Pinterest Rolling Out French Version

Pinterest in French

Pinterest appear to be rolling out the French-language translation of their site.

We’ve seen the new language option appearing on the site, though we’re not seeing it consistently just yet.

Are you seeing it available as one of the language choices now?

And what will an influx of more French style mean for the site?

 

Want a Job at Pinterest? Here’s What They’re Hiring For

Jobs at Pinterest
Pinterest have just updated their ‘careers’ page with a number of new roles. Here are the extra roles they’re now hiring for:

  • Software Engineer (Intern)
  • Software Engineer (New Grad)
  • Software Engineer (Intern)
  • Software Engineer (New Grad)
  • Partner Engineer
  • Head of Partner Marketing
  • Partner Manager
  • Head of Community Marketing
  • Head of Community Operations
  • Country Manager, Japan

Is it time for you to get a job at Pinterest?

 

Pinterest Team Update their Official Pinterest Page

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Pinterest’s Pinterest page is back.

As just announced on the official Pinterest blog, the Pinterest team has resurrected their own Pinterest account to share goings-on in their office and relating to Pinterest.

Makes sense.

But what do I like best about this?

What I like best is their nifty use of colour for their board covers. It really makes the profile stand out. Good inspiration for us all!

What do you think of Pinterest’s profile page? (You can see it here.)

And have you come across other ideas for making Pinterest profile pages stand out?

Pinterest Error: “You have exceeded the maximum rate of users followed”

You have exceeded the maximum rate of users followed

Are you seeing a Pinterest error saying “You have exceeded the maximum rate of users followed. Slow down a little. (error code fl1)?”

Some readers are reporting seeing this error message when they try to follow someone new. This happens despite them not doing anything excessive. Unfortunately, in these cases it tends to be very difficult to get any response from the Pinterest support team about why, specifically, it is happening. The support team is almost certainly overwhelmed with incoming support queries from Pinterest’s enormous user base.

Have you seen this message?

Have you got any advice for others who are confronted by it?

 

Pinterest Add German and Dutch Language Options

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Pinterest have just added German and Dutch language options to the site.

The new options (“Deutch” and “Nederlands”) bring Pinterest’s language option tally to 7, though that number includes two variants of both Spanish and Portuguese.

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It’s Official: You No Longer Need an Invitation to Join Pinterest

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It’s official: You no longer need an invitation to join Pinterest.

Pinterest announced the change with a post on their blog yesterday afternoon. Some people are speculating that the change is something Pinterest have wanted to do for a long while, but were holding off on until they felt confident their systems could manage a big influx of new users. Pinterest’s $100 million investment received in May has likely helped them improve their infrastructure.

According to the best data we’ve seen, Pinterest’s growth has been fairly steady over the last few months; down from the explosive growth they experienced previously, but still impressive for a social network of their already huge size. It will be interesting to see if opening up registration will accelerate things.

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Pinterest Accounts Hacked: Reports of Pins Being Deleted

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Has your Pinterest account been hacked?

There is worrying news for Pinterest users. As reported by LLsocial, numerous Pinterest accounts appear to have been hacked into, resulting, in some cases, in pins being deleted and spam pins being added by the hackers.

Pinterest seem to have been aware of the issue for some time.

Pinterest Accounts Hacked: Reports of Pins Being Deleted

Last week they posted an update to their support pages, saying that some Pinterest accounts are being locked as a result of suspicious activity. The users are logged out and prevented from accessing the account until they’ve reset their password.

Unfortunately, if this happens to you, Pinterest say there is no way to recover lost pins or boards.

This is a serious worry for Pinterest users. Not only are spam pins being placed on people’s accounts, but lovingly-curated boards are being lost.

Pinterest isn’t the only popular site to have had security issues recently. Over the last few weeks, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Last.fm have all reported compromised accounts.

If you receive a notification from Pinterest saying that your account has been locked, they now have a survey that you can fill in to help them investigate the issue. You can complete it here.

We’ll keep you updated on this issue as we get more information.

Have you noticed anything strange with your account lately? How do you feel Pinterest should be responding to these new security concerns?

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Rakuten CEO ‘Would Love to Buy Pinterest’

The Man Who Would Love to Buy Pinterest
Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani says he would love to buy Pinterest. But he doesn’t think they would sell.

Mikitani is not just any Japanese businessman. He’s the CEO of Rakuten, the Amazon of Japan, and his company led a $100 million investment in Pinterest earlier this year.

In an interview by the New York Times, Mikitani said he thought the price he paid for the share of Pinterest (at a reported $1.5 billion valuation) was more than fair and that, if the company came up for sale, he’d “love to buy”.

Could we see Pinterest being acquired by this Japanese company one day? Only time will tell.

How about you? Do you feel Pinterest is worth $1.5 billion?

Pinterest: Now You Can Pin in European Portuguese

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Portuguese people can now use Pinterest in their native language.

Pinterest have been releasing their international translations thick and fast over the last few weeks. Today’s release adds European Portuguese to the selection.

Pinterest’s international language options now comprise: English, Iberian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese.

It’s surprising that Pinterest are setting up multiple variations of Spanish and Portuguese before having other languages at all. Perhaps it’s just what’s been easiest for whatever reason.

Will we be seeing American English vs. British English next?

Pinterest European Portuguese Language Option

Are you Portuguese? If so, how is the new Pinterest translation for your language looking?

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Revealed: Man Making Thousands Via Fake Comments on Top Blogs

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A provider of shady Pinterest marketing services is currently making thousands of dollars by spamming top blogs with fake comments promoting his offering.

If you’ve read articles about Pinterest marketing lately, you might have come across one of his comments already.

They go a bit like this (a comment from a recent article from Econsultancy):

My experience with pinterest:

I’ve used pinterest to optimize my site’s ranking and it jumped from page 9 to #5 within 2 weeks.

I found that the seller named “pinterest”, which ranked first when you search “pinterest” at Fiverr, has produced the best results on my websites. The seller pins my site with 75 different people, not sure how he did this, but it has improve my SERP’s ranking. I’ve tried 5 other sellers who offer pinterest gigs on Fiverr but they can’t improve my site’s ranking. I don’t know why.

Some known advantages of pinterest for seo:
– Google loves social media signal.
– Each pin is considered as 3 inbound links.
– Links and images from pinterest are dofollow!

That comment is from a user calling themselves “Navita” on 25th June 2012.

Here’s another comment (now deleted) from our own blog, this time from a user calling themselves Tom Moten, on 16th June 2012. Note the similar pattern:

I have used pinterest on my website and the result was great, it jumped from page 8 to #3 in just 3 weeks time.

The key is we must got our website pinned and repinned by many people, which is the hardest part. Most of pinterest users won’t doing repin when they aren’t like what we pinned.

I do simple thing to outsource it on fiverr and got my site pinned by 75 people, I don’t know how can he did it just search by typing pinterest on fiverr and you will find it on the TOP. Many other seller offer pinterest service on fiverr but in my experience they can’t make my website increase in SEO. I don’t know why.

Three Reasons why pinterest is good for SEO:
1. Once our website pinned it has backlinks counts.
2. You need to ping the links of your pins to the to get your website increase in SEO.
3. Even though Pinterest does not support anchor text (except the url link), it’s still perfect for placing our keywords in description.

And here’s a third one from a Mashable article on 3rd June by someone apparently called Norb Winslow(!):

Nice post! By the way, I have used pinterest on my site and the result was awesome, my site jumped from page 8 to #3 at first page in around 3 weeks time.

The key is we must got our website pinned and repinned by many people, which is the toughest part. Most of pinterest users won’t doing repin when they aren’t like what we pinned.

I do simple thing to outsource it on fiverr and got my site pinned by 75 people, I don’t know how can he did it just search by typing pinterest on fiverr and you will find it on the TOP. Many other seller offer pinterest service on fiverr but in my experience they can’t make my website increase in SEO. I don’t know why.

4 Reasons why Pinterest is great for SEO:
1. You need to ping the links of your pins to the to get your website increase in SEO.
2. Even not support anchor text (except the url link), it’s still perfect for placing our keywords in description. Google will read it.
3. Google interest in social media signal so it will not tagged as links farm.
4. Once our website pinned it has 3 backlinks counts.

Call me a cynic, but these look pretty suspicious to me.

Fiverr is a marketplace where you can hire people to do small tasks for $5. The seller (username “pinterest”) being promoted in all these blog comments currently has 1061 reviews. That means he’s made, at the very least, thousands of dollars of sales so far. And with 113 orders in his queue, that looks set to continue for some time.

If you’re wondering what service he’s offering for $5, that’s shady too: he offers to use 75 different Pinterest accounts to promote your website.

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