Why Pinterest Kind of Sucks, And How it Could Improve

For most women, Pinterest is the Nutella of being online. Women go shit-balls crazy for Pinterest. But is it really that cool? Yeah it’s a surefire way to suck time out of your life, but is that enough? Here are some ways Pinterest could be improved:

Fix the Stupid “Pin This” Button

This button is seriously out of date. It doesn’t understand anything other than traditional pictures and many sites are not even compatible. For instance, anything with a gallery has a hard time. And where are the GIFs?  If I can’t “Pin All the Things!” I don’t want to pin any of the things. Don’t mess with my creative flow. Make a Google Chrome button for God’s sake.

According to Pinterest, Women Only Like Weddings, Food, Clothes and Home Furnishings

Wow, how did Pinterest become the strongest argument that women belong in a kitchen? Do we only dream of being housewives? This is unoriginality at its finest. Yes, pictures of delicious food are awesome, but I would love to see something that made us more than just robotic Stepford Wives.

Some Serious Mixing with Other Media

Okay, I can cut them some slack because it is somewhat new, but there has to be a way to integrate other kinds of media in there. How about a partnership with IMDB or Barnes and Noble that allowed Pinners to easily make boards about movies/books that changed their lives? And by books I don’t mean recipe books.

All this Time Means People Have Time to do Good

Hours are spent on this site, days, years. It would be great to connect all these happy users with real issues like poverty with government, or non-profits that are making a difference. Imagine a partnership with Kickstarter? That would be amazing. Of course, this idea means taking some of the romanticism out of the site, and perhaps less pretty pin boards.

Pinterest is Kind of Creepy

Want to guess one way to make your boyfriend lose his boner? Want to guess one way to make your girlfriend lose her metaphorical boner? Wedding boards. And ladies, if you are the type that complains you are “forever alone” – this is not helping your case. I don’t even want to date you and I am terrified.

Some Cool Stuff To Pin About:

  • Comic book characters
  • Favorite Harry Potter pics
  • Celebrities being boring
  • Politicians with Nose Hair (giant Pin Board)
  • People volunteering (get them the exposure they deserve)
  • Recipes that went horribly wrong (some of us don’t belong in a kitchen)
  • Angry old ladies rocking workout gear

I Know What You’re Thinking…

This article sounds a little angry and feminist-y. And yeah, it is. The bottom line is that Pinterest is a great platform with a lot of potential. It is going to be so great when users start getting really creative with their Board titles (“Politicians Everyone Loves to Hate”) and start posting interesting, eclectic content that leads to more than just viewing but storytelling and general life enrichment. Too much to ask?


Renee Mitson I love blogging and social media. I obsess over tech, interior design, memes, cycling, and ridiculous fashion trends. From Providence, moved to Boston, Toronto is next this fall! Twitter: @reneemitson

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22 Responses to “Why Pinterest Kind of Sucks, And How it Could Improve”

  1. Christine

    1. THANK YOU. I also do not want to be put back in the kitchen. 2. There is a Google Chrome add-on for pinning. It’s pretty awesome. You should download it. 3. I think that Pinterest is missing a huge market for music and videos. More media = more engagement and conversation.

  2. Renee Mitson

    Hey Christine! I noticed the Google add-on recently too! This article was written a while ago so I must have missed the boat a bit. I agree Pinterest is missing a huge market in so many ways. I mean hopefully there will be branding awards for creating the best “Starbucks” board that leads to a free coffee etc! C’mon corporations get creative!

  3. MGU

    I had a go at this a while ago as well: http://www.mariagilulldemolins.com/post/15669155708/pinterest-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly
    I find it really, really, worrying that women portray themselves as compulsive apron-wearers, fat-boosters, baby-crafters. I have found brilliant boards in there, but I have even “gotten in trouble” (have had pins deleted and nasty comments posted) for not following the mandatory glitter trail. When art is not OK but thinspiration is, the whole of womanhood is in trouble.

  4. Josh

    Nice call on this article. Now rally women to stop perpetuating demeaning stereotypes, because I notice that one pin on my girlfriend’s cheesy DIY board gets twenty times more repins in a week than anything from her nature pictures or travel boards.

    Also, real men don’t use Manteresting and Gentlemint.

    I just tried these sites because I’m a social media marketer with a paycheck coming.

  5. Renee Mitson

    MGU you are so right! That completely sums up my thoughts. Recently I have been on the hunt to find good Pinterest accounts with a wide audience and the best I could find regarding body types is http://pinterest.com/dream_it/ which talks about the different kinds of women and examples of how they are all beautiful. There is nothing wrong with women pinning about health and wellness, it’s only when it reinforces only one type of beauty that it becomes negative feeding ground. Couple that with all the pins about delicious treats and it is seriously no wonder women hate their bodies. At the moment Pinterest doesn’t seem to do any more for women than reading Cosmo magazine but since it is a (loose) form of citizen journalism we have an opportunity to change that. That means like Josh says, stop repinning crap and repin the things that matter.

  6. paula murakami

    Many thoughtful points in your article. After 4 months on Pinterest, I now use it mainly as storage for visual ideas I want to come back to. So, it is not really social media for me – probably for some of the reasons you discuss.

  7. Leila

    You can make boards about anything you want. What you see reflected on the popular boards is the average American red state housewife or college kid. If you try to avoid the general boards and stick to the cool ones you can follow, you won’t come across so many wedding or inspirational pics.

  8. Dani

    This article only shows me that you have no concept of what pinterest is for. If you want to share “pictures of politicians with nose hair” with your friends, get a tumblr. Pinterest is a creative and useful way to bookmark things… that’s why the vast majority of people are pinning housewear, clothing, recipes, etc… it means they are using it right! Feminism doesn’t preclude me from knowing how to best use the technology at my disposal.

  9. Danielle

    I don’t understand why it would bother you that “women” (obviously all women do this) only show interest in housewife type things. I am a feminist myself. To me that means I am free to make my own decisions, do what I please and not have to answer to a man. It doesn’t mean I can’t be interested in design, decorating, cooking, or making babies. There’s nothing wrong with being a housewife or enjoying the things that apparently only housewives enjoy.

  10. Samantha

    I find it totally boring. I mean the pictures are nice and sort of fun to look through. But I can do that with google pictures and more pictures on subject and with dependable links would come up.

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