How do You Like the New Pinterest Design?
I like Pinterest. You like Pinterest. We pretty much all like it, right? So, have you been over there recently and seen the new design?
I'm sure you have. But what do you THINK about it?
I'm not a Pinterest expert by far yet, so I can't predict if this is good or bad for us artists and bloggers. But I can say that I've noticed some pros and cons in the last couple of weeks.
For one thing...my traffic stopped. Like, cold stone dead. My analytics looked like Wile E. Coyote going over a cliff.
I probably wouldn't have noticed that much, except I had a few pins that were suddenly super popular. Then all of a sudden, no traffic from Pinterest. At all. Zip. Hundreds of views one morning, nothing again for a week. What the heck?
And then...there were the board covers.
Totally Messed Up My OCD Pin Board Covers!
Only a few months ago I spent a week customizing every single board cover so that my pinterest profil looked all tidy organized. Yeah, I even had all the little images tagged with symbols for the category they belonged in: health, business, art...
I had received several compliments on how nice it looked and how easy it was to navigate. Awesome.
Then Pinterest changed the design, and...well, ew. All of my board covers were suddenly smushed to the left, and the thumbs for the actual pins are so tiny you can't see what's going on.
I have no idea if this was even remotely related to the drop in traffic or not, but I took a couple of nights and made all new covers. Again.
Not exactly what I had planned on doing during the busy holiday season!
I'm not sure if I will keep them this way or change them up when I have more time, but I do know that I love coming across Pinterest profiles where the boards are all tidy with board covers. It makes it much easier to look through a person's pins.
Pros and Cons?
Hey, it's still pretty new, but I've noticed a few things.
- Pro: The nice, square shaped board covers are easier to to design and read than the last version.
- Pro: Business accounts now get a spot at the top to feature their best boards in slideshow format.
- Pro: It looks nice on the mobile phone view.
- Con: Traffic is still slow
- Con: Seems like it loads slower these days, especially the pages with the slideshow feature.
- Con: Seems like I'm seeing the same pins I've already pinned over and over instead of new ones.
So, that was my unexpected task for this week. It may not have been necessary, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to get it cleaned up as soon as possible.
How do you like the new look? Do you use board covers to organize your Pinterest account? Do you sort your boards by popularity or topic so they aren't scattered?