Pinterest Throws Down the Gauntlet on Hiring Women and People of Color By Setting Numbers for Their Goals
Lots of tech companies talk a big game about wanting to hire more women and more underrepresented minorities, but fewer report how exactly they're going to accomplish it, or even what their actual number goals are. Well, Pinterest has stepped up to the plate and announced exactly how many women and people of color they want to join their ranks by next year.Read More
Shhh, LinkedIn. No one cares 'bout your $80K plus.
If your dash is at all similar to mine, you'd have no reason to suspect that Tumblr's user base is particularly privileged, financially speaking—but then again, it's difficult to gauge a community's wealth from its knack for curating cat videos and pizza tattoos.Read More
State your demands.
$14. From Fashionably Geek. You know what to do.Read More
hold on to your butts
What if your Pinterest board already had a bunch of butts?
No. Your Pinterest friends didn't all just suddenly decide they're really into butts. The site was hacked, and the result appears to be a bunch of spam about weight loss and butts. Or maybe your friends just like butts now. Go ahead and ask them. Thanks to groundbreaking legal case Becky v. Mix-a-Lot, they cannot lie about it.Read More
It Came From Outer Space
Finally! A reason to use Pinterest we actually understand.
It seems to happen every few months. A picture of a historical figure with a quote credited to them gets passed around the Internet, then someone points out that it wasn't them who said it. Then someone posts a snarky "Don't trust Internet quotes -- Abraham Lincoln" pic. This is like that, but way better.Read More
Kind of like on Tumblr, where everyone interacts with their favorite brands.
If you've been on the Internet, chances are you've seen brands attempt to capitalize on the growing trend that is image macros and memes. This is nothing new, of course, and some succeed more than others. Specifically, GE has a bunch of really interesting examples.Read More
Pinterest is all about pinning things to other things, so with their newly launched redesign, they wanted to make it easier for users to find more pins to pin. The redesign was tested out on a handful of users in a closed beta, and will now begin rolling out to users via invite as early as today. So what can you expect from the new Pinterest? Pins. So. Many. Pins.Read More
We're not saying Pinterest is for the birds, but the social media platform definitely attracts a certain kind of material. If it's not cute pictures of animals, inventive uses for leftover cardboard boxes, or something to do with fashion, it probably doesn't belong on Pinterest. That said, someone over at NBC has totally figured out this social media thing. A recent Parks and Recreation episode saw Ben Wyatt and Leslie Knope tie the knot in their own haphazard way, and NBC put up a faux wedding album for the characters on Pinterest.Read More
Pinterest, a social network that lets people share things like recipes, has acquired Punchfork, a social network that lets people share recipes. This marks Pinterest's first acquisition of another company, which is a big step in any young Internet startup's life. It seems like only yesterday we were all clamoring to understand what exactly Pinterest was, but now it's all grown up.Read More
Okay, maybe the lawsuit being levied against Pinterest isn't entirely like the one famously involving Facebook, but it's close enough that people will inevitably make comparisons. It's also not like Facebook was the first company sued for allegedly stealing ideas from an earlier enterprise. Either way, Pinterest and one of the company's investors, Brian Cohen, are now embroiled in a lawsuit with Theodore Schroeder, who alleges that Cohen took ideas from a company the two were previously involved in and used them to catapult Pinterest to the top of the social network pile. See? Pretty familiar.Read More
Things We Saw Today
Pinterest, the social media platform mostly populated by women and consisting of things you can buy and adorable animals, functions by allowing users to "pin" different images to various interest boards that they create. For example, I might create a board titled "James Plafke's so dreamy" and only include adorable pictures of my managing editor. All of these have been public, though, which means private matters can't really be pinned. For everyone that wants to only reveal their interests privately, the social media company has now introduced secret boards.Read More
Pinterest is quickly showing every other social media platform how it's done. comScore, an Internet analytics company, noted back in February that Pinterest was the fastest independent site to hit 10 million monthly unique visitors they'd ever measured. As we move into November, it looks like the social media company has only continued to grow since then. The latest report from commScore gives a list of the top 50 United States websites for September, and Pinterest just hit the list at number 50 with 25.3 million unique visitors.Read More
Things We Saw Today
In our ever-increasingly technology dependent world, social media has become a force with which to be reckoned. Our old institutions are still trying to bridge the gap, but the good folks in Pottstown, Pennsylvania certainly seem to understand our evolving world better than most. After a local paper, the Pottstown Mercury, started pinning mugshots to Pinterest, the local police have seen a 58% increase in arrests.Read More
the internet is serious business
Elsewhere on the internet
I'm not a big Pinterster myself (although The Mary Sue does have its own Pinterest!) but this whole thing reminds me of those times when a person finds my Tumblr for the first time and likes or reblogs seven things in a row. On the one hand, I'm glad we share interests. On the other, I was just given a creepy snapshot of another person's browsing history. And it was creepy. Kind of like this video.Read More