Sites Like Pinterest Sprout Across the Web

6 Popular Pinterest Clones

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Home page of Pinspire, a Pinterest copycat. © Pinspire
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Pinterest-like sites are popping up everywhere as entrepreneurs rush to duplicate the success of the Web's popular image-sharing social network.

Sites Like Pinterest Sprout

There is a Pinterest clone or visual social network for just about any specialty topic you can think of, including travel, recipes, fashion, weddings, and cats, to name just a few. There are scores of general interest copycats, too.

Most copy the grid-like visual design of the original, and many allow people to bookmark and share images they find on the Web in virtual albums similar to Pinterest pinboards.  

They Are Look-Alikes

Mostly the knockoffs are duplicating the visual, grid-like layout of Pinterest and its system for organizing images into collections and allowing people to follow one another and the collections, too.

Check this link to learn how to get a Pinterest invite and make a Pinterest account.

Can the Other Sites Like Pinterest Survive

It's unlikely that most of the copycats will have staying power, or that any will attract the huge following that Pinterest has (in fact, when this article was first published, there were 10 notable Pinterest clones. Now, in 2016, there are 6). 

What These Sites Offer

Niche topics are perhaps more suitable for Pinterest cloning, since the niche versions present opportunities to build a community around a shared passion and serve particular interests in unique ways.

Building genuine community is harder to do in Pinterest's vast visual cornucopia, because the site covers so many different topics that it can be difficult to find and interact with like-minded people. 

Many Pinterest clones actually drive a fair amount of traffic to Pinterest, since people often use them to find stuff to pin back on the original site.

In other words, some users appear to be turning to image-sharing knockoffs to find material to pin on Pinterest, which could help clones build an audience, albeit a much smaller one.

6 Sites Similar to Pinterest: General Interest Clones

Below is a list of general-interest Pinterest clones. These knock-offs (not ALL were created after Pinterest, a few sites similar to Pinterest actually pre-dated it) are general in nature, covering a broad array of topics and are not focused on any particular niche, which makes them similar to the original in scope as well as design.

  • The Fancy
    The Fancy is a knockoff that uses "fancy it" in place of "pin it" to save and share images. It calls itself a mashup between a store, blog, magazine, and wishlist. The Fancy has an incentive system of badges to reward people for various levels of activity and image sharing. No invite needed to sign up. There are commercial rewards from paying sponsors, too, which is part of the site's shopping system.
  • Fffound
    FFFOUND requires an invite. It is particularly popular with photographers. The founders are in Tokyo and work for a Web development and design company.
  • We Heart It
    We Heart It was created in Brazil by a Web developer and offers "inspiration" galleries of images. The concept is a lot like Pinterest except it uses "heart" in place of "pin" as its metaphor for "saving" images. Its latest tagline is "a home for your inspiration: organize and share the things you love." You can follow friends and strangers, and don't need an invite to join.
  • Piccsy
    Piccsy is a picture sharing service that presents a grid with fewer but larger images than Pinterest. Its tagline explains the name: "picc. see. share." The site offers easy reposting of images to Facebook and other social networks. It also has its own Web-wide image search engine designed to make it easier to find visual material to share.
  • Dribbble
    Dribbble proclaims itself to be "show and tell for designers". While it looks a lot like Pinterest, and requires an invitation to join like Pinterest, Dribbble is more limited and restricts the number of people who can actually post images. Only members of Dribbble can invite others to post. It uses a basketball metaphor to describe the "players" and "shots" they take.
  • VisualizeUs
    This site has been around longer than Pinterest. Its stated purpose is "social bookmarking for pictures." It relies on tagging images with keywords for organization and doesn't offer as much in the way of organizing tools as Pinterest.