Any start-up that’s growing at warp speed is bound to hit some potholes and speed bumps along the way. Pinterest is no different: the social network was highly unstable in December and January and lost its search box for a while at the end of last month. But fans of the fast-growing virtual pin board are quick to forgive these issues, trusting that the young company, which raised a $27 million round last October, is working hard to increase capacity and stabilize its servers.
A small number of Pinterest power users are testing the limits of what Pinterest is able to do. And they are bumping into unexpected–and undocumented–limitations and rules.
There is no information about either issue in the Pinterest site Help section or other documentation.
Heidi and other users have also reported an apparent bug with the sites ability to search boards. The default keyword search turns up individual Pins, but there is an option to search People or Boards. If you select Boards or People, the site finds two boards or user accounts…and then hangs.
The biggest frustration for users like Heidi Kay and others have is the lack of communication from the company. Email messages requesting support go unanswered. The company has still not commented on the widely-reported news that it was adding affiliate links to its users Pins. The Pinterest blog hasn’t been updated since January 18, and the Pinterest Twitter account has sent only 5 tweets this year.
Super users and other Pinterest fans would love to help the company improve its offerings. “We’re doing cutting-edge things, and Pinterest should be listening to our ideas,” says PediaStaff’s Heidi Kay. She and other users have shared a list of features that they would love to see Pinterest add to its service.
Here’s the Pinterest Superuser’s Wish List:
What’s your Pinterest wish list? Have you run into any additional limitations or problems?