One of the reasons I don’t use Pinterest much is because I’m not working in a hugely visual industry. After a while people will tire of looking at infographics and book covers and although it’s a great bookmarking tool I worry about the copyright of the images I pin. Pinterest is pretty and I don’t want to spoil this with lots of dodgy social media stock photos.
Pinstamatic is a cool tool that allows you to turn all sorts of data into visual Pinterest posts. You can screen grab a website, turn a quote into an image, make notes, share a Spotify song, link to a location.. and more. (see examples below).
On some levels this really works, it’s allowing us to create visual content from our data, making them pinable. However some of the tools make quite ugly visuals. For example the ‘notes’ feature isn’t very pretty, not only will this wreck the beauty of Pinterest but if it’s not visually interesting you won’t get re-pins or comments. People notice quirky and interesting images, the notes just look plain.
I do like the way quotes look, you can change their style and appearance, I also like the way it pins a Twitter account. It’s going to be a valuable tool and is in it’s infancy, I’m sure the posts will become more aesthetically pleasing in the future and it is going to be very useful for those of us not working in a hugely visual space but who love Pinterest.
Would you use a tool like Pinstamatic or are you a Pinterest purist? I’d love to discuss it in the comments below.