After I published six blog post about Pinterest, you might think I don’t see any flaws with Pinterest. While I do think it is an amazing web site and social tool, one of the biggest issues is the lack of privacy. If you like the organizational functions of Pinterest, but want the ability to have private boards, here are some alternatives.
clip board is an excellent alternative to Pinterest for private boards. They actually default all clips to private. You can clip an image or text with a link automatically created to the original source
Another alternative is Trello. It isn’t really the same as Pinterest, but it does allow for a similar organization structure except it revolves around typing text on virtual note cards. I plan to blog about this service more in the future, but it is so easy to use, I recommend checking it out now.
If you are a writer, Scrivener is a powerful tool for organizing your writing from ideas to end product. It is low priced, with a free trial, and the reviews are truly glowing. I have briefly tried it, but it may be more than I need. But if you are a writer, this is a good organization alternative, that is also private.
“For manly men”
As I mentioned previously, Pinterest users tend to be women (different research puts this number between 80 and 95 percent). A site called Gentlemint, created in my home town of Lawrence, KS, is trying to bring the Pinterest concept to men with a completely different site. Whether it will take off is of course a question, but the site is receiving considerable national press. You can watch a video interview with the Gentlemint creators on the Social IRL blog.
My favorite article on Pinterest is composed of 15 interviews with active Pinterest users. If you are going to read one additional story, I recommend checking this one out.
If you want to keep up on the latest news about Pinterest check out this curated collection of Pinterest stories on Scoop.It.
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