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Is Chill A Pinterest Clone Or A Good Social Video Discovery Site?

Saikat Basu 01-05-2012

pinterest cloneIf you had followed our post 2 Really Fun Ways To Listen To Music & Watch Videos Online With Your Friends last year, my colleague Steve had talked about an interesting web app for videos –  It was in fact described as the for videos with video rooms to watch videos from YouTube, Vimeo,, Ustream, Livestream,, and YouTube Live with friends.


That has changed as the you knew has gone for a complete makeover and adopted the Pinterest look. It’s no longer the for videos, but “Pinterest” for videos. You still have videos from the above mentioned sites. But watching and sharing them is closer to the way of Pinterest. So, is it just another Pinterest copycat or is there more substance to the video discovery site?

The New Chill – Making Videos Truly Social

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The video rooms are out. Instead you have the re-imagined grid structure with videos that are being shared by you, your circle of friends, and the wider community beautifully displayed. In the new Chill, it’s all about video sharing in a beautiful, simple and contextual way. Presently, Chill supports videos from YouTube, Vimeo, VEVO, and Hulu. For live streamed events, they support Ustream, Livestream,, and YouTube Live.

A Pinboard For Interesting Videos

Building your pinboard (called Collections on is similar to the way Pinterest does it.

  • Log into the site with your Facebook credentials. Click on a few interests so Chill can recommend a few more by analyzing your likes.

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  • With your Facebook data, Chill suggests friends you can follow.
  • Start building your videos into Collections. Collections are like the Image Boards of Pinterest. You can make your own and populate it with videos you like on or other supported video websites. Some collections are really worth a look. Also, you can use the Post to Chill bookmarklet (like Pin It on Pinterest).

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  • Reposting videos, sharing, and commenting on them is very similar to the way you repin on Pinterest.

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Is Chill A Good Social Video Discovery Site?

Here are my short observations on the likeability factor of Chill.

  • It is visually pleasing. It has the same easy-on-the-eyes appeal that makes Pinterest such a social magnet.
  • The Private Chat feature is cool because you can really get to know your circle on Chill.

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  • Chill has a wide range of categories and you can build up your collection with the stocks on YouTube, Vimeo, VEVO, and Hulu.

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  • Chill recommends videos related to what you’re currently watching. As Chill says, you can start conversations around a video. The video page makes it easy – the emoticons are a nice touch. You can start talking in real-time.

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The Pinterest Influence – A New Design Age?

As you amble through the site, the Pinterest design principles are unmistakable. Just like any other design trend that came before, is ‘borrowing’ an idea and re-imagining its service around it. We have had ‘design ages’ before and they have been led by websites which were on top of the popularity charts for that age. From MySpace to Amazon…from eBay to Facebook. Pinterest is probably defining this design age. Pinterest is not the first site which has tried this layout. But it is the best example we know of and thus, all sites will be benchmarked against it.

Rather than a design, sites following Pinterest like and a few more are adopting the new way we consume and share information. You can see more examples here at the jQuery Masonry plugin site which is also used by Pinterest and The visual pinboard style makes consuming information easier in some ways. You can tell at a glance what someone is posting or sharing. The attractive ones catch your eye in an instant rather than you having to wade through a linear chronological feed.


So, in conclusion let’s say that Pinterest got there first. But others are adopting the same style of presentation. Whether the design will stick or fade with the cycle is another matter.

What do you think of Does it work as a good social video discovery site or as a pinboard for watchable videos?

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  1. Nirajan Bom Malla
    August 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    There are many websites which are inspired by pinterest few of them have different features , is another video discovery platform, where blogger can add videos from their blog or any webpage where there are embeded videos. Also they can get embed code for any playlist from vidinterest if those playlist are public.

  2. Pinterest clone
    July 31, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Lot of Pinterest clones were coming to market day by day, But upto my knowledge at the very first in India PINDERFUL- was Launched and after lot of updation it is standing as best Rightnow.

  3. Jorge A. Gonzalez
    July 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Never really been a fan of Chill. Never found it that useful. A social site that I have been active on is I find pinterest to broad and like to stick to niches.

    • Saikat Basu
      July 27, 2012 at 3:53 am

      The Button is completely on fashion. And yes, there are many niche sites that have sprouted up based on the same visual framework of Pinterest.

  4. Humanhighlights
    June 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I love’s layout! It’s way better than Pinterest. However, I am not addicted to neither websites.

  5. James Randall
    May 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Another one similar is Its a like both of Reddit and Pinterest.

  6. Yumterest
    May 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Don't forget Yumterest. is a place to enjoy and share all things yummy. It is a great site to share yummy recipes, yummy foods, yummy places and many more.

    • Saikat Basu
      May 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Pinterest itself has quite a nice food section. So, you have quite a competition there.

      • Yumterest
        May 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

        I completely agree with you. Competition is a good thing. Yumterest, however serves a niche audience like people interested in food, recipes and the likes.

        We will surely try to compete with Pinterest. :)

        • Humanhighlights
          June 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

          I agree with you!

  7. John
    May 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Still looking for a Pinterest clone? The best one is here

    • Saikat Basu
      May 8, 2012 at 4:35 am

      Unfortunately, it's not free.

      • Malcom
        May 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

        Yes, I agree, it's not free. But when I checked its demo I have decided to buy. I think it's the most professional script I have ever seen. I don't regret.

        • Dadawa
          August 16, 2012 at 12:13 am

          @Malcom. How can you regret what you haven't bought or tested? You should only praise and review what you have tested on your own server and not just on the demo site.

          You said, "I have decided to buy (You haven't bought yet). I think it’s the most professional script I have ever seen (How can you tell?). I don’t regret (Well, you cant regret what you haven't bought)."

          I'm sorry, that doesn't make no sense. It's either you are with uniprogy or you are their friend, family or something. This doesn't sound like a statement of a customer.

      • Humanhighlights
        June 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm

        Free script is not good. I'd rather buy it. Thanks for the link.