Unfollowing On Pinterest
Pinterest is one of my favourite social networks, and part of the reason is because it has a great Android application. For the unfamiliar, Pinterest is the equivalent of an online scrapbook for picture and video sharing. Users build and share boards containing pins, or images. Over the years, Pinterest has evolved the service, introducing adverts and buyable pins for example, but at it’s centre there’s a smooth, functional and easy to understand application that’s perfect for novice smartphone or tablet users. For a writer trying to describe an outfit, the bride planning a Texan country wedding, or the smartphone user looking for a suitable wallpapers without reading this, Pinterest is a definite starting point.
As an application, Pinterest isn’t perfect. It’s easy to share or send pins on the site, and it’s easy to download pins to your device but you cannot change that these pins are downloaded to internal storage. You cannot specify a microSD card. Over time a novice user could easily fill precious internal storage with media, which is where an application such as MoveIt can be useful. Another problem with Pinterest happens when you need to unfollow a large number of users.
Admittedly, this isn’t something that many people will need to do often, and that’s good because the Pinterest application is simply not very good at it! When you unfollow a user or board, a floating notification appears at the bottom of the application screen. The notification sticks around for a period of time, but it’s shunted up if you unfollow somebody else. As you unfollow more and more users, so each notification is pushed higher up the display. They do disappear but usually not before they have gotten in the way of unfollowing more users. Sometimes your finger is a mere dozen or so molecules from tapping an unfollow button and a notification appears in the way. Instead of unfollowing the user, you are taken to the user screen of another Pinterest user you’ve just unfollowed. You have to tap the back button before you can continue unfollowing. Also, in my testing each unfollow action used over 100 KB of data.
Pinterest is one of those applications that works much better on the app compared with the browser, but I tried it on Google Chrome anyway. Unfortunately, it’s not just the smartphone application: the Pinterest mobile website has the same delays and notification when unfollowing. But luckily, I won’t have to perform bulk Pinterest unfollows frequently.