get ANOTHER popup telling you that you just pinned it. Well, duh. Didn’t I just have to go through a really annoying popup in order to pin it? Tell me something I don’t already know. Geesh.
This is the second popup:
And this one is slow, too. And you have to click to the side of it to get out of it, or “see it now” to go see the pin that you just pinned. Um, I already saw it, which is why I pinned it.
What are you thinking Pinterest? This could not be more annoying, slow, or frustrating if you tried. Please go back to the old way. (Just as an aside, Pinterest also does this weird thing with their url where on some pages, you have to delete the www so you use “http://pinterst.com” to get a working link. It’s totally unnecessary – no one else does this without a redirect – and annoying and frustrating for those who don’t know to do it).
In general, Pinterest has made some very questionable calls lately, in my opinion. Besides the annoyances they intentionally added to pinning, they are trying to switch over to a sales platform, where they will sell every product that people pin. If they do it successfully, they’ll be the first social network to do so.
But here’s the problem. They are taking user content and monetizing it, while not letting users monetize it. It’s the exact same thing as if Facebook took your photos, saw a pair of shoes in them, and linked them out to the store and then got a percentage if people bought them. Whether the owner of the Facebook profile who posted it (or the Pinterest user) should be able to do this is one thing. But it just feels really really icky and greedy for the platform (Pinterest) to do it. If Pinterest wants to sell on Pinterest, shouldn’t they have to upload their own pins like everyone else and not use mine or yours? Maybe I’m wrong – tell me if I am.
Ok, you know I won’t leave you without eye candy!!