First Draw Something, now Pinterest, it seems we’re starting to bore of our favourite forms of procrastination here at Shiny Shiny. But do not fear, it seems that everyday a new Pinterest competitor is launched to excite us.
Whether you’re looking for a site that isn’t as popular, you feel a little wary about Pinterest’s Terms of Service or you just fancy trying something new, then here’s our most recent round-up of grid-like alternatives and other cool visual inspiration sites.
By Becca Caddy | April 5th, 2012
A new social commerce website called Fancy has been on our radar since the end of February, with many suggesting it's a high-end alternative to Pinterest. Fancy describes itself as: "Part store, blog, magazine and wishlist. It's a place to discover great stuff, to curate a collection of things you love, to get updates on your favorite brands and stores and to share your discoveries." So it's basically Pinterest, but much more focused on how you can buy the lovely things you've been staring at. To collect content together from around the web you can install a 'fancy it' button to your browser, just like the 'pin it' bookmarklet. You can then make friends, browse through various categories and 'fancy' anything that catches your lovely little eyes. After a quick browse through all of the photos that have already been uploaded, we think everything does look a little more high-end than Pinterest and, ironically, rather fancy. The money-making model is rather interesting, anyone can find a picture of something another user has posted and can then offer to sell the product or find something else like it and Fancy will take a bit of the money that's made from sales. According to All Things D, it works using a bidding system a little like Google AdWords, you can then sell anything against an image. http://www.thefancy.com/