The social-media darling Pinterest is a not a site Joe Einhorn likes to talk about. In fact, Einhorn seems almost annoyed when I lump it together with his startup, New York-based Fancy. Sure, there are similarities: both sites offer ways for people to create streams of images they like -- rather, "pin," or "fancy" -- from around the Web. But Fancy has something more: a growing revenue stream.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Jeff, unimpressed with last night's Macy's Fireworks display, left his own message in the sky.
- San Diego fireworks fail ends as quickly as it starts.
- Dear Interns: Think twice before tweet-talking your coworkers.
Bathroom break video: Anaheim from Daniel shows us how to output 404 shirts using an mPower garment printer!… Read more
Filling in for a Justin Yu who thinks his air conditioner got him sick is the wild card Joey Kaminksi, a man who can apparently talk about -- in painfully great detail -- tipping etiquette in and around New York City. We love Joey for his tangential speaking habits, but also because he lends us his unique skew on the important matters of the day -- that and the fact that he brought us a Google Nexus 7 tablet for us to play with.
Do you have a game plan if you ever left your phone behind in a cab? Our producer Ariel Nunez tells the tale of such a predicament. Does Ariel get the phone back? Or is he forced to plop down $500 on a new device in addition to non-defective shorts?
The 404 crew also dishes out the dirt that saw multiple Web sites and services go down over the weekend including enormous time-suckers Netflix, Instagram, and Pinterest. How did planet Earth go 45 minutes without commenting on a sepia-filtered photo of your dessert? Find out inside!
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Some clouds can simply eliminate others.
At 11.21pm ET last night, as the deep and the desperate began to settle down for a weekend of streaming movies and retro photography, thunder and lightning decided to bring a natural end to their plans.
Forbes reported that such bastions of modern entertainment as Netflix, Pinterest and Instagram were eliminated from the firmament.
The cause was reportedly an outage at Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud in North Virginia, brought on by a thunder and lightning show. Yes, Amazon's clouds are actually Earth-based.
Naturally, as panic ensued across so many smoke-filled living … Read more
It's well known that Pinterest is growing in leaps and bounds. But is that success starting to outpace even popular microblogging site Tumblr in the U.S.?
Royal Pingdom today revealed the results of data it compiled comparing traffic for both Pinterest and Tumblr. The blog first turned to Alexa, and found Pinterest to be just inching out Tumblr in traffic. On Google Trends, Pinterest scored more daily unique visitors than Tumblr. However, analytics services Compete and Quantcast gave the nod to Tumblr.
Not satisfied with the results, Royal Pingdom moved on to research firms, and found that Experian … Read more
Internet social corkboard Pinterest announced today that it is providing more attribution tools for sites such as Etsy, 500px, Kickstarter, Slideshare, and SoundCloud, linking to the content's source and giving full credit.
The social-sharing site, which launched in March 2010, lets users collect videos, photos, and other "things they love" from around the Internet and "pin" them on interest-specific boards. Users can then respond to that pin by commenting on it, liking it, or repinning it as one of their own favorites.
A backlash by content creators not too appreciative of having their creations posted … Read more
Wildly popular image-sharing site Pinterest has tapped an ex-Google lawyer to head its legal department and, presumably, watch its back on copyright issues, according to a report.
Business Insider says Pinterest has confirmed that it has hired Michael Yang, who, BI said, left his position as deputy general counsel at Google yesterday.
BI notes that Yang did damage control when people objected to Google's Buzz product publishing the names of people its users frequently e-mailed. He also dealt with a controversy over Chrome's terms of service, and went to Washington this year to explain Google's new privacy … Read more
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joined The Fancy this morning, piquing the interest of more than 100,000 followers by the late afternoon, Fast Company first noticed.
The site is known as a high-end competitor to Pinterest that has figured out how to integrate sales into its member's "fancy'd" images. Zuckerberg's first fancy'd item was an Extendo Library Shelving System, which is so fancy it's made in Italy.
This got us wondering: is Zuckerberg interested in more than collecting images of things he likes? The last time he joined a social network site like … Read more
Are you more apt to buy an item you see pop up on Pinterest or Facebook?
Most of the Pinterest and Facebook users polled by marketing firm SteelHouse said that the sites play a key role in their online buying. But Pinterest users are twice as likely to buy items they see on the site than are Facebook users.
Drilling further the results of the 309 online shoppers polled, 59 percent of Pinterest users said they've already bought something they saw pinned on Pinterest. In comparison, 33 percent of Facebook folks said they've bought a product or service … Read more
week in review The world's largest social-networking company finally went public -- but the event lacked the punch many had expected from the third-largest IPO in history.
After a 30-minute delay in the stock's anticipated opening, shares took observers on a bit of a rollercoaster ride, shooting up to $43.20 from their $38 opening and then dropping back down to a break-even price.
The company raised $16 billion on the sale of 421.2 million shares in the offering, putting it at a valuation of $104.1 billion.
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