Pinterest Update Expands Your Article Pins

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Pinterest is expanding its set of “rich pins” to include more details about pinned articles, the company announced Tuesday. Now, when users pin a story or article to a board, the pin will also contain other relevant information such as the author’s name, the article title, a brief description and a larger link.

Previously, articles pinned on Pinterest only contained photos from the article with a link at the bottom. (Users who wanted to include the article title or description had to add it manually.)

“We’re always looking for ways to make pins more useful so that when you discover and pin something great, it’s easy to act on it, whether that’s cooking a dish, watching a movie, buying a new gadget or reading an article,” Jon Parise, a software engineer at Pinterest, wrote on the company’s blog.

Pinterest is hoping that the change will encourage more users to pin and share articles they find interesting. The new updates could also encourage more media outlets to utilize Pinterest as a tool to promote content with
readers like they do with Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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Pinterest says that users are pinning five million articles to the site per day and many use reading boards to save articles to consume at a later time. As of Tuesday, the new feature will only work with articles from a small number of publications, including Mashable, Rolling Stone and The New Yorker. Pinterest plans to expand the feature to all article pins “shortly after that,” according to a company spokesperson.

The new update will also roll out on mobile “soon,” per Pinterest’s blog post.

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Images: mkhmarketing; Pinterest


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