In my quest to one day (hopefully soon) rid my life of “Facebook”, I’ve recently been on the hunt to find a combination of mobile friendly (very important) apps that can take the place of the all-conquering behemoth that is, Facebook.
I’ve already recently praised the launch of the beautifully designed mobile app “Path”, which makes the process of connecting with friends and the people “who matter” in your life when it comes to your activity away from the web, but what about all the great stuff you find online day-to-day that you wish to share with your nearest and dearest? Is there a better way to share this kind of content than by using services like “Facebook” or “Google Plus”?
I’m pretty sure the answer to that one is YES, and, if all the tech articles that are starting to float around now are anything to go by, it can be found in the form of a fantastic, and highly addictive (there’s your one and only warning) emerging service called “Pinterest”.
Based around the idea that you “pin” interesting links and images to various user-determined “boards” via the mobile app, browser bookmarklets, or your profile on the Pinterest website, the site has initially found a HUGE audience in women keen to share pictorial fashion tips, book recommendations, inspirational quotes and more. With the site beginning to open up to more and more people, however, the user gender balance is evening up and there’s now all sorts of brilliant boards out there featuring music, cars, men’s fashion, architecture, design and plenty of other “blokey” stuff.
Pinterest is still in “invite-only” beta mode, but getting your hands on an invite from current members isn’t too hard. Ask around on Twitter, or even shoot me a message with your email address and I’ll get you in the door.