Friday, November 21, 2014

Pinterest Goes to Pot

I continue to waste a ridiculous amount of time on Pinterest. I consider it a form of visual therapy. I also think of it as a scrapbook for people who shouldn't be allowed to have scissors or glue sticks. It's relaxing and fun, and I discover beautiful, interesting, or funny things every time I visit.

My main Pinterest page usually looks like this:


I have more than 16,000 pins (and that's not an outrageous number), neatly organized onto 52 labeled "boards" or categories — because there just isn't any way to do it sloppily. You have to put everything somewhere; you can't just make a big, messy pile and leave it lying around.... 

Actually, you can. You can add a million haphazard things to your "Likes" page. But those aren't really "pins," they're just "likes." You didn't commit to anything. And every single on of them is still going to be perfectly aligned in a grid, as the page above.

So imagine my consternation when I visited my Pinterest page tonight, and got this:

It looked like Pinterest had switched to using my own favorite organization technique: pile everything in a big stack and, when it starts tipping over a lot, transfer it to an attractive shopping bag you can put on the floor, or hide. This is the virtual version of a messy heap of stuff on my desk.

Pinterest reverted to its previous method a few minutes later. I'm also sticking with mine.

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