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Jul 07 2017

A #BringBackTheLikeButton @Pinterest Idea

Pinterest, like every other social media giant, has made a change. And, as always happens with change, some people don’t like it. The #BringBackTheLikeButton hashtag is going around sites like Twitter.

Asking for change that you don’t like is always a good idea. Will the company listen? Unless there’s a serious drop in users (and thus income potential), probably not.

As such, I’ve altered one of my boards. This was once called “repins and contests.” I rarely used the board. If there was a pin that I enjoyed, but it did not necessarily reflect my interests or brand, I’d click “like” rather than repinning. Given that I can no longer click like, I’ve repurposed this board. I deleted the old contest links and repins of items that no longer exist. I added the number 1 to the name so that the board would be near the top of my “pin” list.

1 Likes, repins that do not necessarily reflect my core interests, and contest stuff

You see, I was never confused about the difference between liking a pin and repinning a pin. A “repin” felt like a referral or endorsement to me. A “repin” seemed as if I was saying to the world, “Hey, let me show you this!” A “like” felt as if I was saying thank you to the spinner for sharing something, but I didn’t wish to also share it.

For example, I follow several people who happen to have nail art pins. I’m not following them for this (we have common writing or reading interests). However, I know they are rightly proud of the art they’ve created. It certainly isn’t something I’m going to replicate (but bravo to the guys who do— you rock that look and I’ll support your right to do so). Yet, I can appreciate my pinning-friend’s effort. I can could click like as a form of encouragement and acknowledgement. That’s no longer an option.

(It didn’t end with nail art, that’s just an example. One I’ve mentioned on this blog before.)

Now I have this board. As an author, Pinterest is part of my platform. I don’t know how repinning items which aren’t related to myself or my brand is going to go. This is the solution I’ve come up with for now. I find my interest in Pinterest has declined significantly without the “like” button.

Do you have any opinions on my creation of this board, the Pinterest like button removal, or Pinterest in General?

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  1. Kira Elise

    I’m still getting used to not having the like button. I find myself going to like something before remembering that it’s not there. As someone who has a variety of boards from writing & blogging posts and tips to boards for recipes and beauty (hair, makeup, etc.) I think creating or repurposing an old board is a good idea.

    Your followers may not completely understand it, but you know what it’s for. Besides, you’ve explained it here and anyone who has questions or comments can reach out. As writers, our platforms are a part of our brands, but we’re also just people who have interests in so many other things. Fans and followers should be understanding of that. Hopefully, Pinterest brings back the like button. I don’t see the point of them removing it.
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    1. J Lenni Dorner

      Exactly!
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  2. Patricia Lynne

    I noticed that change the other day and my likes got put into a private board. After I got over the scare of “WHERE ARE MY LIKES? I HAD STUFF THERE TO REFERENCE” I was fine with the change.
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    1. J Lenni Dorner

      I just feel like I’m being rude by not clicking like. Now it’s like I’m just stalking people or something. “I see what you’ve put here. I won’t interact in any way, so you won’t know that I saw it.”
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  3. C. Lee McKenzie

    Change is inevitable, but with each one comes more time to figure out how to work it and if it’s worthwhile. I’m not the biggest Pinterest user or fan, but I do visit at least once a month. 🙂 There are just so many other options that make more sense to me that I forget about the big P.
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    1. J Lenni Dorner

      I find it to be a fun site.
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