Is it right for Pinterest to go the Twitter way?

PinterestPinterest is the latest social networking tool that is rapidly gaining popularity and fan base due to its design that intrinsically provides for shareable content, which is basically an element of the design seen in most websites. Pinterest has taken this very popular element and allowed users to experiment with the online content of their liking which they ‘pin’ to their profiles and share on a seamless platform for others to see and like. Pinterest allows users to add people who’s ‘pinned’ news and internet ‘stuff’ they’d like to follow making it an interactive social network that is essentially celebrates internet and encourages the culture of social share-ability.

However, there is a raging debate the is currently focusing on the API that Pinterest hasn’t yet released into the public domain for fears on over manipulation and loss of the original social tool structure. API is short for Application Programming Interface which allows developers and programmers to add features as desired and sometime on demand for majority users. The aspect designed runs only on the interface of the social tool and is available for users to use through a financial model which varies from developer to developer. While comparisons are rife about the usage of API and Pinterest’s fears that the tool may eventually go the twitter way that left many developers angry when their additions to the interface were remodeled and integrated into the newer versions of Twitter as a whole.

It is logical to consider the kind of connectivity and user interface that these two provide in order to justify or un-justify (so to say) Pinterest’s reluctance in releasing the API. Firstly, Twitter is all about airing your by-the-minute views and opinions even as you are having them allowing people to be actively online and engaged with the website and their followers, depending on usage. While content sharing is a feature, it isn’t a strong facet as compared with Pinterest which in effect may be inviting the trouble of getting too locked off and sidelined because of their reluctance of coming out and learning for others, like Twitter did. However, if Pinterest does not want to leave ad-hoc developers in the lurch later on, it might have to learn a thing or two from the experience Twitter has had.

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