In nearly every article written about Pinterest, you’ll find mention that the site appeals mostly to women. This has been spun both positively and negatively, but one thing holds true…women seem to love Pinterest, and male participation in the site is sorely lacking.
But what if there were a more male-centric use of the site beyond the oft-quoted pinning of pictures of cute dresses, cute desserts and cute animals? What if there were a way for men to use that concentrated estrogen in their favor? A use that had mass man-appeal. One clever gent is determined to find out.
Let me introduce you to Sean Roberts, who might be the very first guy who has been pinned on Pinterest with the intention of finding him a date.
I though this was hilarious and wanted more information about Sean and his mission, so we had an exclusive and lovely chat. I’ve gathered some data for all you single gals who might be interested in going out with him (or have ever wondered how a single man might view your Pinterest boards), and for all you single guys who are curious to know if Sean’s ploy could possibly work for him, or for yourself.
Sean’s joined Pinterest, and intends to post photos of his first dates (should there be any). He’ll also write a bit about how the date went, and tweet on his Twitter feed. Says Sean, “I definitely won’t kiss and tell; I don’t do that anyway. And I’m not going to be too opinionated, because I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.”
How old are you, Sean? 27
Where do you live? Washington DC
So, tell me how you ended up on your co-worker’s Pinterest? And has anyone called? I work at a social media/software company, so we’re always on top of new social media. I noticed that all the girls in the office were loving Pinterest, so I said to my co-worker, Laura, I guarantee you that no one ever put their picture up there to try and get a date. So we did it. Initially, we just thought it was funny. After about two hours, when I noticed I had 10 re-pins, I thought, “…that’s kind of interesting”. I haven’t checked my voicemail yet, so I’m not sure if anyone’s called.
Are you going to look at the Pinterest boards of your potential dates to help you determine if you have things in common with that person, and if you might be compatible? I definitely will look at their boards, but I plan on talking to everyone who calls, and meeting with them, if possible. I will give pretty much anyone a chance. I’m pretty open-minded, but aside from some really weird stuff, I can’t think of anything (for now) that would be an automatic turnoff. If anything, I would just ask the person about it.
I definitely think that what someone pins would tell you about them and what their interests are. Also, how often they pin would probably suggest how much time they are in front of a computer or online and stuff like that. In either case, I don’t think that someone should be judged solely from their Pinterest (or any social media site, for that matter).
Would you date a girl who already has a wedding planning board on Pinterest? Good question. I would have to look at her board.
What about a board full of things for her future children? That’s a little scary, but I guess I’m not opposed to it…I’d have to seriously think about it…
Do you believe in love at first sight? I haven’t seen it yet, so I wouldn’t be able to answer that.
What do you do for fun? Play pool, video games, hang out, cook and stuff.
What do you do for work? I sell software.
What do you think of Google’s Glasses? It reminds me of Dragon Ball Z.
What’s your politics? I can go either way depending on the issue, but I tend to go Republican.
What’s the best song you’ve heard lately? Tarrus Riley doing Front Door on the We Remember Gregory Isaacs CD. I saw Gregory Isaacs live a week before he died.
What makes you cranky? I don’t get cranky much, but I guess traffic, and lack of sleep.
Describe your mom. She’s the best.
What’s your perfect 24 hours? I’d say wake up, go to the beach, swim, then go out and play pool and dance and party.
Are you a good dancer? No.
What do you think about men who propose in elaborate, public ways? It’s not my style. I think it’s a private thing, but I guess if that’s what the girl wanted, you’d have to do that.
What’s your favorite food? Enchiladas.
What’s your favorite website? I like Failblog.
How long have you been single? For two months.
What did you learn from your last relationship? Choose wisely.
Describe your ideal partner. Someone who likes to have fun, is nice and wholesome, and smart.
What’s your favorite book? Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse.
What’s your best quality? I’m funny and easy to talk to.
What’s your worst quality? Sometimes I don’t take things seriously enough.
What do you think about girls picking up the check on a date? I guess that’s OK, but I’d usually pick it up, or split it, at least.
What’s your idea of a great first date? Something spontaneous.
Duck face. Do or don’t? Definite don’t.
What is one quality in a person you absolutely cannot tolerate? People who are shady.
Girls asking a guy out? That’s fine.
How do you think dating on Pinterest might compare to regular Internet dating sites? I’ve never used an online dating site, but I think being able to see people’s interests on Pinterest offers a cool way to learn more about them.
When is it OK to lie? Hmmm. Maybe a little white lie, but I believe in honesty.
Besides anatomy, give me two major differences between men and women. 1) I think girls text too much. 2) Boys have messy rooms; girls have messy cars.
Piercings? Tattoos? Rainbow-colored hair? All popular Pinterest attributes. That would depend. Maybe a tattoo would be OK…
What do you hope to get out of this experience? It would be cool to have someone call me to go out. I didn’t do this in a serious way at first, I just did it for fun; but I am totally ready to go out on a date!
And you’ll pick up the check? That depends on where we’re going!
So there you have it. Is this the future of Pinterest? Sean thinks it’s a sure way to, at the very least, get more men into the mix. What do you think?
I would love to read your thoughts/comments on this topic. If you do contact Sean and care to share your experience, I’d love to hear about it. If there is anyone else, male or female, utilizing Pinterest in this fashion, please let me know.
I’ll be posting a follow-up interview with Sean in a few weeks. In the meantime, please feel free to share this post!