If you have been chillin’ on Pinterest in the last few days, you might have seen a comment that caught your attention.
It typically reads, “This looks great! I am going to repost this on Pinspire… if this is ok with you!”.
What seems like a friendly stat boosting referral, is actually a second “pin” style site recently created in Europe. It’s called Pinspire, and the resemblances are uncanny.
First, let’s take a look at the typical front page of Pinterest.
Swapping now over to Pinspire, you see can see the similarities are more than just coincidence.
Pinspire is based out of Germany, and offers users the ability to view its site in several countries and languages. (You can view the US version here.) Copyright legality issues aside, it too seems to be a popular site for finding creativity and inspiration. And with more than 11,500 followers just on its Spanish based Facebook page, the site doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
Pinspire is not the first to imitate the popular scroll and pin format that so many love about Pinterest. Another site based out of Germany called “LikedBy” already has 1,45o Facebook followers and growing.
With the popularity and value of Pinterest, (recently valued at over $200 million) constantly growing, it’s no surprise several sites have popped up trying to achieve even a small slice of the creative pie. The question is, how far is too far when it comes to a blatantly obvious knock-off?
So what do you think? Will you be trying out Pinspire?
As for me, I noticed that a large majority of the pins originated from Pinterst. I don’t see a reason to follow another site just to pin the same things.
For some of you though, Pinspire might be ideal. If you’re getting tired of waiting for that invitation to Pinterest to finally go through, you will discover Pinspire only requires you to sign up. No more ridiculous waiting to be invited to a private club that everyone else and their dog already belongs to.
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Natalie Wright is a contributing writer at Organized Mom and Tech4Moms. You can also find her DIY blog online at natalme.com.