I’ve had an account with Pinterest for several months now. Having posted - or, rather, ‘pinned’ - a couple of items after initially signing up, I haven’t used it since.
That said, barely a day seems to go past when I don’t get at least one email telling me that I have a new follower on Pinterest. Interestingly, nine times out of ten that follower is female.
After getting yet another new follower notification this morning, I decided to actually login to Pinterest and scroll through everything my Pinterest friends are
posting pinning. It is row after row after row of posts/pins (agghh, I give up!) by my female friends. I didn’t come across a single post by any guy friends. I do have several guy friends who I’m connected to on Pinterest, but none of them seem to be posting anything or are in anyway engaged.
So, is it safe to say Pinterest is the social network for girls? Or are we guys just slow to catch on?
I will say that I really don’t get Pinterest. Well, I understand why it is such a hit with women. I can see why my female friends would love it and use it so much. But I don’t get it for me. I just don’t see it as something I can ever see myself getting into.
Or am I missing something?
My friend Rhiannon, a Pinterest user, shared her perspective with me that I thought was worth adding here:
I don’t really see Pinterest as a social network. I do follow some of my friends but after a while I stopped following a lot of them because, while I love them very much as people, they were cluttering up my beautiful Pinterest page with girly crap (yes they were all female, I’ve yet to see a pin from a male friend). So now I mainly follow people I’ve found on there who post interesting things or have similar taste to me. I think the ‘social’ side of Pinterest is an interesting add-on, but really not its main function nor what it is really excellent for; ie a place where you can easily and neatly collate and reference interesting stuff you have found on the web as well as an excellent and eclectic source inspiration from like-minded others.
Hmmm. I’ve been playing around with the Facebook privacy settings. In short, they’re broken. (This isn’t an observation about whether they’re appropriate or good, it is purely about functionality.)
I use various apps that are connected to Facebook which post on my behalf. For example, I take photos on the Camera+ app on my iPhone and that app can then post photos to my albums and wall.
Anyway, I went to the app settings and set most of them to post to friends only and a couple to post publicly. But here’s the problem: they don’t do what you tell them to. My Camera+ app is set to post to friends only, but it has been posting publicly.
It seems that the apps don’t operate independently of the master privacy setting. So, if the master setting is to post to public by default (which I’m sure I’ve switched to friends only at least two times now…hmmm), then that overrides the individual settings on the apps.
So it appears that there is no customisation working at the moment. Which is feeble. Let’s hope they fix this soon.
I tried it the other way around too. I set my master setting to friends only (again) and then posted a link via the Reeder app on my iPhone which I set up to post publicly. The result? It only posted to friends.
Rubbish. I’m sorry Facebook, but in matters of privacy, you just can’t have bugs like this.
Facebook are in the process of rolling out another new redesign to its site. My first thought is that it feels very cluttered.
My eyes are being drawn to too many places at the same time. Should I look at the new ‘ticker’, the ‘recent stories’, the ‘from earlier today’ posts, the ‘people to subscribe to’ suggestions, the sponsored links, the birthday and events notifications, or the list of people online?
It feels like too much.
On a related note, I also still think that the font size is too small for the core Facebook text.
I actually think that Google+ has got a much better design than Facebook. The layout and font sizing is much more pleasing on the eye and doesn’t have the same clutter issues that Facebook is struggling with.
It seems that Facebook are copying a lot of Google+ features, maybe someone could suggest they start copying some of the look and feel too.
I’ve been using Google+ for about two weeks now and have now formed few more established thoughts about it.
Those of you who know me or have added me to your circles will know that I have been very positive about it. I like it, I really do. I think it brings together the best of the worlds of both Twitter and Facebook: I can share privately to family and friends, but I can also share publicly to anyone who chooses to follow me (and anything else in between depending on the circles I create and share with).
So I do genuinely feel that Google+ has a real shot at success as a major player in the social networking scene. I don’t expect it to wipe out Twitter or Facebook any time soon - but I do think it will make some serious inroads.
That said, I still think that a lot of people will struggle to see a compelling reason to transition to or even setup a Google+ profile. There are two types of people in the world: those who love meeting new people, and those who are happy with the friends and family they already have.
If you’re on Facebook happily sharing with your established family and friends, why would you move to Google+ to do the same thing (in a slightly different way) with the very same people?
This is why - initially at least - I think it will be people from Twitter who transition to Google+ much more naturally than your average, non Twitter using Facebook user.
People on Twitter are used to meeting new people and following people they don’t know. Facebook users only connect with people they know. And there will be a lot of Facebook users trying out Google+, seeing hardly anyone they know there (yet), and not knowing what to do. That is a big hurdle that Google+ has to overcome.
I do think the future is bright for Google+, and it is already taking off faster than any other social network in history. But for people who are only interested in connecting with people they already know, the barriers to entry are very high.