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February 11 2014

Rosanne Cash Revisits Her Roots in 'A Feather's Not a Bird' Video
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Rosanne Cash's new album, The River and the Thread, references a series of visits she recently made to the Deep South, where she and her husband John Levanthal, who produced the album, explored her family's roots and the region's history.

Mashable spoke with Cash — daughter of Johnny — last week about how those visits formed the spine of the record

"We started to go down to the South more often to see my friend Natalie, who was teaching me how to sew, and we’d go to Memphis and then back to Arkansas," Cash said. "We took this trip down Highway 61, which is where all the pieces fell into place. Highway 61 was mythic. We went to the Tallahatchie Bridge. We went to Robert Johnson’s grave. We went to Money, Miss. Once we got away from it and started processing what we had seen and felt, we started writing songs." Read more...

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Of Course the Mall of America Has a Giant 5-Story Pinterest Board
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Caribou Coffee has created a five-story Pinterest board at the Mall of America in Minnesota. Why? In part, because it could.

The brand, which recently introduced the Pinterest-created Real Inspiration Blend, has launched the giant board to celebrate the release. Fans can get their photos on the interactive board by tagging their Instagram and Twitter photos with #CaribouInspires. In addition, the brand is hosting demos for cooking for your Valentine and spring make-up tips. The board will be up until Feb. 13.

The display dwarfs a 2012 life-size Pinterest board at a mall in La Jolla, Calif. Read more...

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February 10 2014

Target Taps Top Pinterest Influencers for Design Collaboration
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A few of Pinterest's most popular users have hit the bull's-eye

Target on Monday announced new design partnerships with some of Pinterest's top pinners, who will soon design exclusive party-planning collections for the retailer

The pinners, who are all top design bloggers as well as Pinterest influencers, will create collections that will then sell online and in Target's retail stores. "We're excited to see the launch of Target's new design collaboration," a Pinterest spokesperson wrote in a statement sent to Mashable. "Pinterest is a place where anyone can share the things they love and inspire others to go out and do things. Target's latest line designed by everyday pinners is proof of that." Read more...

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February 06 2014

You Can't Buy Pinterest Fame
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If you want to build your following on Pinterest, there's no easy shortcut.

That's the message Pinterest sent to users after the company updated its Acceptable Use Policy late last week. The subtle changes to the policy now condemn users who pay others to follow them or re-pin their images. In other words, users can't buy new followers or shares

"We recently updated our Acceptable Use Policy to simplify language and clarify our stance on a few things," a Pinterest spokesperson said in a statement given to Mashable. "We want Pinterest to be a place where people can be authentic and share the things that interest them most, so we now prohibit paying per Pin or follow." Read more...

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Behind Pinterest's Crackdown On Paid Pins: Stopping Visual Pollution

Pinterest is cracking down on users who get paid to "pin"—that is, for posting items on the visual social network. Weirdly, though, its new rules don't actually prevent people from getting paid for putting stuff up on Pinterest. Instead, they're mostly aimed at eliminating visual spam.

Late last week, Pinterest updated its acceptable-use policy with clearer guidelines about what users should and shouldn't pin. “To keep Pinterest feeling authentic, we’ve also added guidelines about not getting paid per follow or Pin,” Enid Hwang, Pinterest's community manager, wrote in a company blog post on Friday.  

Here's what the revised policy states (emphasis added):

We don’t allow schemes that buy and sell Pins or pay people per Pin, follow, etc. We know that some popular Pinners have relationships with approved affiliate networks or participate in paid social media campaigns, and that’s still okay, as long as they’re not being compensated for each action on Pinterest.

So if you're in a deal to earn $1 every time you pin a corporation's products, you're out of luck. But if you’re a highly influential blogger in a five-figure partnership with a brand, making money is A-OK. Here's more:

A business can pay someone to help them put together a board that represents their brand. For example, it’s okay for a guest blogger to curate a board for a local boutique’s profile. We don’t allow that boutique to pay the blogger to Pin products to her own boards.
A person can be given commission by an approved affiliate network. For example, it’s okay for a blogger to get paid when someone purchases a product that blogger has Pinned. However, we don’t allow the blogger to be paid just to Pin.

In other words, Pinterest isn’t trying to keep brands or bloggers from making money. It just doesn't want anyone paid for filling up its network with garbage images.

The Perils Of Visual Spam

With millions of users curating billions of images, Pinterest is less a social network and more of an organic visual search engine indexed by biological CPUs (i.e., users). 

The Web was built with text links in mind, but Pinterest is quickly bridging the constraints with new technology. Its recent acquisition  of Visual Graph, which identifies and organizes images by subject, underscores the company’s eagerness to improve search accuracy.

That’s where “paid to pin” images could potentially ruin everything. In such schemes—like one offered by the now offline BuyMorePins.com—users are paid each time they pin an image, no matter how often. It doesn’t even need to be a human pinner—spambots that repeatedly pin images for black hat hackers have been around since at least 2012. 

Apu Gupta, CEO of Curalate, a Visual Web analytics firm, says it’s easy to see how Pinterest’s search function could get tripped up by redundant images.  

“If you’re algorithmically trying to figure out 25 billion pins, and people start flooding the network with pins that have no meaning, your algorithm will go haywire,” he said. “It’s terrible for the long term health of the platform as well.”

By removing undesirable “paid to pin” programs, Pinterest strengthens legitimate advertisements. That’s because people are pinning pictures of things they truly like, not pictures that will earn them money. And when people are pinning what they like, it's easier for Pinterest to help them find more of the same, whether through search or ads.

“[Pinterest] will be a tremendous type of ad unit—truly based on your interests as a person,” Gupta said. “In a traditional demographic based ad, I might give you an ad for camping equipment because you’re 25 to 35 and male. But on Pinterest, I’d advertise it because you’re pinning a lot of camping equipment. I don’t care that you’re actually 55. I know you’ll be a buyer.”

The Blogger Connection 

A Pinterest spokesperson told me that bloggers who use Pinterest to make money haven’t had any issues with the new change. That might be because Pinterest actually reached out to several of these bloggers as it was revising its policy. 

One of them was Victoria Smith, the author behind popular lifestyle blog SF Girl By Bay. One of the first 100 people to adopt Pinterest, Smith has more than 500,000 followers. Smith told me that Pinterest’s Hwang called her and asked if she would review the new policy:

I thought they could place a little more of an emphasis on the phrasing to clarify that approved affiliate models are still allowed. That wording seemed like it could be possibly misconstrued by laymen like myself not familiar with legal jargon. I've never signed on for a "pay per pin" kind of program, but I could see that pinners who pinned with affiliate networks based on commission might think themselves to be breaking Pinterest policy if that detail wasn't clarified a bit better.

As it stands, Smith’s method of making money off via Pinterest currently lies in a gray area of acceptable use. Smith said her agency, Federated Media, sometimes asks her to pin images on behalf of clients to her boards, but “generally those are original images I have photographed or had photographed for a post.”

Pinterest’s wording makes it sound as if it doesn’t “allow that [company] to pay the blogger to Pin products to her own boards,” but it seems extremely unlikely that it would leave an early adopter like Smith high and dry. The company has already changed the wording of the policy at least once since it was announced Friday, and it’s pretty clear that Pinterest doesn't intend to disrupt existing partnerships.  

“The policies are aimed towards things like pin-buying scam sites that sell Pins and follows, rather than business relationships bloggers and brands may have,” a Pinterest spokesperson told me in an email. 

It’s clear that Pinterest is simply trying to keep its content authentic, not transactional. But when you’re weighing that against a billion dollar valuation, the company has to move carefully. So far, observers like Curalate's Gupta think it's doing a good job.

“I think one thing Pinterest does a good job of is that it tries to balance community interests with the realization that when you raise the money they’ve raised, you need to attract brands,” Gupta said. “In general, they’re erring on the side of the consumer’s experience first.”

Illustration by mkhmarketing

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January 29 2014

8 Incredible Museums Sharing on Pinterest
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Pinterest has a reputation as the social media channel for food and fashion, but there’s much more to the visual network. It’s a combination of eye candy and information, with businesses, educators and magazines now using Pinterest to complement their other online material.

One surprising industry that has jumped on the bandwagon is that of museums. Several of these venerable cultural institutions have proven themselves masters of Pinterest’s social media world. Museums of all kinds and sizes have created profiles, and they're finding creative ways to bring their programs to an online audience. Read more...

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January 25 2014

Facebook Ad Clicks Set Record in Q4 2013, But Concerns Linger
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It was another solid quarter for Facebook ads in Q4 of 2013, as the company recorded its best quarter ever in terms of overall engagement, according to new research from Adobe

Facebook saw record highs in areas such as total ad clicks and click-through rates last quarter, according to Adobe's Q4 2013 Social Intelligence Report, which analyzes ad clicks and referral traffic for most major social networks. The social network's click-through rates were up 365% over Q4 2012, and total ad-click volume more than doubled over the same time period last year

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January 23 2014

Is Pinterest With GIFs A Recipe For Tackiness?

Pinterest, the last bastion of good taste in social media, is opening the floodgates to animated GIFs. 

In the company's announcement, which already looks like a Buzzfeed listicle, Pinterest on Thursday demonstrated the wide range of wacky moving images now available to pinners, from dancing Beyoncé to a pixelated scene from Star Wars.

A Pinterest spokesperson told ReadWrite that while Pinterest has been testing the feature for a little while now, 100% of pinners will have GIF functionality on their desktops, and soon on mobile. The first Pinterest GIFs may have already arrived on your dashboard, in fact, but you won't notice until you press "play" on them—so no looping animations until you click. 

"Now when you Pin a GIF, a play and pause button will appear in the lower lefthand corner of the Pin itself," the spokesperson said. 

GIFs are a divisive issue among Internet folk, from where and when they should be used, to whether it’s a soft or hard “g” when you say it out loud. Perhaps this discord explains why Facebook still doesn’t support GIFs; for that matter, neither does Twitter. At last count, Pinterest was the third largest social network online, making it the largest one yet to support animated GIFs. 

But even though GIFs often take us back to a tacky, Geocities-esque landscape of dripping blood and revolving “Sign my guestbook!” demands, the modern GIF isn’t the lowbrow, old-fashioned holdover it sometimes seems to be. Design-conscious Pinterest was likely persuaded by the fact that some artists, like Greta Larkins of Fashion GIF, use animated GIFs as a preferred medium for their work.  

According to Andréa Lopez, a marketer and Pinterest expert, GIFs are far more controversial than they need to be. As she recently wrote in favor of Pinterest GIF support: 

What’s going on is everybody has PTSD about MySpace looking junky, and thinking it’s because of animated GIF support. It’s not. Staid classy-joints Pocket, Medium, and Storify all support animated GIFs just fine. Not to mention Tumblr. It’s not the GIF, it’s the creator. Some profiles look crazy no matter what. Some look beautiful no matter what. It’s up to the creator/curator.

Pinterest is full of curators. But it remains to be seen, when it comes to animated GIFs, whether they’re the classy or crazy kind. After all, Buzzfeed has a pretty solid Pinterest following.

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Pinterest: 'We Now Support GIFs in All Their Animated Glory'
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All Pinterest users can now play and pause GIFs within pinboards, a feature previously unavailable.

When users come across a GIF within Pinterest, it will now show a small "play" button in the lower lefthand corner where users can start and pause the GIF.

SEE ALSO: 25 Sad GIFs to Express the Depth of Your Despair

This is the same feature that Pinterest has been testing with select users, as reported earlier this week by Mashable. It will be available to all web users, including international users, beginning Thursday, according to a company spokesperson.

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Pinterest users are able to play and pause GIFs through the platform, a feature previously unavailable

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January 22 2014

Pinterest Is Changing The Way We Blog

More ways to search for recipes. Photo courtesy of Pinterest. More ways to search for recipes. Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

On Tuesday, Pinterest announced a new feature that lets users search food recipes by various specific filters, including food restrictions and dietary types. It’s a feature made possible by Pinterest’s earlier acquisition of Punchfork, a visual recipe discovery engine. 

Over the past few months and several other recent acquisitions, Pinterest has shown that its priorities lie less with creating a robust social network and more with building a strong visual search engine. Sometimes called “The Anti-Social Network,” Pinterest is less about connecting with all your friends, and more about collecting images that speak to you the most, and the strongest.

The way millions of users curate their favorite visuals on Pinterest is not unlike an enormous visual search engine indexed by people instead of machines. Through rich pins, which add useful text data to images, and the new Punchfork feature that can best be described as “rich search,” Pinterest is working on ways to unearth helpful data to browsing users.  

However, as Pinterest positions itself as the Web’s premier visual search engine, some inevitable side effects are beginning to surface. Mainly, the way Pinterest lets users search is changing the way people blog.

“A search engine optimizer walks into a bar, pub, tavern, saloon…” 

We still don’t know who coined the term Search Engine Optimization (SEO), but we do know that it changed text blogging forever. Beginning in the late ‘90s, SEO made website content less of a guessing game and more of a repetitive formula for getting to the top of Google.  

Even though Google keeps its indexing secrets close to prevent users from gaming the system, there’s no denying that we’ve figured out many of these SEO strategies by trial and error. We know Google will give priority to pages with multiple synonyms of the same concept, making this section title less of an unfunny joke and more of an unfunny reality for many corners of the Web. 

Now, Pinterest is discovering that visual search engines also need to stay one step ahead of human ingenuity. For example: At one time, Pinterest’s internal search engine was dependent on textual cues around the photo. If a user wanted to make any photo show up as the top Pinterest search result for “cat,” they’d just have to write “cat cat cat” in the description to cheat the system

Pinterests acquisitions like Punchfork, and another company called Visual Graph that identifies actual objects within images, are making it possible for Pinterest search to become less and less dependent on text. But that doesn’t mean that SEO wars are going to disappear; only that people are going to optimize their visual content to show up on top of Pinterest. 

Visual SEO is big business. Curalate is a company that exists primarily to help brands optimize their content on Pinterest. The marketing and analytics suite works with more than 300 brands, like Saks Fifth Avenue and Gap, and charges customers anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 for a month’s access to their analytical tools. 

As Pinterest grows up, Curalate has also shared general advice for getting your images to rise to the top. According to their infographic, warm toned images do better than cooler ones, and multicolored beats grayscale any day. Armed with Curalate’s analytics and Photoshop, it’s easy to beat the Pinterest competition and develop a popular pin. 

But now that Pinterest has introduced this first instance of “rich search,” it’s not just third parties that are telling users how to best perform in Pinterest's search engine. By making search more specific, Pinterest is already telling us the best ways to optimize.

Pinterest's latest feature encourages its users to search in a different way—by ingredients and cuisines, for example. It’s a signal that Pinterest wants discovery to work in a certain way, and hints as to what its internal search is looking for. 

In response to Pinterest's new search feature, food blogs are almost certainly going to start changing how they present their images. Expect images to include even more metadata than before, labeling food by its dietary restrictions or included ingredients, with the better-tagged images to be featured prominently on Pinterest. And as Pinterest provides more specific instances of “rich search” for different verticals (after all, they did it for rich pins), these options are going to change the way lifestyle, design, and art bloggers present images, too. 

Search engine optimization is inevitable, even on a visual search engine. But as long as Pinterest is making the rules of the game, at least it's going to be useful and pretty.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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January 21 2014

Pinterest Is Experimenting With GIFs
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You may soon be pinning GIFs alongside your favorite meals and workout photos

A new Pinterest feature available to select pinners allows them to play GIFs within the platform, a feature that was previously unavailable

After uploading a GIF to a pinboard, users can play or pause the GIF by clicking a small "play" button in the lower left-hand corner of the image. Previously, when users uploaded GIFs to Pinterest, they appeared as still images unless users followed the link back to the GIF's original source outside of the platform

A Pinterest spokesperson has confirmed that the company is testing out the new feature Read more...

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January 13 2014

Why We Heart It Could Be The Next Big Social Network
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For a taste of who uses the image-based social network We Heart It, look no further than Facebook

A simple Graph Search query for "People who work at We Heart It" returns hundreds of results, many of them young females with titles like "Boss," "Heartbreaker," and even "Chief Executive Officer," all claiming to work at the 2-year-old startup.

This list is not the actual staff roster from the San Francisco-based social network. In fact, We Heart It has only 18 employees. Instead, these are the platform's loyal users, and the counterfeit job titles somewhat baffle, but ultimately please, the startup's actual CEO, Ranah Edelin Read more...

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January 06 2014

Why Pinterest Needs To Upgrade Visual Search Stat

Pinterest isn’t a social network. It’s a visual search engine. And its latest purchase of Visual Graph further proves its growing self-awareness of this fact.

Millions use Pinterest to curate appealing images by designating them to specific categories called “pinboards.” But beneath the surface, our interaction with the service is not unlike an enormous visual search engine indexed by people instead of machines. It’s a ton of visual data, and Pinterest has only begun the process of figuring out how to surface it. 

Now, Pinterest is prioritizing a way to more easily manage this data—by hiring the two man team behind Visual Graph. Both ex-Googlers, their image-recognition and indexing technology is what makes Google’s reverse image search tick. 

Why Text Search Doesn’t Work For Pinterest

As a major player on the Visual Web, Pinterest couldn’t help but make enormous strides in visual search over the years, simply to remain functional.

Modern search engines have been developed to identify textual keywords, so the concept of search by image is a major paradigm shift. Even Google relies on adjacent text content in order to identify images (and reverse image search just matches like pixels). 

For awhile, Pinterest’s internal search engine was dependent on textual cues like alt text, words in the image link, and the user’s image description, to identify photos. However, this led to problems with spammers for Pinterest circa 2011 through 2012. If a user wanted to make any photo show up as the top search result for “cat,” they’d just have to write “cat cat cat” in the description to inadvertently—and sometimes intentionally—cheat the system. 

Not to mention, words with double meanings could be deceiving. While “food porn” has always been a popular topic on Pinterest, it’s against the rules to post actual porn. But for a time, Pinterest couldn’t tell the difference. In those days, it was up to a six-person anti-spam team in the engineering department to remove porn almost manually. 

When I talked to former engineering lead Jon Jenkins about image search last fall, he said Pinterest was beginning to read data directly off of images themselves. One example: Pinterest can now automatically determine and deliver an image’s dominant color while it loads. 

“We do feature analysis, which cuts an image into boxes and compares it. We can determine if it’s a closeup of another image on the site,” he said. “The more data you have, the easier it gets.”

Dominant colors and image matching are cute gimmicks, but they're no revolution in image identification. Acquiring the technology to go further is the next logical step. 

Visual Search For The Visual Web

Visual Graph founder Kevin Jing and colleague David Liu will be heading Pinterest’s new “visual discovery team,” according to a Pinterest spokesperson.

Output from Visual Graph's object detectors. Output from Visual Graph's object detectors.

Based on what Visual Graph has already accomplished, we can deduce that Pinterest is going to take its image-search technology light years forward with this acquisition. 

According to Jing and Liu, Visual Graph combines big data elements with detailed individual image analysis, or as their latest post says, “Our approach is to combine the state-of-the-art machine vision tools, such as object recognition (e.g. shoes, faces), with large-scale distributed search and machine learning infrastructures.”

The company has developed technology to identify objects depicted in images, including skirts, purses, and cars. Face recognition at Visual Graph, notes Jing, is on par with that at Facebook and Google. The end goal is to organize these images into graphs categorized by the objects they include. If this feature were applied to Pinterest, users could unearth pictures of clothing even if the original pinner didn’t post a description or a relevant link title. 

There’s no doubt Pinterest’s investors haven’t yet honed in on the benefits of a search engine that can identify pictures of cars, clothes, and handbags. If it became easier to search Pinterest by commodity, it could become more of a shopping destination than it already is, and perhaps even make good on its $3.8 billion valuation

Pinterest is already the Visual Web’s most notable search engine—just not a very good one. So far, it relies too much on textual and user created context. But this latest acquisition indicates Pinterest’s eagerness to change that. 

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Pinterest Acquires Image Recognition Startup VisualGraph
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Pinterest on Monday acquired VisualGraph, an image recognition and visual search technology startup from San Francisco.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Pinterest did acquire both VisualGraph's employees and technology. The two-man team behind the startup began working at Pinterest Monday, and VisualGraph CEO Kevin Jing will lead a new "visual discovery team," according to a Pinterest spokesperson

"Our mission at Pinterest is to help people discover the things they love and do these things in their real lives," a Pinterest spokesperson wrote in an email to Mashable. "We hope to build better image recognition technology that helps us understand what people are Pinning so we can help people find more things they love." Read more...

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December 30 2013

Study: 1/3 of Women in U.S. Use Pinterest
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Pinterest's popularity in the United States has surged in the last year, particularly among women, according to a new study.

The social bookmarking service is now used by more than one-fifth (21%) of American adults, up from 15% a year earlier, according to a survey of U.S. social networking habits from Pew Research. That puts Pinterest slightly ahead of Twitter and Instagram, though all three are well behind Facebook.

Pew's data suggests that Pinterest has experienced strong growth among women in particular. One-third of U.S. women now use Pinterest, up from 25% as reported in a similar study in February. Just 8% of men use Pinterest, though that's up from 5% previously Read more...

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December 24 2013

Take a Peek at Santa's Pinterest
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Pinterest is a great resource for the holidays. Recipes, gift ideas, decor — it's all there

While pinning a new cheese ball recipe to test out this year, we wondered what old Saint Nick would put on his own pinboard. Maybe he needs some new boots or something to help refresh his multi-language abilities. Or maybe just a lot of cookie recipes he'd like to see on Christmas Eve

We tapped into the holly jolliest parts of our brains and came up with what we think the big guy would include

>Santa's PinboardMashable Composite, Flickr, Creative Tools

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Astronaut Karen Nyberg Talks About Taking Pinterest to Space
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At its launch, Pinterest was immediately labeled as an inherently feminine social-media site in its method, largely, it seems, because its early user base — unlike a lot of other social media communities — was predominantly female. In fact, that’s the opposite of most other social-media communities. And it wasn’t because its captcha service asked “Are you male? (Don’t lie),” and then excluded all the men. Tech sites around the web wrote articles about how men found Pinterest confusing, how the site revealed that stereotypes of the feminine were founded in reality, and went out of their way to reassure men that Pinterest could be used for manly things. Read more...

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December 23 2013

The Trends That Ruled Pinterest In 2013

Editor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.

Pinterest, the web's fastest growing content-sharing platform, is home to some of the Internet's most stunning images and most clever hacks. The It Girl of social networking isn't just full of mason jars and wedding dresses—as the most repinned material from 2013 shows, Pinterest is a place to plan travel, learn about tech, find workout inspiration, and bookmark the cars of your dreams, too.

This year, Pinterest was also a place where users lent each other helping hands. Pinners offered their expertise on how to pack light and tie a tie, then a massive number of fellow pinfolk liked, commented, and saved those tutorials for themselves. Read on to discover what trends tickled Pinterest users' fancies in travel, decor, tech, and more, then let us know which pins were your year-end favorites.

Top Places And Travel Pins 

Quiet, serene locales dominated Pinterest's most viral travel and places pins. Escapist vacations are what pinners seem to be lusting after.

Top Tech Pins 

Pinterest users may be the most connected people on the planet. From accessories that accommodate their many mobile devices to household items with a tech twist, pinners coveted stuff that'll keep them connected 24/7.

Top Fitness Pins 

 

Video tutorials, workout plans, and de-stressing yoga sequences were how pinners planned to get healthy and fit in 2013.

Top Decor Pins

 

Unique, beautiful storage solutions caught the attention of this year's pinners. From bookshelves to kitchen organization, Pinterest's home owners elevated their cluttered spaces to a whole new level of design.

Top Women's Fashion Pins

Pinners are enamored with the modern-day, princessy vibe of tulle and elegant, flowing gowns. Tips on traveling attire and street style of casual weekend wear were also among the top fashion trends on Pinterest.

Top Food Pins 

Reinventing sides and entrées as bite-size apps in cupcake tins ruled Pinterest this year. Baked chicken casserole dishes and, obviously, bacon, were also big hits.

Top Men's Fashion Pins

Men (and the female pinners who dress them) favor formal workwear on Pinterest — and are especially interested in tutorials on how exactly that look is achieved. 

Top Auto Pins 

Sporty vintage machines ruled the Pinterest roads in 2013. Refurbished roadsters were among this year's top automotive pins.

 

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