What the #@% is Wrong With Pinterest?

Do you ever wonder, “Is Pinterest down…or is it just me? Do you sometimes see pins filling up your Pinterest stream from people you know you haven’t followed? And, what about your own pins? How do you know which ones are really blowing up and which are just laying there like my ex-husband used to do when I would hear imaginary criminals breaking into our house?

Sidebar: Over the course of our marriage there were no less than 1, 352 attempted break-ins by imaginary criminals who sought to a) steal my collection of gently used, spaghetti-stained margarine tubs, b) kidnap me, and c) force me to dress in long, denim skirts and wear my hair teased so high in the front that an adult armadillo could comfortably take up residence. In my opinion, he should have investigated every single one. Those are the marriage rules. It’s in the Bible. Or on a Snapple lid. Either way.

Meanwhile, back on Momcaster…

Should you ever find yourself gently weeping onto your keyboard wondering, “What the #@% is Wrong With Pinterest?”, I’ve got some answers for you. If you ever find yourself wondering what is wrong with your husband, I’ve REALLY got some answers for you. See me after class.


Having some minor Pinterest frustrations? Here are the answers to some of your most wondered about questions. :-)

1. Where do I go when there are bugs in my Pinterest Kool-Aid?

You can check Is It Down Right Now? – You can take a look at the Pinterest server status, website status, and get troubleshooting ideas. It’s a handy tool for lots of websites actually, so keep this one bookmarked. (They are not affiliated with Pinterest.)

Take a look at the Pinterest Help Center –  To be candid, I’ve not always found this particularly helpful. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth a look when you start to have problems on Pinterest. It just seems to me like it’s a little slow to update about known issues and when I’ve submitted a help ticket in the past, I never received any kind of notice that the bug was fixed.  Despite all that, you should try here first when you experience a Pinterest issue. * You can also report a bug you find on Pinterest here.

By the way, a common Pinterest issue users have is not seeing any images below the Pinterest header. It could be you don’t have javascript enabled, in which case Yahoo can help you fix it. If it’s a problem with your browser, Pinterest will help you troubleshoot. 

2. Why am I seeing people (and sometimes spammers) I didn’t follow in my Pinterest home feed? 

This one drove me nuts until I finally figured out the culprit. It was GROUP BOARDS I followed!

I love group boards for lots of reasons. But, following a group board means you are sometimes going to see pins from pinners you don’t know and didn’t follow.

When a group board gets to be pretty large, it’s impossible for the person who originally created it to patrol it for spam. Pinterest says, “When you follow a group board, you will see all the pins being added to this group board, regardless of the person who is pinning the items. This means you might see pins from people you are not following.”

YOU can help moderate those boards, and help all of us who love Pinterest, by reporting Pinterest spammers. It’s simple, fast and Pinterest will teach you how to report spammers here. 

3. How do I know who is pinning what, and which of my pins are really blowing up?

Pinterest offers analytics to business users and at no cost. Here’s what you’ll need to do to get them.

I personally use a different tool to really dig in and see what’s happening with my pins. It’s called Tailwind and it’s incredible. Not only can I see what’s happening with my pins and followers, I can take a look at what’s happening with my competitors’ pins and followers. There are so many wonderful chunks of incredible data to be mined using this tool, but gun to head I’d have to say my favorite is the “Fans & Influencers” info.

I realized very quickly that I have some amazing brand advocates on Pinterest for many of my blogs, and I wasn’t even following them! Can you believe it? I fixed that right away and I make sure I re-pin their “stuff” to share my appreciation and pin-love with them.

4. I’m getting too many emails from Pinterest. How do I turn them off? 

I hear you sister. If I received an email every time someone re-pinned something or followed one of my boards, I’d pin a picture of me jumping off a bridge!  Here you go…  how to turn off Pinterest notifications. 


These are just a few frustrating Pinterest questions I had and hope I’ve now answered for you. But, you’re so kind to read all the way to the end, I want to leave you with my favorite must-follow Pinterest resource. And before you go, please comment to share the link to YOUR Pinterest profile so I can follow! I love finding new people on Pinterest!

oh so pinteresting
Click and follow!

Cynthia Sanchez – If there is anyone who understands Pinterest better than she, I haven’t found them. Follow her on Pinterest and make sure you subscribe to her Podcast. You’ll be an uber Pinterest Smarty Pants if you do.

Did you know that every time you share an image from Momcaster, a monkey gets a new pair of pants? It’s true. Your shares fund my Pants for Primates charity. Remember: if you see an indecent monkey, you really have only yourself to blame. 🙂  ~*~ Sher ~*~

By Sherri Bailey

Funny woman, author & comedy writer Sher Bailey writes about marriage, divorce, menopause, craft-envy, crap-soaked cats, and everything in between. And there is always plenty of in between.