Pinterest has garnered a reputation (whether incidentally or intentionally) as a website geared mostly towards females who need ideas for weddings, home décor, and recreation. Maybe you like the idea of Pinterest but not its subject matter. Maybe Pinterest just isn’t for you. Is there hope for you?
Yes, there is. As it turns out, there are many sites out there that have taken the core concept of Pinterest and spun it in unique ways. Looking for a Pinterest for men? It’s out there. A Pinterest for food? It exists. A Pinterest for memes? You’re in luck. Keep reading to find the perfect Pinterest alternative for you.
Juxtapost is a Pinterest knockoff but in a good way. It was originally conceived as a better version of Pinterest, filling in many of the holes that existed in Pinterest at the time: invite-only membership, a lack of private boards, exporting content, etc. After Pinterest caught up, Juxtapost lost a lot of its distinguishing features, but its community is still going strong.
The feature I like best in Juxtapost is the “More Like This” button. If you’re browsing down the front page and see a delicious recipe, you can click on that button to instantly view more delicious recipes. Also, posts can be categorized and tagged in dozens of different ways, making it easy to discover new content that interests you.
Use Juxtapost if you want to use a Pinterest-like site with many of the same features but presented in a different way.
If I had to describe We Heart It in one sentence, I’d call it the baby of Pinterest and Tumblr, and I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way. We Heart It is a place where users can be themselves and post up pretty much anything they want — cat pictures, melodramatic quotes, cute outfits, landscapes, food, and more.
There’s an undercurrent beneath all of the We Heart It posts which indicates that this site is mainly used by teens and college girls. There isn’t as much wedding planning and there’s more teenage angst. If you’re looking for a younger version of Pinterest, this is it.
According to Dribbble’s homepage, “Dribbble is show and tell for designers“. For all of you creative folks out there, Dribbble is the perfect outlet for you to answer the question, “What are you working on right now?“. Whether you’re designing websites, movie posters, typography, pixel art, company logos, architecture, or whatever else, you can use Dribbble to share your work.
Not a designer yourself? That’s fine, too. Feel free to explore the posts on Dribbble (they call them “shots” as opposed to “pins” or “posts”) to get a glimpse into the minds of various creators. If you can appreciate art in all of its forms, there’s a lot of content here that will blow your mind.
Are you a foodie? If so, you’ll fall in love with FoodGawker in no time. This Pinterest-inspired website is not only an excellent place to discover new dishes, ingredients and recipes for cooking, it’s also a great place to show off beautiful photographs of food.
A word of warning: do not browse this site when you’re hungry or you might find your desk covered in a pool of drool.
The only downside to FoodGawker is that it’s curated. You can submit your own photographs and links, but the editors review all submissions and have the final say on what gets published. On the one hand, this maintains a high standard of quality, but it does end up losing some of its Pinterest-esque appeal.
Liqurious is the site for those of you who aren’t so much foodies as they are boozies. Whenever you come across an amazing new drink recipe, you can submit the link to Liqurious and it’ll be added to the list. It’s not as community-centric as Pinterest might be, but it’s as close as you’ll get to a “Pinterest for alcohol” at the moment.
Some of the submissions are really out there. You’ll find plenty of cocktails and drink combinations that you’ve never thought to try and, surprisingly enough, they all look quite good.
“Pinterest is for girls“, said every guy ever. Now, I know that there are plenty of guys who do use Pinterest (though most of them probably wouldn’t admit to it), but it’s hard to deny that the website is very much a platform for females. In steps Manteresting, a site that’s pretty much designed to be Pinterest for men.
The concept is simple. If you find something you like on the web, save it on Manteresting. From sports to video games, from cars to computers, if it’s interesting for men then it belongs on the site. But instead of “pinning” these items to a “board,” you’re “nailing” them onto “workbenches.” Pretty manly, right?
Be aware that a good portion of the site is NSFW. You won’t find any hardcore pornography but there’s enough alluring content that you won’t want to surf it at work.
Gentlemint was designed by its founders to be a “Pinterest for men” where users could post and share anything that was “manly.” Despite the classy intent behind the name, Gentlemint seems to have attracted a crowd focused more on memes and infographics. If that’s what you want out of a man-centered Pinterest alternative, this is the one for you.
There’s the occasional post dedicated to topics like whiskey, survival skills, and DIY projects, but if you’re looking for deep manly insight, you probably won’t find it here. Other downsides include a site design that’s a bit too simplistic (though this is a subjective point) and a community that’s smaller than ideal.
Dudepins is a third Pinterest-inspired site aimed at a demographic of men. What sets Dudepins apart is its tendency to be a bit classier than the alternatives. It doesn’t have NSFW content (like Manteresting) and it doesn’t have silly Internet memes (like Gentlemint), making it the most mature of the three choices.
While Dudepins isn’t a barren wasteland, it hasn’t yet reached critical mass in terms of community size, which is a shame because I think it has the best potential for being the truest “Pinterest for men” site on the web.
Are you an ex-fan of Pinterest who has moved away to an alternative site? Why did you move away and which ones do you like the best? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!