Pinterest, Pinspire, very Pinteresting

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Eavesdropping on a random tweet conversation via Holly of Decor8 & Anna of Doorsixteen, I followed a link about a new copycat site called Pinspire. By the name I immediately knew it was a clone of Pinterest and while I’ve seen this happening all over the internet on various different levels, I wondered if it was morally right.

So what did I do? What anyone would do! I immediately signed up and began “pinning” just to see how it worked. And right down to the color scheme {though Pinterest is prettier}, it’s exactly the same. I think the only difference is that it incorporates international users where maybe Pinterest doesn’t? I also think anyone can sign up instead of the elitist invite system that Pinterest uses. {UPDATE: Thanks to my lovely commenters, the above two sentences are moot. Pinterest does incorporate both international users & allows anyone to join – so yeah, direct rip off. I will be interested to see how far they get as well} Really, it’s the same as Tumblr or Craftgawker or We Heart it or any other site where you can pull images off the internet without really crediting a source. But it’s also a fun place to store inspiration too. So, if you can’t beat em, join em!


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

16 Comments

  • Pointy Pix

    December 21, 2011 | Reply

    I’m a member of pinterest so they do allow international pinners. i wish i had more time to spend as when i do visit i tend to get sucked into a whole world of pretty for hours so i think i probably shouldnt sigh up for another similar site or i’ll really never get any art done!

  • JJ @ 84thand3rd

    December 21, 2011 | Reply

    wow, it is a copy-cat – shame on them, at least try to be original to differentiate! Yep, Pinterest is definitely international and from what I can tell the ‘request an invite’ gets anyone an account doesn’t it? Oh well, it was only a mater of time!

  • Allison

    December 21, 2011 | Reply

    This is a direct copy. I’d be surprised if I didn’t hear about a lawsuit in their future. 🙁

  • Nadia

    December 21, 2011 | Reply

    I’m actually not in the US and use pinterest freely, so the international users are welcomed from the beginning 🙂 And I don’t remember being invited to join, I just created and account and started pinning… It’s kind of strange where you came up with this info…

    P.S. I love your blog, I’m just not the commenting type, unless it’s necessary :)))

  • Schnelle

    December 21, 2011 | Reply

    Wow they could’ve come up with a better name at least; like one that isn’t so similiar to the site they copied.

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    December 21, 2011 | Reply

    Wow so cute…

  • Erica

    December 21, 2011 | Reply

    Wow they look so similar! You can find me on Pinterest too 🙂

    http://pinterest.com/ericarkelly/

    http://www.theprettyfactor.blogspot.com

  • {andthisiswhatshesaid}

    December 21, 2011 | Reply

    Thats a bummer they copied… I take up enough time with one, haha. 🙂

  • alexandra

    December 21, 2011 | Reply

    I know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but isn’t this just plain copying? For a place about inspiring creativity and a community, they’re alienating a world of people who work hard to create and share original content by copying the template of another site. I suppose this makes me TEAM PINTEREST? 😉

  • BusyWorkingMama

    December 22, 2011 | Reply

    Love, love, love Pinterest!

  • Alex

    December 22, 2011 | Reply

    Oh my LORD! This is the exact same thing. It’s so similar I wouldn’t surprise me if it was started by some ex insider of Pinterest & he/she stole the first template for Pinterest because it is that similar. WEIRD!

  • Miss Sunny Annie

    December 22, 2011 | Reply

    lo0ve pintorest too!! would you like to visit my blog please…http://cerealsandlights.tumblr.com/

  • Jules

    December 22, 2011 | Reply

    Meagan! Thanks for posting about Pinspire! I had no idea and I am now officially hooked.
    I mentioned you on my blog today. Hope that was ok. 🙂
    You are one of my favorite bloggers!

    Jules

  • Anonymous

    December 24, 2011 | Reply

    rocket internet has been cloning US websites since ebay and haven’t been sued yet. it’s unlikely they will be facing a lawsuit anytime soon. for more info about the company: http://eu.techcrunch.com/2011/12/22/in-confidential-email-samwer-describes-online-furniture-strategy-as-a-blitzkrieg/

  • thegamergirl

    January 3, 2012 | Reply

    Tough choice between Pinterest and Pinspire. Why not have both? I’m enjoying Pinspire a lot though!

  • Anonymous

    January 16, 2012 | Reply

    haha lovely imitation by pinspire, so original… Btw: you have to check out this site: http://www.likedby.com They are similar to Pinterest but without the cloning ambition.

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