Pinning for You
Pinterest is the go‐to place for five types of online media: recipes, DIY projects, fitspo, accessible street‐style photos and inspirational quotes.
Today, we are most concerned with the hugely influential social network’s cottage industry of quotes. Most of these quotes are unattributed and have no apparent origin, appearing to have simply bubbled up from Read More
When it comes to sharing recipes with Katy, Katie and Cait for things you could just buy frozen at Trader Joe’s, Pinterest has bypassed email as a popular method of distributing items of interest.
The caloric dip look book ranks in third behind Facebook and Twitter as the preferred method for sharing stuff (i.e. articles, links and pictures) according to recent findings from ShareThis.
The survey focused on people’s distribution habits in the fourth quarter of 2013 and found that people’s impulse to sharing things via Pinterest zoomed up 58 percent.
It doesn’t take NSA-level records access to figure out that Pinterest users freaking love weddings, possibly even more than they love shirtless men.
They also love buying the stuff they pin (except for #fitspo, because as we all know, that’s priceless). The virtual pinboard site drives sales in a huge way.
Now, a new app is enabling Pinterest users to pin their favorite products IRL just by scanning an item’s UPC barcode. It’s called LoveList, and it was created by Brad Mahler and Mark Tholking, TechCrunch reports.
Bling out your Citibike Today in things you didn’t know you needed, Tomorrow Lab has partnered with Shapeways to create a gold, 3D-printed Citibike key. In case you’re not an avid Citibike user, “keys” are what Citibike’s annual members use to release the bikes from their holding contraptions. The new 3D-printed key, which is still in prototype phase, is printed in “gold steel,” and is meant to be worn on a string around the neck like the geekiest, chunkiest jewelry of all time. This might be proof that just because you can 3D-print it, doesn’t mean you should.
San Francisco is going to tax Google’s employee shuttles based on the number of stops they make. But the search giant can likely afford it since they’ll only be charged $1 per stop. [WSJ]
Michael Bay did something he’s used to at CES yesterday: he bombed. The director got flustered during a presentation for Samsung and embarrassingly fled the stage. [AdWeek]
Pinterest has reportedly acquired VisualGraph, an image recognition search engine that’s staffed by just two people. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. [BuzzFeed]
For the first time in its ten year history, Mashable is taking on outside investors to the tune of $13.3 million from Updata Partners. [CNN]
Snapchat has hired its first lobbyist. [Recode]
Uber is pissed at the person who leaked internal revenue figures to Valleywag, but didn’t deny that it makes millions. [AllThingsD]
Even creator Ev Williams is still figuring out what Medium should be. Hopefully the redesign helps? [Fast Company]
On Cyber Monday, Pinterest nearly tripled the revenue on retail sites that it sent traffic to. [TechCrunch]
Here’s what happens when you use bitcoins to purchase gifts on your Christmas list: you commission a portrait of your cat. [Time]
Airbnb’s new San Francisco headquarters have mini apartments influenced by major cities, like Bali and Paris. [PSFK]
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Another number to add to your Snapchat statistic stew: 70 percent of the app’s users are women. The rest are dogs. [WSJ]
Pinterest is entering the travel sector with “Place Pins,” where users create boards and place…pins on to destinations. Sponsors will populate the slots with information and media about the area. [Skift]
Groupon’s new “Freebies” section sounds a lot easier than getting a Klout perk. [Chicago Tribune]
If Barry Diller still ran Fox, he would absolutely sue Aereo for scraping its signals. But since he financially backs the streaming startup and has successfully defeated any court cases against it, he says he’s “on the side of the Angels.” [TVSpy]
AOL’s Tim Armstrong and Gilt Founder Kevin Ryan are joining Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s transition team. [Politicker]
Sometimes, Instagram users’ habits can be baffling. Nobody liked that photo of your parents’ dog, but 45 people immediately felt the urge to double tap yet another cloud or sunset pic? Whatever.
But the folks at Curalate have figured out what goes into the perfect Instagram pic, VentureBeat reports. It turns out that to get more likes, you need “blueish images with a lot of background, texture, and light,” and one object in focus.
Target is the store you can’t walk into without dropping $120 on tooooootally necessary housewares, clothes and snacks. And Pinterest is the website you can’t log onto without losing hours of your life in a sea of inspirational quotes and wedding paraphernalia.
So in an act only the most shrewd retail genius could concoct, the two highly addictive brands are joining to create the alpha and omega of holiday shopping.
In a gesture that’s sure to please all of The Notebook‘s most type-A fans, a young man planned a surprise proposal and wedding for his girlfriend using nothing but her “My Dream Wedding” Pinterest board.
Amanda Roman’s exhaustive board includes such Pinterest staples as inspirational quotes, makeup tips and even sparkly guilt-inducing weight loss crafts. With more than 220 pins, the only thing she was missing was a fiancé :\