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33 Pinterest knockoffs: some will thrive, Pinspire will fail

As Pinterest increases in popularity, so do the number of sites that are “inspired” by Pinterest. Some will thrive as they tackle specific challenges, but the clones will fail to innovate and be left behind.

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Pinterest is a fascinating startup not only because the visual bookmarking site has been around for nearly two years and many believe it is brand new, but because it has inspired so many knockoffs. It is easy to say they will all fail because they don’t have the traffic, funding or notoriety of Pinterest, but it is a little more complicated than that.

Many of the Pinterest clones will fail because they are nothing more than clones, but there are a select few that solve problems that Pinterest has yet to overcome, for example Gentlemint which is aimed at male users that are overwhelmed by how many women users are on Pinterest (86 percent of American users are female), or Wanelo that successfully adds the social shopping element to Pinterest.

These niche sites are inspired by Pinterest rather than a knockoff, as Pinterest has inspired web design to focus on visual sharing via tiles. They did not invent this design, no, even Blogger has offered a tile layout for the last year, and designers have been toying with tile design for years, particularly with portfolio sites. Pinterest simply made popular the idea, refined it and has gone mainstream.

Below are 33 sites, some inspired by Pinterest, others a near replica. The sites that are solving a problem with Pinterest or do something Pinterest cannot or will not do (like porn) will likely thrive, while the cheap knockoffs like Pinspire which offer nothing new will fail. Crowds will flock to the real thing where the rest of the crowd is, and that continues to make improvements, while the copycat will remain behind with a small demand, just like Foakley sunglasses or Prahda bags in mall kiosks.

33 Pinterest clones:

  1. Alibaba, Chinese social shopping.
  2. Chill, a Pinterest for video.
  3. Discover, a Pinterest for designers.
  4. Everplaces, a Pinterest for the real world
  5. Fyndesters, a Pinterest for art and design.
  6. Gentlemint, a Pinterest for gentlemen.
  7. GetVega, a Pinterest for compulsive listers.
  8. Gtrot, a Pinterest for travel and deals.
  9. Hunuku, a Pinterest for families.
  10. I Wanna Nom, a Pinterest for recipes.
  11. Kulisha, a Pinterest for social commentary.
  12. LittleMonsters, a Pinterest for Lady Gaga fans.
  13. Loverly, a Pinterest for weddings.
  14. Manteresting, a Pinterest for men.
  15. MarkPic, another Chinese social sharing clone.
  16. Minglewing, a Pinterest for discussion.
  17. PinClub.com, a Pinterest for “sexy stuff” (aka porn).
  18. Pingram, a Pinterest for Instagram.
  19. Pinspire, an exact replica of Pinterest.
  20. Reclip.it, a Pinterest for deals.
  21. Singterest, a Pinterest for Singapore.
  22. Snatchly.com, a Pinterest for porn.
  23. SnipIt, a Pinterest for news.
  24. SparkRebel, a Pinterest for fashion.
  25. Stylepin, a Pinterest for fashion.
  26. Sworly, a Pinterest for music.
  27. Tailored, a Pinterest for weddings.
  28. TheComplete.Me, a Pinterest for dating.
  29. TheFancy, a Pinterest for shopping, deals.
  30. Thinng, a Pinterest for things.
  31. Trippy, a Pinterest for travel.
  32. Wanderfly, a Pinterest for travel recommendations.
  33. Wanelo, a Pinterest for shopping.

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius and sister news outlet, The Real Daily, and has been named in the Inman 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders several times, co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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9 Comments

  1. Drew Meyers

    April 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Don’t people want to do anything original yet? Actually create something of their own?

    It seems not.

    • Lani Rosales

      April 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      I just can’t imagine feeling good about working at a company that has cloned another. At least change it up like Gentlemint!

  2. julie

    April 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    what about the main pinterest competitor juxtapost.com?

  3. Anders Roth

    April 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    This one launched just a few days ago — pretty nice though actually.

    punchpin.com – it’s Pinterest for guys. Big question is really tho, will guys use a site like this the same as women do at Pinterest?

  4. josh

    April 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I think Rivitr.com will not fail. Its not going to be a clone, rather a redone social network like Facebook, but only better, and visually driven like Pintrest but better!

  5. JONGA

    October 18, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Don’t forget pinterestheaven.com =)

  6. JONGA

    October 18, 2012 at 4:12 am

    PinterestHeaven.com glad it’s not on the fail list, awesome site and concept.

  7. RomeoAlentini

    October 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    https://pinanimals.net
     
    The only original largest animal pinboard online !

  8. Lori

    February 9, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Now that Pinterest is loading the feed with 50% or more ads (“picked for you”) lots of people will be searching for an alternative. Pinterest broke pinterest; now we need an alternative.

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Facebook’s Résumé takes another shot at LinkedIn

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Facebook took another swipe at LinkedIn by introducing a new Résumé feature.

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Any job hunter is likely familiar with the little section somewhere during the application process where you’re asked to enter in social media information. Thankfully, Facebook is usually an optional field.

While I try to keep what the public can see of my social media profiles toned down enough as to not cause my grandmother to blush, I’m still not quite comfortable sharing my profile with prospective employers.

I’m sure many out there feel the same, and Facebook knows this.

Tinfoil hat theories aside, LinkedIn may be shaking in their boots as Facebook begins to advance their growth in the professional sector in their pursuit of social media domination.

Facebook has begun experimenting with a new Résumé/CV feature that works as an extension of your standard “Work and Education” section on a Facebook profile page, allowing users to share work experience in more detail with friends and family but most importantly: potential employers.

Luckily, the new Résumé/CV feature won’t be sharing personal photos or status updates, but will rather combine all the relevant information into a single, professional-looking package.

So far this feature appears to be rolled out to a small number of users, and it’s unclear when it will be officially launched, but this isn’t the first time Facebook has dipped their toes in the waters of the job sector, or took a jab at LinkedIn.

Several months ago, Jobs was launched, a feature that allows Business Pages to post job openings through the status composer, and keep track of them on their Page’s Jobs tab.

A Facebook spokesperson commented on the intent behind the new Résumé/CV feature, “At Facebook, we’re always building and testing new products and services.

We’re currently testing a work histories feature to continue to help people find and businesses hire for jobs on Facebook,” and so this is just the beginning of Facebook’s plan to become a one-stop-shop and create a more seamless way for people to find and get jobs.

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Tag photos, connect with friends, order food?

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Facebook seems to be sprawling into every nook and cranny of life and now, they’re infiltrating food delivery.

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Facebook is now bringing you food! Although, no one was really asking them to.

In the age of Instagram and Snapchat, Facebook is attempting to transform into more than just a social media platform. They have partnered up with food delivery services to help users order food directly from their site.

They hope to streamline the process by giving users a chance to research, get recommendations and order food without ever leaving the site.

Facebook has partnered with their existing delivery services including EatStreet, Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow and Olo in addition to restaurants to fast track the process.

The scenario they imagine is that while scrolling through the newsfeed, users would feel an urge to eat and look to Facebook for their options.

After chatting up friends via Facebook Messenger to ask for the best place to go, users would visit the restaurant’s page directly, explore their menu and decide to order. When ordering, you will have the option to use one of the partnered delivery services either with an existing account or by creating a new one.

The benefit is you stay on one site the entire time. With the time you save, the food can get to you faster, which is a plus for everyone.

Assuming that people already live on Facebook 24/7, this seems like a great update. If you like getting recommendations from your favorite social media resources, it’s even better.

The problem is that in recent years their younger audiences have dropped off in favor of other sites. Regardless of what they think, not everyone is flocking to Facebook for their every need.

My guess is that this service will benefit those already using Facebook, but is less likely to draw new audiences in.

Adding more services may not be the key to success if Facebook can’t refine their other features. They have already been criticized for their ad reporting practices, though they seem to fix everything with a new algorithm.

Facebook has continued to stray away from their original intent, and food delivery won’t be their last update.

Facebook wants to be everything, but not everyone may want the same.

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Hate Facebook’s mid-roll ads? So does everyone else

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Those pesky ads that pop up in the middle of that Facebook video, aka mid-roll, seem to be grinding everyone’s gears.

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In an ongoing effort to monetize content, Facebook recently introduced “mid-roll” ads into videos by certain publishers, and it has now been testing that format for six months. If you aren’t a big fan of those ads interrupting your content consumption experience, you aren’t alone; publishers aren’t crazy about them either.

In a report on the program, five publishers working with Facebook’s new mid-roll ad program were sourced and all five publishers found that the program wasn’t generating the expected revenue.

One program partner made as little as $500 dollars with mid-roll ads while generating tens of millions of views on their content.

Two other partners wouldn’t specify exact revenue number, but they did acknowledge that the ad performance is below expectations. As far as cost goes, certain publishers mentioned CPMs between 15 cents and 75 cents.

That range is large because a lot of the data isn’t clear enough to evaluate their return on investment. According to the Digiday report, publishers receive data on total revenue, along with raw data on things like the number of videos that served an ad to viewers.

The lack of certain data points, along with the confusing structure of the data, makes it difficult to assess the number of monetized views and the revenue by video. For context, YouTube, as arguably the biggest player in video monetization, provides all these metrics.

Another issue is that licensing deals are cutting into margins. Facebook pays publishers, via a licensing fee, to produce and publish a certain number of videos each month. In exchange, Facebook keeps all money until it recoups the fee, after which revenue is split 55/45 between the publisher and Facebook.

While these challenges doesn’t change the fact that revenue is low, it does make it difficult to dissect costs in a meaningful way.

Why is revenue so low to begin with?

For starters, a newsfeed with enough content to feed an infinite scroll probably isn’t the best format for these kinds of ads. As a user, when I’m watching the videos and the ad interrupts the experience, I’ve always scrolled right on through to the next item on my feed. It’s a sentiment echoed by one of the publishers in the Digiday story.

Because of that, Facebook’s new Watch program, which creates a content exclusivity not found on the news feed, might produce better results in the future. Either way, Facebook will need to solve this revenue challenge for publishers, or they might pull out of the programs altogether.

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