Pinterest is Testing a New Look. Here's How to Get On Board!
The social networking version of show and tell has a new look and feel, albeit keeping (and improving upon) its picturesque appeal.
The new and improved version of Pinterest gives a lot more space to highlight a selected pin in larger format. Currently, pin view shows a highlighted pin in the middle of the screen, along with a description, the ability to comment, and some info on what interactions the pin has had.
The new pin view has a lot more information, designed, of course, to get you to explore a bit more in the board that holds the image - perhaps to repin or comment on more content. It's definitely an invitation to spend even more time on the popular site.
When in normal view, Pinterest has upgraded the hyperlink to the originating board that a particular pin came from to include a thumbnail image. They've also eschewed the simple navigation links at the top of the page for a slider tab at the upper left. Clicking on the tab down reveals a wealth of Pinterest-wide image categories, along with pins from who you follow, and what's popular across Pinterest.
As shown on their blog, the slider will also be rolled out on Pinterest's mobile version.
The engineers at Pinterest are definitely moving to combine their web and mobile interface experiences seamlessly into one, but it remains to be seen whether or not hiding the categories link behind the slider will lower socialization with strangers sharing great content on the network.
Not to be satisfied with dressing up the windows, Pinterest engineer Vy Phan says they're also revamping their back-end to make your online experience faster. On a site that loads hundreds of images in varying sizes, this is a definite sign Pinterest is thinking ahead.
The new look, as so many other social network upgrades go, will be released to a select few as part of a beta testing phase. There might be a few bumps in the road as they improve the final product, but if you're feeling adventurous, you can click here to request to join the beta test.
Images courtesy Pinterest blog.