There seems to be a lot of services out of Internet now they’re just clamoring for you to make their service your personal little pin board, if you will, of all the favorite things you like. Services like Pinterest, Instagram and Pocket are just some of the services that are looking to become more popular by collecting information, from their user base, by collecting which products, services and websites you like to frequent.
The services are social-based services, they’re not utilitarian. These social-based clipping services are trying to collect information that can be used commercially or in a business environment where customer data, or customer loyalty and the measured. A utilitarian example of a clipping service would be Evernote. While Evernote could be used for social clipping service, the model for Evernote seemed to be more of the utilitarian; keeping more useful information in one place, in the cloud, and something that can keep information synchronized through multiple devices.
The social clipping services, seem to be offering the people really take to, although the clear goal of their usefulness is not overly clear. Using social clipping services is almost like having an empty treasure chest and then having to fill it up with all the things you find interesting; your own little private treasure chest of knickknacks.
But why would you and start using other social clipping services when you have things like Google+ and Facebook; why would you venture out to other services like that we can simply keep track of all the things that you like via Facebook. Or why wouldn’t you try to use services like del.icio.us, Google bookmarks or other online services that bookmark information?
The only difference that I can see between services like Pinterest, delicious and Facebook is that Pinterest offers a visual bookmarking service so that people can come to your Pinterest web address and do all the things he you find interesting; a visual profile everything that you like. Whereas if you go to someone’s delicious account you’re just see a bunch of links, and if you transition over to Facebook or someone has ‘liked’ all the things that they like through Facebook; Facebook‘s timeline just doesn’t make it attractive. Facebook‘s timeline is more of an irritation than anything…
I find it funny that a service like Pinterest could be so interesting and attractive to people based on the fact that when they clip stuff socially, putting a collectively on one website, everything that they like, in a visual format that it’s so much more interesting visually than it is with something like Google bookmarks or delicious. It’s the same information, just displayed in a visual format.
The utilitarian clipping services have a benefit over what Pinterest offers. The utilitarian clipping services typically have plug-ins for the web browsers allow them to quickly go to and research, and bookmark, information that’s informative and it’s a resource they can tag for later. But because Pinterest creates a website visually of all the things that their users like, it’s already started a firestorm discussion over the legalities of duplicating content, pictures and text’s on the Pinterest website. The Pinterest website clearly says that the individuals that have Pinterest accounts are solely responsible for any copyright infringement for any content that is pinned there page, and that those members, before they pin content, should have express permission from the respective authors and or artist(s).
Utilitarian services don’t have this problem. They simply keep a URL of the information that they found useful so that they can come back to it later… The clipping services that are there for a legitimate use, and not therefore entertainment, are the services that I think are going to last longer. I’m not putting a lot of stock in to services like Instagram or Pinterest. and while I understand that it’s entertaining, and that there’s a ‘whee’ value to the content that’s being pinned or clipped; I think people are forgetting that by allowing the services to keep track of everything that they like they’re not doing anything more than exposing their personal private preferences on all their likes and dislikes.
While privacy is a big issue for some people; it’s not a big issue to other people. I don’t think privacy is a big issue to people until they realize that the information that they’re sharing can be potentially used against him.
The biggest, and the most important reason for the services; the thing that draws the most attention to these clipping services are the bigger social networks like Facebook and Google+. Facebook is the largest social entity and most likely the quickest to absorb any other service that socially attractive, whereas Google is probably the most likely to examine and replicate alike service using their own like services.
I, personally, don’t have a problem with using services like Google+ or Facebook, but I don’t use those services as a web clipping mechanism. If I like a website, I’ll bookmark the location. If I like a picture, I will bookmark the location… It’s not a requirement for me to do it socially… and I’m not really use a website that puts me in the position of being legally at risk.
If you utilize those services, I’d like to hear what you like about them so much…
Larry Henry Jr.
…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11