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.

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Is Apple Going iCloud a Good Idea? Convince Me.

Steve Jobs of Apple recently announced Apple is going “cloud”, essentially declaring the end of the age of the personal computer becoming the central hub of people’s digital lives (NY Times, Jun 6 2011).

Essentially, Apple is proposing the replacement of a hard drive in a computer with storing and syncing things online so you have access to all of your stuff on any device in any place at any time. The iCloud service starts with photos, music, files and software.

Sounds really great until you stop and think about a few things.

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