Why I’m Not Using Pinterest

I am a fervent advocate of harnessing the power of social media and your digital footprint as an educator or an administrator.

And as you grow further into the amazing world of online social PLNs (personal/professional learning networks), you start to inadvertently collect various profiles, like some people collected beanie babies back in the mid-1990s. I know this from my own experience.

I’m going to estimate that I have at least twenty different profiles right now, but, remarkably, I’m hardly ever overwhelmed. With the help of things like Diigo (social bookmarking) and Pocket (formerly ReadItLater), and various Google Chrome extensions, I can fly through streams, post and share quickly, and then save the things I want to read but haven’t the time to do so at that moment.  If you take it slowly (don’t do everything at once; don’t burn out), you will be able to effectively manage several different social profiles without feeling overwhelmed.

You Want To Be This–CC BY-SA by kafka4prez

NOT THIS—-CC BY-NC-SA by bianca prime









However, my frequenting several sites does not mean that I will join and participate in every single social media venue that comes along.  So, when Pinterest appeared last year and the internet world started to buzz, yes, I joined and created boards to see why everyone was jumping in their computer chairs.

Wait, I thought, what is the point of this? Don’t we already have Flickr? Pictures posted through Twitter and Google+? Do we really need oddly organized “boards” to add to the mess? “Pinning” a website image instead of just tweeting it or bookmarking it with Diigo made no sense. Pinterest was a more “visual” community toward which hobbyist flocked en masse. Ed Tech may be my hobby (and profession), but I’m not going to “pin” things to my “board” when I could share it on Twitter/Google+, bookmark it, Pocket it, curate it, or do something with it much more useful and organizable.

Here are my boards today, approximately nine months later:

CatFlippen’s Pinterest Boards– CC BY-NC-ND

Do I need to have a Pinterest profile to update and share on? No. Do I see other connected educators sharing their “pins” with their PLNs? No, not really. Do I even need to have my presence on Pinterest at all? No.  And did I need the stress of another place to share the things I find with others in education? No way.

So, sorry Pinterest. You are one profile too many, and I just don’t see you fitting into the Educational PLN circuit. If I ever start randomly crafting or wedding planning, then we will be good buddies.

[As if that wasn’t enough, check out this article questioning the legality of Pinterest.]

This post is a part of the Social Media in Education Series. Read all the posts in the series here.

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9 comments for “Why I’m Not Using Pinterest

  1. 07/25/2012 at 11:10 pm


    I feel the exact same way about Pinterest. I really don’t get it. It’s way too much clicking to get to a blog post or article. Can’t you just send me the direct link? Bookmarking like Diigo makes so much more sense to me. Lately, I’m feeling more and more in the minority, so it made me smile to see you feel similarly!

    • 07/26/2012 at 11:49 am

      Glad to see you share the same sentiment! :)

      I procrastinated a little last night and decided to look through my Twitter feed to see who actually posts links to their Twitter boards. Surprisingly, I saw about 8 or 9 (all in education) who do so regularly, and I never click on their links.

      So, does that mean that fewer EduPeeps use Pinterest to share material or that those who do use Pinterest, don’t evern share what they “pin” via Twitter? In the case of the latter, what is the point of Pinterest then? A glorified bookmarking site? Like you said, Diigo has a better means of bookmarking.

      Not to hate on Pinterest too much, but there is a reason I don’t have a “pin it” option under each of my posts!

  2. 12/22/2012 at 3:31 am

    Ah, but Learnist is useful and shares Pinterest-like qualities. Have you played with Learnist yet? I like it.

    • 01/22/2013 at 2:40 am

      Hi! Thank you so much for your comment!

      I have definitely explored Learnist. I like the fact that Learnist is specifically education-oriented, which does make it easier than wading through the wedding and crafting pictures on Pinterest. That being said, I could see Learnist as a great tool for K-8 students and teachers, but it essentially becomes a visual bookmarking tool for 9+. Diigo for education is a superior resource for bookmarking, in my opinion, thought I do have to say that my opinion is being colored by personal experience successfully using Diigo in education as well finding Diigo to be a GREAT resource for keeping track of graduate research.

      So, overall, Learnist is superior for educational use than Pinterest, but I still prefer alternative options for older students.

      Thanks, again, for your comment. I enjoyed reading through your blog, by the way!

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