I don’t really consider Pinterest to be a very social platform. I know that you can see what your friends like on a daily basis, have other people like posts you’ve liked, and sometimes they can message you privately, too. But with the multitude of other platforms for messaging and sharing, I almost view Pinterest as my online alone time.
Once upon a long time ago, you could follow links to things on Google that did not plop you in to some Pinterest board which then would link you to somebody’s blog. Now, however, I dare you to Google “space cupcakes” and see how many of them are directly linked with Pinterest.
Plus what’s the point of sharing every decorating, yoga inspired, food craving curiosity you have, anyways? I began to take screen shots of things instead of liking them, but Pinterest didn’t like that very much so they added a feature that created a new board for screen shots. Now, I screen shot from the main page only, where I’ll have to remember what item I was looking at cateloging for a party idea instead of pinning it.
Do people really interact much on Pinterest? Are there Pinterest “stars” or some other reward system that gives users incentive to be interacted with in high volume? I still don’t know those answers and haven’t looked in to them because like I’ve said, I want Pinterest to be my “leave me alone” online time. I don’t care if my friends like some camping chair, it doesn’t influence our friendship, and no I do not want that chair, too. I won’t decorate my house like yours, or make that awesome teddy bear quilt that you want to make, I don’t know how to sew, but I sure can knit! I also don’t want to see that someone I never talk to liked 16 things and added them to her furniture boards…if I could turn those features off, I would.