PinView: The Unwanted Birth of a Pinterest & Facebook Baby
PinView is a Facebook app that was launched last Thursday to let you view your Facebook timeline as you would view a Pinterest board. Once installed, PinView reformats your timeline into a grid for an instant view of friends' photos, videos, and updates. PinView also lets users sort by popularity and other non-real time features...kind of like you're in Facebook limbo.
A supposed strength of PinView is that it prevents constant scrolling. When did scrolling become a difficult task? Another supposed plus is that it gives users the option to view pictures...a lot of them, because that's more important than functionality.
The concept of networking with friends has gone completely out the window and the convenience of viewing a flood of photos at once seems to be the leading factor. PinView is too photo-heavy, cluttered, and turns status updates into giant quotes--I hate quotes!
Remember when Facebook was based on chronological features? It would be kind of nice if Facebook's timeline was based on...well, time. But instead of fixing that, Facebook launches an app that will disorient us even more. Demographics show that there are more old people on Facebook now than ever before and I don't think they're going to like this very much.