After just a few months, some of my boards have grown pretty large. The new, less cluttered version of Pinterest helps me find what a need a little faster.
The activity feed, which details who likes and repins your pins along with other information, is in the process of moving to a drop-down menu on the right-hand side, clearing more space for the pins and their often beautiful photos. Its content is expanding as well. Notifications go back further in time than what users previously saw.
Filtering boards and pins by topic, such as ‘‘Art,’’ ‘'Food & Drink’’ and ‘‘Geek,’’ is now easier, too. Instead of one long list dropping down from the middle of your page, the categories fall from the upper left in three shorter columns. It’s a simple change that makes the list less daunting to read through. Meanwhile, all of the profile and account settings have been consolidated in a dropdown menu on the right.
A plethora of new information also pops up now when you take a close-up look at a pin. To the right of the pin is a mini version of the board it came from, which you can scroll through. There is a mini board showing other pins from the same website, so you can discover related recipes, for instance. Below all of that is a collection of pins from people who pinned the pin you’re looking at. It’s a way to discover material from like-minded people. It’s a lot of content on one page, but surprisingly manageable.
Pinterest has also boosted its search capabilities, so that when you start typing something in the search box located in the upper-left corner of the page, a list of suggested words appears below it. That’s helpful if you don’t know exactly how to spell something.
But some popular features have also been eliminated. Gone is the site’s ‘‘originally pinned by’’ feature, which showed which user was the first to pin a certain item. But Pinterest notes that many users have requested its return. I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. Based on user feedback, Pinterest has already brought back other features, including one that allows users who have just pinned something to look at related pins or go straight to their pin by clicking on its ‘‘see it now’’ button.
What makes Pinterest different from other social media services is that it’s not so much about posting your opinions or even letting your friends know about what’s going on in your life. Instead of creating new content, it’s about sharing and organizing what’s already out there, preferably content that’s attached to cool photos.
You get a beautiful visual experience and links to just about everything online right now.
If that’s something you’re interested in, you might want to give the new and improved version a shot. Just don’t spend too much time at the office looking at recipes for 1950s-style casseroles made with cream-of-whatever soup. It’s 2013, after all.
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You can also check out her largely casserole-free Pinterest boards at http://pinterest.com/bronxbree