@Mr. Roques & @Pocharle -- I laughed when I read your two posts. I was just telling someone the other day what I thought the great equalizers would be to bridge the gender gap on Pinterest. One of them was "Desserts" and the other was "Women are there". Cheers!
No problem. I think that that user base flow is probably more effective. Much like clubs and social events, men follow where women go. The online dynamic is identical. If alot of women flock to a certain website where interaction is the crutch, you will slowly start to notice that men will soon follow suit.
@pacharle - I have read similar statistics. And yes, Facebook had a female majority user group for its first few major years. I believe the stat is closer now, but I wouldn't be surprised if women still lead the way on Facebook. I gravitate to a good concept, whether it be dominated by men or women. And I think this is a concept that, if refined, could go far. Looking forward to finding out. Thanks for your comment.
@Rich Krajewski - Ha Ha, Rich :) I'm glad you commented though as it gives me the chane to say what I didn't earlier--I titled it that way because the site has a fun, young feel to it--one that helps you collect dreams and wishes that is reminiscent of a little girl's 'dream box'. But the truth is you could keep one of those at any age, which is what makes Pinterest so endearing.
@Mr. Roques -- I loved Tumblr for this reason; for quick and easy photo and post sharing that becomes part of one's stream. I would say that what Pinterest does better is two-fold. The interface and tag searching is much more intuitive. The difference can be seen for non-logged-in users immediately when you go to Tumblr.com and then compare that to Pinterest.com. Also, the images on pinterest are representative links to Website content whereas in Tumblr they are just shared images. It seems that sharing the image just for the image is only a secondary aim of Pinterest. Thanks for commenting.
@Barb - That's a nice assessment, Barb. In an earlier life, I was an investment professional and I lived through the tech boom and subsequent crash. It was a crazy experience. I see the similarities you see especially in the valuations of the networks. In the Dot Com era, the question was 'how do I value something so ethereal as a good concept?' In the Social era, we are answering for 'how do I value data?' In the end, the survival of the social networks depends on the answer to this question. They must have a revenue model that works and data is what they have--data that enables them to serve up advertisement at a micro-segmented level. But where retirement was at stake before for investors, the thing I see at risk here is personal data. In either case, the similarity is that there is still the choice not to participate.
Love to hear other's thoughts on this great correlation. Thanks for weighing in!
I remember reading an article a few years ago that said women are better and quicker at picking trends that will 'stick'. So, technically, doesn't that mean that if a large group of women like a new technology or offering, it is a good idea to jump on the bandwagon early. I'm sure this isn't always the case. But if I remember correctly, in college, most people I heard about Facebook from were female, now look at it.
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