There is certainly no denying the ever-growing popularity of Pinterest. With over 2.5 million users participating in the beta, Pinterest provides a new and unique way to discover and share the web. This growing popularity has, of course, spawned numerous sites that utilize a variety of Pinterest elements.
If Pinterest doesn’t seem to be quite what you need, you might consider trying one of the many alternatives. Whether it’s a “manlier” alternative like Gentlemint or a specific niche like tech-centric Curisma, you are sure to be able to find something up your alley. Read on to learn about ten of the best alternatives to Pinterest.
The front page of Pinterest definitely doesn’t scream masculinity, so “manly” alternatives are always arising. One of the most popular is definitely Gentlemint, the invite-only Pinterest twin that focuses on male-oriented content. The gentlemint.com tagline calls itself a “mint of manly things,” offering up a Pinterest style design (white background with boxes around images and links.) The Pinterest-like features even continue with a “mint it” bookmark, which allows users to save images from around the web.
While Pinterest is popular with a variety of ages, teens are not really its target audience. We Heart It is a Pinterest alternative that targets teenage and college-aged women, clearly evidenced by the fashion and celebrities present on the front page. We Heart It features Pinterest-like design, user experience and a browser button for saving images while browsing.
Developer: We Heart It, Inc.
Finding items to purchase or make is definitely a very popular way to use Pinterest. One subset is those who want to subtly let others know about gift ideas. If you are using Pinterest in this way in preparation for a wedding, check out Knack Registry. Knack Registry focuses on allowing brides-to-be to share gift ideas from small, local shops and artisans rather than having registries only at big chain stores. The interface and sharing process are, again, very similar to Pinterest.
Developer: Knack Registry
A large part of the focus of Pinterest is sharing images. However, the images are not always the greatest quality and tend to be pretty much all over the place. Jux is a site that focuses on creative individuals, providing a space to share high quality images that typically revolve around some sort of creative field. Jux does not have a browser button to share images, but rather focuses on sharing your own creative work, be it audio, video, image, text, or more.
Developer: The Juxers
Image spark is another site that focuses on providing an experience that is great for creative folks of any capacity. While many of the other Pinterest-like sites focus on images that utilize great design or artistic technique, they all have a similar organizational structure for images, which is to place them into categories. While Image Spark allows users to save and share images in a similar way, images are organized into customizable moodboards that are far more project oriented.
While Pinterest does allow users to share video, the focus is definitely on still images and text. If you want a Pinterest-like site that focuses more on video, then Chill is for you. Chill has almost identical functions to Pinterest, allowing users to save, categorize and share video from all over the web in one convenient location. The layout and browser button are just like those found in Pinterest, making it a familiar environment.
A number of these Pinterest alternatives allow users to share images of just about anything, but there are some Pinterest alternatives with a focus on a specific type of product. Curisma is a technology-centered site which allows users to share, discover and purchase new and unique gadgets and technological items. Users have a customizable experience and are able to “like” certain items in order to make similar items show up on their home screen.
Developer: Curisma, Inc.
While some sites market themselves for certain products, others market to a certain group of people. Realizing the power of any form of social media, Lady Gaga worked to develop littlemonsters.com, a Pinterest-like site which allows little monsters to share images, video and more amongst a network of similar fans.
Pinterest allows users to share individual images, while a user could potentially share a screenshot of a website, most images will just be single images found on a different website. Bo.lt allows users to save and share entire web pages. Bo.lt even saves the web page on their server. This means that even if a page is removed from the web, as long as it was saved to Bo.lt that archived copy is still available.
If the publicity of Pinterest is what makes you be opposed to it, you might check out a more private alternative. Clipboard allows users to clip, organize and share a variety of information, from images to maps to recipes and more. However, unlike Pinterest, all boards are private by default. This guarantees at least some semblance of privacy and makes this factor plus the huge variety of information you can clip makes Clipboard a tempting option, particularly for private projects.
These are just a few of the more than fifty alternatives to Pinterest that I discovered while researching this article, so chances are that if one of these still isn’t right for you, there are still many out there. These represent some of the biggest categories for alternatives, however, and show a good sampling of the various alternatives.
I’m curious to know what you use – are you a dedicated Pinterest fan? Or do you have an alternative choice of your own? If you still haven’t figured out the buzz around Pinterest, be sure to check out our Pinterest review, then share your favorite Pinterest-style site in the comments below.