Pinterest Adds “Secret” Boards Feature, But Needs More Privacy Flexibility

Less than a week after I gave in to Pinterest, Pinterest introduced a feature I immediately wanted – secret boards that are limited in visibility to only those you choose. They’re useful for purposes like collecting gift ideas you don’t want friends and others to see, or just stuff you want to keep to yourself and/or select others. Try not to think porn here, eh? Otherwise, secret boards work like this:

  • You can create up to 3 secret boards. If you already have 3 secret boards but want to make a new one, you’ll need to delete one or make one of your current secret boards visible to everyone. If you’re invited to contribute to someone else’s secret board, it won’t count against your 3-board limit.
  • When you add a pin to a secret board, it won’t show up anywhere else on Pinterest—not in the category sections, Popular, Everything, anyone’s search results, your followers’ home feed, your own home feed, or even pins or activity pages on your profile.
  • Your secret boards and pins are at the bottom of your profile. Just scroll down to see them.

Unfortunately, you can’t convert any of your current public boards to a secret status. You can convert secret boards to public, but you can’t then turn them back. It seems Pinterest deems that once something is public, you can’t take it back. I can sort of understand why that might be, but I can’t understand why it can’t be.

If someone had repinned something you once had public, just break the link from where they repinned it, taking away the credit, if you will. Let them keep the link.

If someone were following that board, or every board you have in following you, taking it away with you making the board secret may not make them happy. However, they could be notified. Better yet, it could just disappear and if they cared enough about it, they can ask you about it. They can just figure it out that the board has been made secret because you changed your mind about leaving it public.

Now, why might someone want to convert a public board to a secret board? Well, you come up with your own reason, or you might find it at some point as you use Pinterest. But does it matter? What’s wrong with having the option? Ultimately, it is your board to decide to make public or leave secret, if the feature for the two were available, is it not?

Additionally, instead of having the secret boards be visible only to those with whom you wish to share, Pinterest should also have a feature where the secret boards could be visible to all except certain users. Perhaps they’re the ones you’re buying certain gifts for on your gift ideas boards, for example.

Overall, I don’t think these two features are exotic to ask for – converting between secret and public settings as you please, and having visibility to or blocked from some users. They’re almost standard privacy settings in other social media platforms like Facebook. So why can’t Pinterest do the same?

I hope Pinterest will think about these things and add the features soon! In the meanwhile, Secret Boards are a great new feature I’m really glad Pinterest has added. Now, what should I make secret boards of?

Get your head out of the gutter! 😉

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