Pinterest, we need a way to organize followers and filter our feeds! via @scalablesocial

Dear Pinterest – You Know I Love You, But – LISTS, PLEASE!

No big news – I’m a Pinterest nut. Why? Because it works to bring in traffic and leads AND it is fun. Sometimes too fun. Hours melt away like soft serve on a summer’s day. But I digress (much like I do on Pinterest). Pinterest has one glaring flaw, and we’d like it addressed. When I say “we,” I mean me, Pinstagram Guy, Adam Hutchins, and countless others (we hope you will add your names in the comments).

@Pinterest, we need a way to organize followers and filter our feeds! Come join in the discussion http://scalablesocialmedia.com/2014/06/pinterest-list-circles-organize-followers/Pinterest is all grown up – it works great and soon everyone will be able to use promoted pins. We love you enough to give you our MONEY, and that is saying something! But there’s this ONE thing!

No, it’s not the comment system, although, it would be nice if we could comment without opening the pin. It’s not the way tagging doesn’t always work, although that can be annoying, too. It’s not even the way I wish I could “like” a comment. It’s something much more fundamental and limiting.

Pinterest – We Need A Way to Organize Those We Follow

You know how you can make circles in Google+ and lists in Twitter and on Facebook? Well, you can’t do that on Pinterest. Which means that from my personal profile, if I want to follow someone who pins recipes or travel AND I want to pin someone who shares great marketing content, I’m going to see their pins all jumbled up in my newsfeed.

If I want to follow my clients’ fiercest competitors, but don’t necessarily want to repin their stuff, I see those in there (yes, sometimes I wonder, “how did tht get there?!”) so I can see what they’re doing.

If I want to do ongoing research on brands that are utilizing Pinterest well, but I don’t necessarily want to see their pins in my feed – too bad. I either follow and endure, or just save a link to their profile in a secret board somewhere.

If, for a client, I want to follow a board that contains ten thousand recipes, suddenly their feed is overrun with nothing but recipes for scrolls and scrolls and scrolls.

So, what we’d like is a way to categorize the pinners and the boards we follow into our own groups. It makes for better content curation, it makes for better personal/business separation, and it just makes sense. I believe it would also lead to Pinterest becoming a bit more social.

You can call them circles, lists, interest lists, pin circles, pin balls, pin-whatever – and we’ll be happy. Promise.

Anybody With Me?

Would you like to see some way to filter your Pinterest feed? Do you have reasons beyond those I’ve mentioned? Please share or just agree below. Then pin the image and tweet the article, tagging @Pinterest so they know how we all feel. Let’s do this!

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Pinterest, we really need lists!
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We need a way to organize our follows. Circles, lists, whatever, some way to filter our feeds for better organization and more social behavior. Let’s tell Pinterest how we feel! Comment and share, won’t you?
About the Author Alisa Meredith (257 Posts)

As co-owner and chief inbound marketing consultant at Scalable Social Media, Alisa Meredith spends a lot of time keeping up with online marketing trends for the benefit of our customers. Computers have been a passion of hers since her first T1-99, so inbound and social media marketing is a natural fit.


Comments

  1. 1000% Great innovation coming from Pinterest, but this is a huge area needing some care. Filters or lists please!!!

  2. I totally get what you’re saying Alisa. I am part of a group board with several thousands of followers and they over power my Pinterest feed and it can take me several minutues to scroll down just to find others pins that’s not related to that group board. Thanks for a great post Alisa.

    • Alisa Meredith

      Yes, exactly, Anna! I can only imagine. Thanks so much for your comment. I hope Pinterest will listen – they are so fabulous in every other way, this would really enhance the experience.

  3. That would be nice! Right now, I have 2 pinterest accounts, a personal one and my business one. I follow different boards for my different pinterest accounts. Ha.

    • Alisa Meredith

      Me too, Kristie! Every once in a while I’ll notice something has slipped in where it didn’t belong (gorgeous clothes in my marketing company stream – how did THAT happen?? :)) I know lots of people would love to be able to filter their feeds even if they still keep separate accounts. Here’s hoping Pinterest is paying attention!

  4. Rebeca Crites

    I also agree with this I’m trying to get back into writing I started writing a book while in high school and it got ruined I use pinterest for ideas to help me get creative again and I also use it to think of ideas on what I want the characters look like the problem I have is I follow so many different people for different things and everything is all scrambled I have to go into my profile and go through the people I follow just to look through what I would like to look at . Have xircles or list would make it so much more organized.

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