Stick a pin in it! by Paul Ford of Readability and Postlight
Joyce Park stashed this in Code
Hilarious (if you're a webdev) account of reverse-engineering an unappealing grabby web "service" from Pinterest. As a PandaWhale founder, it's sort of funny yet sad that Pinterest might be going in the direction of pinning whole articles...
Why is it funny? Because Pinterest users don't actually want that?
Btw, after reading this Medium post about Pinterest's questionable tactics, I wonder what they were thinking.
Up until Friday, we’ve been in awe of Pinterest. They have built an enormous platform, shipped some amazing products, and stay focused on their users rather than on getting headlines. Ad injection via plugins seems like a weird step for them to take to promote their new bookmarking service, but they have commercial pressures we can only imagine. It feels off, is all.
On the vanishingly small chance that someone from Pinterest’s leadership reads this, we suggest that Pinterest stop inserting vaguely-defined promotions on other people’s sites, “experiment” or not.
If not willing to do that, Pinterest should at least make clear to their users where the ads are coming from. Just adding some text to the injected ad, such as, “You’re seeing this message because you installed the Pin It Button for Chrome,” would be a good start. Clarity is a sign of respect. Or do a colored stripe across the top of the page, which is a better-known pattern for promotional ad injection, along with a “don’t show me this again” opt-out.
And all that aside, please fix the regular expression on line 1031 in cr_139.js.If Pinterest is going to do the wrong thing, they should at least do it well.