I found out about a new social media platform called Pinterest today, and here's what I think about it.
I wanted to like this service, I really did. My friend Laura sent me a link to their site while I was working today and I requested a beta invite because it looked kind of cool. Large thumbnail images and short descriptions of web pages, arranged in 'pins' by category. You can create your own categories and attach whatever you want to them.
Seems nice on the surface, but this software is not even ready for beta testing. I tried sharing my post on bicycle touring to the site and it keeps coming back to me with "No Large Images Found." I know for a fact there are large images on that page freely accessible to web spiders, they even have the metadata for the alt text set for every image. There should be plenty to pull from just in the text of the page. On top of that, I also have set the 'link rel="image_src"' and 'meta property="og:image"' set for this page, both pointing to valid files freely accessible over the internet.
I wonder why it can't read my page, but I'm not going to wonder that much. If they don't support the industry standard tags for images how are they going to hope to create a new platform? And what sort of bar are they setting for web developers in their definition of 'large image?' Do all of my images have to be at least 1000 pixels wide to make that tiny little thumbnail image?
I don't think I will be using this service much, and I hope they don't succeed with their platform as is. This needs a lot of work, I'm not impressed.