Recently Pinterest announced it was making some changes. Users have the opportunity to preview the new look, so I did!
Here’s how Pinterest is describing the changes. It all seems wonderful to read, right? It sounds just Pintastic! Now, keep in mind that I consider myself a pinning newbie at this point, so I can imagine what the Pinterest Power Users are saying. My overall impression is that the whole concept of building a community is gone and any hope of interaction with others is disappearing. Here’s what I mean.
New Pinterest: The first thing I noticed is that when you repin something, you no longer get that wonderful suggestion of who else repinned that same pin. There is now no option to “follow” a person you might not be connected with. Personally, I LOVED that little pop-up — it was how I was able to connect with so many people who had similar interests!
Now on “Old Pinterest,” you see, right there, that little “follow” button is such an easy way to continue to connect with others who have the same interests as you that you might never have found. I don’t know if Pinterest plans to bring this back with the new version. I sure hope so. At the same time, though, you CAN see who repinned it from the home page. But it’s just not as convenient as a quick follow from your repin confirmation.
The other thing I’ve noticed is that on the home page you no longer have suggestions for friends to connect with either as you once did on the left rail. Here is the view on the new version:
On the older version of Pinterest, there it was, new names greeting you each time you signed on, just calling for you to make more friends, expand your horizons, and grow your community! And you could see your friends’ activity, but apparently this is going away too. I’ll call this a Pinfail.
And last but not least
In terms of ease of use, the new Pinterest doesn’t have the easy “add” button conveniently located at the top to create a pin quickly. I hope this is coming back too!
And one more thing. In the old Pinterest, when you were pinning something to a board, you had the option to tweet it out to Twitter at the same time. That option seems to be gone, and simply put, that’s just a shame.
Right now you have the opportunity to go back and forth between the new and old versions, but all good things come to an end at some point. I hope these are the “tweaks” that Pinterest refers to in the message you get when you choose to go back to the old version. If it was up to me, I’d be sticking with the old. But I’m not one who likes change!
What’s on your Pinning Wish List? MAYBE Pinterest will listen to us. You can see other users suggestions in the link to the article above. What other changes have YOU found in the new Pinterest?