Pinpal the hot new dating service for Pinterest or an April fools joke?

The headline on Pinpal states –

The new casual dating service for Pinterest fans. It’s more than influence – it’s Pinfluence!!

I first noticed this today on @dannybrown ‘s website where he had the shocking title of

PinPal Wants to Use Your Friends to Create a Sex Meat Market

This created a lot of chatter and comments from various people including many tweets from Jimmy the co-founder of Pinpal – @pinpalwizard who obviously wasn’t happy that people were not saying good things about his site, which has just been launched in beta – midnight on the 31st of March. Great timing everyone thinks.

Craig andrews from Peerindex tweeted this

And Sarah Evans tweeted this

Its certainly got a lot of attention since it was launched in beta not 24hours ago.

What Pinpal does…

It is basically a dating service, that connects you with your best match and to find your match, it searches through your favorite social networks to find your friends and also their friends then, finds you the best matches, also using Klout scores in the formula.

You are then presented with a private Pinterest board with your potential pinpals.

However I think its more the FAQ page that give people the reason to think that it is a joke with statements like.

Is my privacy safe on PinPal?

Let us ask you a question – is your privacy safe online anyway? We don’t think it is, as much as we’d like it to be. So, to answer the question of privacy, you have as much privacy on PinPal as you do elsewhere online – we think that’s the fairest way to go.

And

How safe are your PinPal dates?

As safe as any online dating service, with the added security that this is all happening with social media, so if something goes wrong you can let people know about it. That’s pretty powerful stuff right there!

Pinpal tweeted that they just want to honest with everyone, and that just how it is. Jimmy says if you don’t like it you don’t have to sign up.

Which is also true…..

I haven’t signed up to try it, it not something I want my networks to be connected with, not being single myself and after reading Danny’s post I would probably wait a few months to see how it turned out.

Its a very expensive aprils fools joke if it is one, and Jimmy is very busy over there on twitter defending the site and apart from sometimes sounding aggressive this seems to be tongue in check as he is obviously pretty happy.  Whatever it is all about – I’m finding it very amusing and interesting and – Pinpal or the founders  have had amazing exposure today and on sunday!

Update – So it was actually a very good April fools joke provided by  Punk views and created by many people that we all know. Jimmy was completely made up as some people suggested but I for one will miss his “charm” and “tongue in cheek” humour.

The part that got me was that the actual platform wasn’t even there, this thought hadn’t occurred to me  (and I wasn’t about to try it) the testimonials and the fact that Danny had tested it were all fabricated, so not that expensive a joke after all.

Loved watching all this turn a slow moving Sunday evening, into a battlefield of tweets and comments.

 

 

 

 

 

Have you signed up for Pinterest yet?

Pinterest is your virtual Pinboard or Scrapbook.

Pinterest is well-funded by a this group of  successful entrepreneurs and investors: Jack Abraham (Milo), Michael Birch (Bebo), Scott Belsky(Behance), Shana Fisher (Highline Venture Partners), Ron Conway (SV Angel), Kevin Hartz (EventBrite), Jeremy Stoppelman (Yelp), Hank Vigil, and Fritz Lanman.

I’ve just signed up for this, even though it was apparently launched in March 2010 – (which was why I couldn’t get my usual user name)  but it is still in Beta and invitation only or by requesting an invite

Pinterest now also has an iPhone application

My Pinterest users name is techieminx 

Create your Pinboards in Pinterest

You pin pictures, video or links to your boards, which can have whatever categories you like. You can use your own links or pictures, or someone elses, always making sure you give credit to the original source.

It very simple and easy to do.

Choose if you want to

Add a Pin –  You choose from your own pictures/video’s stored on your PC or iPhone. 

Upload a Pin – Here you put the URL of the picture/video you wish to display.

Create a Board – You create a Board to put your Pins.

Look at other PinBoards on Pinterest

You can browse Pinboards created by other users where you can – LikeRepin or Comment, from those boards.

When you pin something to your board you can also share this with Facebook or Twitter!

Finding or inviting friends couldn’t be easier when you sign in with Facebook, its just gives you two lists, or you can search on email addresses.

This site is great fun, and very popular – check out how many likes people already have, its phenomenal.

Its not just anther photo sharing site, or even social networking site ….

Sort of explained what it is in this video by Lockergnome aka Chris Pirillo

What is Pinterest

Pinterest have a mission..

Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.

From http://pinterest.com/about/

Try it out, it costs nothing, but time – oh it is rather addicting 🙂

Hope this helps