Since its development, Facebook has drastically changed a lot about the way it functions, from the News Feed to the rights of its users. Some may enjoy the improvements, but overall, I think many have had complaints about the most current rendition of this popular social media site.
Pinterest, being another very popular though much newer social media favorite, has many of the same properties as Facebook from their like and share buttons to their constantly updated feeds. But I cannot help but wonder what Pinterest would be like if it took on some of the qualities of Facebook.
Hidden photo rights. Rather than working wonderfully to protect personal copyrights, what if Pinterest actually took over the rights of every image put on their site, even if the image was not posted by the original copyright holder?
Telling you who interests you. Instead of the feed stream functioning solely on chronological order showing you pins from everyone you follow, imagine if Pinterest only showed pins of people it felt you were interested in, leaving the rest to disappear completely from your feed over time.
Hiding pins for no apparent reason. How about if Pinterest occasionally selected images to hide from everyone? Even though you pinned it, Pinterest decided to not have that image show up in any of your followers’ feeds, leaving some pins, for absolutely no known reason, completely invisible to the entire Pinterest community?
Altering your feed based on the activity of others. Imagine if a pin you saw and interacted with a week ago which no longer served any purpose to you continued to appear at the top of your feed simply because others, some of whom you don’t even know, continued to repin it, forcing you to have to scroll annoyingly past it every single time you opened your Pinterest feed.
Going a couple of days without showing you any news pins. Because of its decision that the extremely active pins are more important to you, what if your Pinterest feed went a full day or two without ever showing you the newer activity occurring from your followers ensuring that a couple days go by without any new news in your stream?
Inserting discreet ads. Now imagine if Pinterest threw in an occasional ad, disguised as a real share from someone you follow, in an attempt to trick you into interacting with it, ensuring that you have to carefully tiptoe through your feed to ensure you do not accidentally wind up on a website trying to sell you something.
I cannot help but wonder how well Pinterest would function if they implemented these Facebook attributes. What are your thoughts? Would you be willing to continue pinning and repinning if your Pinterest account instituted these changes?