It’s the ludicrously hot startup of the moment, with a hockey-stick adoption curve and a whole mess of clones. It’s where you go to spend hours staring longingly at shoes you can’t afford and dishes you’re too lazy to cook. It’s also the place where you discover that your Great Aunt Mildred has magnificently luxe taste in bathroom fixtures and your ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend is shopping for appallingly expensive wedding gowns.
Pinterest has a reputation for the aspirational and the inspirational, and that interface sure is pretty. But stratospheric social network membership comes with a price, and that’s the inexorable drift to the lowest common denominator. And so we’ve seen the rise of sites like Pinterest You Are Drunk, documenting grave lapses in pin-related judgement.
Curious to see take the measure of the ecosystem ourselves, Betabeat ventured deep into the bowels of Pinterest, seeking the worst of the worst—pins that were tacky, vile, offensive, offensively dumb, and just plain distasteful.
Here’s what we found.