I love it more than Facebook, and I visit Facebook every day.
I love it more than email. In fact I check my email about once a week, sometimes less.
I love it more than YouTube, and my kids use YouTube meditation and guided imagery to fall asleep, and I LOVE IT when they fall asleep.
|Don't get your panties in a wad, I also love it when they are awake.|
I joined Pinterest early on because it was something I was already doing. I loved looking for pictures that inspired me or calmed me or appealed to me intellectually or emotionally, and then putting them into groups on my computer.
Pinterest sped up the process tremendously, and helped me connect with people who have similar tastes and interests. I have met people through Pinterest who are now valuable friends.
I go to Pinterest when I panic, when I'm stressed, when I need ideas. I even started curating an account for my sister's fandoms and fantasy art store.
I have over 8000 followers by doing nothing whatsoever besides pinning things. I don't do anything special to get followers (though I did notice followers grew exponentially when I change my account name from my mere human name to The Blasphemous Homemaker). I break pin etiquette rules all the damn time. Don't like me power pinning 100 of your pins? Too fucking bad because I JUST DID so if you block me it's ALREADY TOO LATE. Sad that I won't follow you back? It's nothing personal, it's just that when I do that, I end up seeing a lot of my own pins again in my home feed. Don't like my pro-choice pins? I WILL NOW POST MORE PRO-CHOICE PINS.
|I will fucking increase the fucking thing|
If I lost all 8000 followers tomorrow I would STILL BE ON PINTEREST because Pinterest is my thing. MY THING.
And now Pinterest is fucking it all up.
It was annoying when they started showing the occasional promoted pin, but I accepted it because eventually all major websites realize they actually need money in order to live. Fine, you need monies. I can deal with that.
But NOW they are trying to recommend things to me. THINGS. And sometimes those things are wrong. Remember Lego Jesus in a bra riding on a unicorn? And sometimes those things are things I have already pinned, for G*d's sake. And tonight those things TOOK OVER MY ENTIRE FUCKING HOME FEED.
|Those yellow highlights represent pins picked for me. They also recommend frustration and sadness.|
I don't want to see the pins they picked for me. Sometimes I don't even want to see the pins from the boards I picked myself, but I can then go unfollow them and blame no one but myself.
I found a place on Pinterest where I could leave my feedback. This is the text:
Just now, the entire top three rows of my home feed were pins picked for me. Please stop this.
I have been on Pinterest for several years now and have over 8000 followers, and every board I choose to follow has been selected by me after reviewing the value of the pins on those boards. If a board only has one or two pins that appeal to me, I don't follow that board. If the person has values that offend me, I don't follow that person or their boards. If a board is not updated often, I don't care to follow it.
Pinterest is my favorite website, even more than my email or Facebook. It is my favorite because it is mine. Pins that are picked for me without me choosing them are not mine. I DO follow people, not just ideas, and this is starting to stress me out. I LITERALLY HAVE OCD AND ANXIETY, and instead of being the first place I go when I need to take a break or calm down, Pinterest is now becoming a SOURCE of anxiety.
PLEASE. I understand that you need advertisers so I understand there are going to be occasional promoted pins. However, I need you to stop picking pins for me and putting the boards I follow in some kind of hierarchy. I want the ones I chose, in chronological order.
Do you think it will make a difference? I admit it's a little weak and whiny but I'm tired and I just want to look at pins I like before going to bed, but instead I'm angrily typing out a blog post about how Pinterest is moving my cheese.