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Natalie Galland

10+ Sites, Which are Almost Same as Pinterest

As one of the pioneers in the bookmarking sites Pinterest provides its millions of users with great collections of images and related content as per their requirements and needs. The times change, people’s needs change and because the web is made up of competitors and alternative interest have its competitors too. I would like to introduce sites which are not just copy or look like Pinterest. Some of them are providing even more than Pinterest does. So this post would not be just about Pinterest clones or Pinterest copycats, but more about Pinterest alternatives or similar sites like Pinterest. Actually this post is mostly about the Pinterest competitors. You will notice that some of the websites listed here are absolutely new for you, but some of them are actually quite popular if you check their ranks and monthly visitors.





Number One is assigned for Piccsy .Piccsy is inspired by Pinterest, Google Images and Flipboard at the same time, so it really worth to have a look at least. I think you will be interested to give it a try if you know that the monthly visitors exceed 3,5 mln users! You also will find that the motto of Piccsy "Revolutionizing The Way People Discover, Share and Interact with Images Online" is not just another nice, inspiring slogan. It is true. Piccsy a social sharing platform which provide for users a great environment to discover new things from Internet, based on personalized streams. Basically Piccsy is providing options which Google, Pinterest, Tumbler and many others social bookmarking platforms are lacking. Piccsy helps you discover the images you love by setting up your preferences and interests or topics which here are named Streams. The inspiring topics include advertising, art, crafts, fashion, photography, design, music, toys, animals and many more.





The Second one in my list of Pinterest-like sites is We Heart It .Similar to Pinterest, We Heart It is an image-based social network for inspiring images. After registering which can be done by using one of their social accounts, the users can choose various Collections or Inspirations to follow,based on their requirements. The initial setup of the topics is similar to Pinterest."A home for your inspiration" and a place to "Organize and share the things you love." is what describes We Heart It best.The users of We Heart It can exchange not only inspirations and links, but also messages. The website with over 45 million users is multilingual and by now there are 24 languages available. We Heart It site is very Pinterest-alike and you can share intriguing photos or links, to follow people or brands and to have followers. There are some limitations when saving link with photos-they should not be less than 240 pixels by 200. pixels,which is fair enough. In general We Heart It is not much different from Pinterest, so if you never used or you are tired of Pinterest by some reason-you can give it a try.It is a great site for storing your bookmarks, sharing interests and finding new friends. The site can be accessed through a web browser but  We Heart It has also iOS and Android mobile apps.





The third place is for PearlTrees.The latter is a social, visual collaborative tool which supports the interests of the registered users. By the installing the WebClipper extension in their browsers users can add/bookmark  images, text, videos or pages while browsing. Apart of the usual items for storing and sharing on PearlTrees users can also can also extract an embed code and past it into blogs and other content management systems, save notes or files and access them from any device. The product allows users to drag and drop content, to use snippets and to collaborate in teams when curate topics and more. There is an option for upgrade of the free membership, which is ads-free, provides extra storage space for the saved items and have some extras like private bookmarking. The product itself is something really different and have different approach to the social bookmarking, visualization and teamwork, which makes it interesting. PearlTrees is also available as an iPhone/iPad and Android application.




As number four comes Fancy .What is Fancy? Similar to Pinterest as visual appearance, Fancy is a global community and a multilingual e-commerce site for curated content,based on interests. Users can discover, share and buy goods from thousands of advertised in the Fancy comunity stores. Fancy is something similar to Amazon ,but empowered with notes of a social community. On finding something interesting to share, users utilize the bookmarklet tool(which has to be installed to web browser) to select an image and describe it, and then add it to their personal feeds. The image is automatically linked back to the page from where it was found. Apart of the bookmarking option users may also upload images, and describe them within the subcategories of either women, kids, men, art, pets, home, gadgets, food, media or other. Like in Pinterest and other social places, users can also “follow” others whose tastes they like. Users who generate a lot of interest are rewarded with honorary titles for their curatorial prowess. Fancy also has mobile applications for iPhone/iPad  and Android platforms.




The fifth place in my list belongs to Stash ,which provides a smart way for bookmarking and something different than saving bookmarks for web pages. With  Stash users can save anything they find on internet and because the platform is cross-device type, the bookmarks can be pushed from one device to another. Interesting here is saved bookmarks are automatically categorized and organized by artificial intelligence (AI) and the links can be set up with reminders for a later visit.The Stash categories include properties,jobs,images,videos,wikis,books,files,songs,articles,recipes,products,repositories...Anything.The platform uses smart tagging (auto-recommended tags)so you not only save what you find, but also find what you save. Users also can create directly bookmarks from  their browsers ( Chrome, Safari or Firefox) or include items from Pocket, Instapaper and Evernote.The quick sharing is available and it is useful when engaging links are found, so these can be shared with your contacts.



NB:With Stash, you can save anything you find on the internet or in other apps. Anything from interesting articles on NYTimes, to your bucket list of restaurants from Yelp, to your weekend getaway options on AirBnb. Stash is currently a paid website.



As number six comes Etsy, which is still the most famous Pinterest-style alternative at the moment. As you know the Etsy e-community includes creative entrepreneurs who sell on the platform, thoughtful consumers looking to buy unique goods in Etsy's marketplace, retailers and manufacturers who partner with Etsy sellers to help them grow their businesses.





Number seven-the Gawkerverse is a network of curated, blogger submitted photo gallery websites,similar to Pinterest and good alternatives of it. Gawkerverse sites are dedicated to showcasing and curation and include Foodgawker, Craftgawker, Weddinggawker, Dwellinggawker and Stylegawker. For instance Dwellinggawker is a curated photo gallery that allows you the visual search and discovery of ideas to inspire your living place or work space. On Dwellinggawker users can find photography submitted by design and architecture bloggers from around the world. The editors of Gawkerverse review submissions daily and choose the highest quality, stunning images to showcase to the audiences. Users can organize their favorites by tags and saving notes and of course share the interesting items in other social networks.




As number eight I decided to mention two competitive websites. Both DudePins and GentleMint as their names suggest are dedicated to the gentlemen and also both of them are good competitors of Pinterest. Even their favicons are similar. Gentlemint is a community for sharing and discussing all things manly and the featured topics include Cars, Alcohol , Food, Interesting architecture, Fitness and Popular culture. Gentlemint has blog and podcasts. As appearance DudePins is pretty much the same as Pinterest, with similar options. Enjoy, Gents.







 As number nine goes Designspiration ,which as the name suggests is a website or a hub, oriented to the designers and designers communities.Designspiration is an intuitive user platform and this makes it extremely easy for anyone to share and interact with other people.Designspiration helps creativity and it's a wonderful tool for collecting and sharing ideas. Designspiration was created with the main purpose of easily providing inspiration for creatives.



Number ten in my list is for Behance.If you are a designer or freelancer, then Behance and its community can be really useful and help you to make a perfect online resume for yourselves. If you you are a designer or just  love the idea of being creative, then for sure you should be a part of this community and this is really good choice if you’re in search for Pinterest alternatives for designers and creative people.



The last one from the list of the Pinterest's competitors is for Main and Me ,which is dedicated to independent, local shopping. Shopping in your city, town or neighborhood. Main and Me is an eCommerce website in the Pinterest style and is founded on the principle of helping people discover the best products, sales and events offered by the independent businesses in their community. As one of the rivals of Pinterest the application is neat and useful for the business owners and the customers and the similarity comes from the easy way to showcase photos of everything. The new and loyal customers can follow their favorite stores and to keep on top of what's hot and what's new. If you have your store, starting a store page on Main and Me is free,simple and fast. The use of Snap, Caption, and Check In a photo reminds a bit Yelp's way of businesses promotion. Main and Me is dedicated to local independent stores and provides a nice space so their owners can compete with malls, big box stores and the Internet Shopping. By helping them make their inventory "discoverable" online Main and Me supports the local businesses, while the customers benefit saved expenses from transportation and less time required for deliveries of the selected items.






As the time goes by the popularity of sites delivering to their users useful and interesting, curated online content  which is more “visual” and more “social” will increase. Brands such as Pinterest who pioneered and established new ways and standards for content delivery to the users became even more popular, but it is obvious their competition is getting stronger, which at the end will result to even better content to be created or curated and presented to the end users-customers and consumers.




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