A Pinteresting New Idea – PinWoot!

Collage of Letter PWhen any social media site does well, of course you will have a lot of spin-off products created that may (or may not) help to support the platform. From the creation of Twitter came Tweetchat.com, Twellow, Tweetdeck (soon to be gone), JustUnfollow.com and so on.

A very new “product” called PinWoot has recently been created in an attempt to help Pinterest users get more followers.  If you’re a businesses or have an e-commerce site, this may be of interest to you.

It’s very easy to sign up and once you do, and connect your Pinterest account to the tool, you are awarded 10 “seeds”.

The site is based on a gamification system whereby you receive seeds (in order to “grow” your Pinterest following) for each person that you follow, for each tweet that you post about the site and for each friend that joins in response to your invitation.  When someone follows you back, seeds are subtracted from your “seed account” which motivates you to follow more people.  There is a limit to the number of people that you can follow each day.

Right now, the product is free and what I like about it is that it gives you a list of people to follow so that you can choose those who are most appropriate for your niche or who “pin” things of interest to you.  But for now, you must click on each name to find out what they’re all about. The site promises to add interest categories soon so that the process will be a bit easier.

What I don’t like is that they also plan to offer a Pro version where individual pinners or companies can pay for followers without needing to follow any of them back.  Somehow that wreaks of buying “likes” and followers so I’ll be watching for more about this.  At the moment, I think it’s a decent tool.

As of today,  PinWoot has just 98 followers on Twitter and very few on Facebook so perhaps they might be influenced on the direction they take or on features that their users might like to see.

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Comments

  1. Dear Shelley,

    First of all, we would like to thank you for covering us here on your blog. Also, its great to read what you liked and what you didn’t. We will be introducing Categories/Targeting by tonight. Regarding, Pro Accounts, this wont be a buy followers or likes sort of deal, they will be able to buy seeds but still, they will have to be cool enough to get followers – we wont push anyone to follow our Pro Users.

    We launched about 4-5 days back hence the low twitter/facebook count but people are loving us and we are getting more validation & credibility through their tweets, shares and blog posts like these. Pinwoot is at its minimum viable product stage because we first wanted to know if anyone will find our product useful or not – now that we know, there is a decent demand for product this like, we will accelerate the development of all the features, that will keep the quality of followers and sanity of this platform intact.

    Thanks again,
    Alexander & Victor
    Pinwoot

    • Alexander and Victor,

      Thanks for responding… and so quickly! What a great example of what Sandra Martini calls “Extreme Client Care”.

      I’m very glad to hear that your Pro Account will also be a legitimate tool for growing a targeted Pinterest following and we wish you the best of success with PinWoot!

      ~ Shelley
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  2. I really don’t know what you have here;just as I don’t know what pinterest is doing on that site. I’m on pinterest but have no faith in anything happening. All I know is I try for exposure to sell my books and I have yet to be successful.

  3. Thanks for this info Shelley,

    As you may know I’m on Social Buzz Club and I had to click on your title since I had never heard of this tool before. I’m going go hop over there right now and see what this is all about hands on.

    Like you I don’t like the fact that some companies will be able to “buy” followers which really defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?

    I shared your post :)
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  4. It’s so true there are always spin offs. I had not heard of Pin Woot. For now I think I’ll wait and see. I’ll shre your post. I’m also on Social Buzz:)
    Toni Nelson recently posted…Scenic Sunday in Punta Gorda, FLMy Profile

  5. Very cool informative article. I stumbled upon PinWoot and was a little worried that using this service could possibly have your account suspended? Do you know anything about this? Thanks again for the post. Bookmarked your site :)
    Kim B. recently posted…Pantry Design IdeasMy Profile

    • Hi Kim,

      I think it should be fine because you as the user are actually choosing who to follow and those who follow you are exercising their own choice as well. You could easily just do the same from the Pinterest site but using this tool gives other possible followers an incentive to follow back or follow other people, whereas on the site, there is no incentive to reciprocate.

      Thanks for bookmarking me too!

      ~ Shelley
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  6. @Kim. B : Absolutely, as Shelley mentioned, no one is paying anyone to get the followers. Its similar to any app discovery app, where you can discover cool apps and download them – totally legit. Exact same way, Pinwoot just brings different people in front of you at once and give you visibility in front of other thousands of users.

  7. Wow, this is areally good article. I had never heard of it till i did a google search and saw your blog, really good sounding tool. thanks
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