But heck if I want to spend my time creating yet more content for some other third-party to make money on. So I can kind of see what they're getting at here.
What I decided to do was create a blog just for new stuff I'd share on Pinterest. I post to my blog and then pin from my blog. ( shameless plug: http://i-heart.us/ Note this is mostly just Amazon affiliate stuff but I already have another blog dedicated to just interesting pictures http://caption-of-the-day.com)
I think if you could automate _that_ process, where instead of pinning you'd post on your own account and then pin, you'd get the best of both worlds. Having your site look and feel like Pinterest would be bonus points.
I like this idea a lot. To me having finer control over your own content is a much more important feature than nailing an exact Pinterest clone.
I couldn't get Amazon referral links to work at first, but if you use amzn.to, your referral is preserved. :)
(I'm not saying you should spam the site, but it is possible to get credit for referring people from your pins.)
But Pinterest does not like you doing this. Somebody said they were stripping out your affiliate code and adding their own.
I thought about the 10 million ways around this, but at the end of the day I decided that if I controlled the content on my own site, I could do damn well what I wanted with it. Plus over many years it might start picking up search traffic. Who knows? And when the next whiz-bang super cool social site comes out, I still have all of my stuff in the same place.
I have no intention of spamming Pinterest, but if I'm taking time to participate and add my recommendation to some product, it kind of rubs me the wrong way that they would so directly take control like that.
I think you missed the point of Pinterest. This is to Pinterest what iPhoto is to Facebook.
But I'll be honest, I was first interested in Pinterest because I thought it would be a lovely bookmark aggregator. This does that pretty well from the look of it, but it's definitely a self-hosted image bookmarker with a Pinterest-esque interface, rather than a self-hosted curated web.
Might be splitting hairs over a title, but the difference is significant.
If you like the point of Pinterest, use Pinterest. If you just like the look of Pinterest, you can use Pinry.
I could see something like Pinry being useful for creating communities that respect freedom of speech / information / image posting, so long as the content is not illegal.
I know (many) people with anorexia. They are amazing at hiding stuff. (Fishing weight shot sewed into bras; heavier weight sewed into hair scrunchies. This made the weekly weigh-in easier to pass while still starving.)
I'm glad Pinterest has made the gesture, but they'll never win.
For certain definitions of lovely, consider http://pinboard.in/
And the best part about it being paid only is that I get some assurance that my bookmarks there will stay available.
Out of curiosity, after once deploying it, what're some responsibilities that entail from hosting a dynamic website vs. a static one? Isn't it basically a matter of writing (/copying a good one and retrofitting) a fabric script, perhaps doing just a few things with some Apache/nginx config files, and just putting it up? What exactly makes it more hands-on post-launch?
I had been under the impression that this process would not take more than a few hours by itself.
One thing I tend to avoid, however (of course this is just my personal taste) is templates in each sub-app. I feel like at that point there are just too many nested directories. I'd rather have one global templates dir for the entire project.
However, sometimes you have so many cross-links between apps in Django projects that taking out a single app to use in another project basically breaks most of the functionality.
There are big pros and cons for doing it either way.
I'll create an issue to expand in this direction a bit though, great idea!
EDIT: Issue created here https://github.com/overshard/pinry/issues/6
Disclaimer: I am the founder of Clipboard.com.
pinboard and readle have private items as well, if you dont feel like "sharing". :)
You can also clone it and have your own demo up and running very fast.