A Pinterest Clone for Every Interest
I started out on Pinterest in the summer of 2010. I was part of a Pin It Forward blog project where each of us wrote about What Home Means To Me after creating a pinboard around the topic. I liked the site but didn’t use it much for about another year. Although I like Pinterest and use it regularly now, I’ve been as surprised as anyone else about how much it’s taken off in recent months. What doesn’t surprise me is that now that it’s become popular there are suddenly loads of Pinterest clones.
Some of the Pinterest clones are truly almost exact replicas of the site. Pinspire is an example of that. Those don’t interest me. Why go somewhere other than Pinterest to do what you can do there? But what does interest me is the niche Pinterest alternatives that are designed specifically to visually network with others who share the same unique interests that you do.
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Allure of Niche Sites
I’ve always liked niche sites better than big sites on the web. I like Ravelry (knit and crochet social networking) better than Facebook and Hookey (just crochet social networking) better than Facebook. I liked Mixx a lot better than Digg when I was into social bookmarking and I liked Hugg (green bookmarking) and Kirtsy (girly bookmarking) better than Mixx. So naturally I’m interested in the niche Pinterest clones. And believe me, there is a site for just about everything that could visually interest you.
Like Travel? There’s a Pinterest for That
There are quite a few Pinterest clones for people who love sharing travel photos and travel ideas. Trippy is a top choice from what I can tell. Another choice is Wanderfly which includes some features of Yelp-style or TripAdvisor-style reviews to help with travel plans. I think these are fun sites to look at for daydreaming about travel. They may also help with getting ideas for travel planning. And I think that there’s potential for niche travel sites to be used to plan group travel in an efficient and fun way. If nothing else it’s the type of tool that a group travel planning site could easily adopt and adapt to suit their users’ needs.
Like Foursquare and Facebook Check In? Try This.
UrbanTag is billed by many people as a Pinterest clone that falls in the travel category. However, I think it’s more like a Foursquare for Pinterest lovers. You can tag the places you’ve been, including a photo, the location and some notes about it. You can recommend places to others and you can create boards to remember places that you want to check out. Everplaces is another Pinterest alternative that is sort of a travel Pinterest but to me seems mostly like a Foursquare alternative.
Like Social Networking? Here’s a Pinterest Alternative
Kulisha is an interesting site that takes the format of Pinterest and applies it to aggregating your social sites so that you can look at posts from those sites in a different way. Currently you can connect just your Facebook and Twitter accounts. When you do, the feeds from both are fed into a Pinterest-style visual display. I can’t see a way yet to connect multiple accounts from either of these sites. And it doesn’t actually have the sharing feature that is so critical to a Pinterest site. I think some work would need to be done to make a site like this useful but it’s an interesting idea.
How About Music? Yep, there’s one of those Too.
Sworly takes the idea of a Pinterest and applies it to music sharing. When you look at your board you see images of album covers, the name of the song and album, how many “hearts” or “repins” it got from others and, if applicable, a link to the song on iTunes. You can post songs by typing ideas into a search engine. It’s got some work to go on it but another interesting niche idea.
Like Fashion and Style? There’s a Pinterest for That
Actually, there are quite a few Pinterest clones for fashion and style lovers, which makes a bit of sense since this is absolutely a visual-rich niche interest. I personally adore several of these sites. I don’t actually buy high end fashion or designer labels but I think that fashion ads and style blog posts are often super artistic and fun to look at. The niche Pinterest clones for the fashion and style lover are Spark Rebel (my personal favorite) and Stylepin.
I also have to give a small shout out to Polyvore here. This isn’t a Pinterest clone; it’s definitely it’s own site with its own design and vibe. But it’s a great alternative to Pinterest if you’re a fashion lover!
Love Weddings? Yep, You Guessed It.
Weddings are a big business these days so it’s hardly any surprise that there’s a niche Pinterest clone specific to the wedding market. It’s called Tailored. It incorporates some fun features, like helping you find your personal wedding style, that make it unique from just looking at wedding pins on Pinterest.
Like Instagram? There’s a Pinterest for That
If there’s any recent app craze that is comparable to the Pinterest craze is the Instagram craze. People have absolutely fallen in love with taking these modern day Polaroid photos to share with others. So perhaps it’s only natural that there’s now Pingram.me, a Pinterest style visual sharing site specifically for sharing Instagram photos. You can already share through Instagram, of course, but this provides you a different format for looking at the shared images that perhaps you prefer if you’re a Pinterest fan.
Like Boy Things? Pinterest Alternatives for Men
One of the criticisms of Pinterest has been that it’s too girly. Naturally, there are now Pinterest alternatives for men. Guys who want to share images of men’s style, sports things and cars can use Manteresting. A more general range of guy interests seem to be making their way onto Gentlemint. And there’s Dart It Up for “dudes” which uses virtual “dartboards” in place of pins.
Like Porn? Yep, there’s a Pinterest for That
I suppose it goes without saying why this would be a good niche for visual Pinterest-style displays. There are probably several sites like this but the one that I know of is Snatchly. Classy, clearly. It appears to be mostly posts of porn for straight men.
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