The Bastardization of Pinterest has Begun: A RantAh, Pinterest. We hardly knew ye. There was a time when we could open you up on our computers and view cute baby pictures, adorable furry little critters, the latest “bling”, pictures of exotic locations around the world, recipes, art, our favorite rock stars. It was the age of Pinterest innocence. Alas, it was all too brief.
Suddenly, Pinterest became the Fastest Growing Site Ever! It began to drive More Traffic Than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn Combined! Pinterest became a social media revolution! Those of us who were already pinning started to feel special (yeah, I pin. You got a problem with that?). The secret was out, somebody let our little kitty out of the proverbial bag.
Now, the serpents have arrived in Eden. Run little kitty.
The Usual Suspects
The social media “experts”, who held back thinking Pinterest was just an online women’s Tupperware party, have gotten themselves into the game. They've loaded up their Pinterest boards with über lame social media quotes (their own, of course), their Favorite Social Media Books (with their own book included, of course), social media stats, and the dreaded social media infographics. Oy vey.
Spamming. That’s what it is. Plain and simple.
Oh, and it's only just beginning. Once the Pinterest Gold Rush is in full swing, all the sheep will see what the shepherds are doing and say, “Well, gosh darn it, if they're sticking their social media marketing propaganda on Pinterest, so will we!” And then the self-indulgent social media shitstorm will really hit the Pinterest fan and splatter all over our cute baby pictures. Our innocence lost.
There's A Storm Coming
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.” [Matthew 23:13] Yeah, I’m almost as pissed off as Jesus was. Even my wife (who has finally found an interactive online platform she enjoys) has noticed the influx of social media related content. Sorry honey, that's just the way it is when lots of eyeballs come into play.
So prepare to see more social media hyperbole creep into your Pinterest experience a little more each day (where have all the cute puppies gone?). I mean, with 10 million monthly visitors, how can the social media pundits possibly resist? Choose to unfollow them if you wish (I certainly will) and hopefully they’ll realize why we were there in the first place and stop trying to bastardize yet another online platform with their social media malarkey.
Heck, there’s always tumblr.