Every so often I see a pin on Pinterest that someone’s uploaded and it has comments from others. Yet when I look at pins I see the “repin” and the “like” button, but no comment button. How do you add a comment to a Pinterest pin?
That’s a quite reasonable question and given that I think the cornerstones of any social media are liking, sharing and commenting, it’s curious that Pinterest’s design makes the first two quite easy, but the third difficult. Yes, you could argue that the goal is to streamline things, but if they can have magically appearing buttons for both repin and like, as you note, why not have a third button for “comment” too?
In fact, to add a comment you have to leave the pin stream view (what is it called? the view you have as your ‘main’ view of Pinterest) and click into a specific pin image. Then the comment box is at the bottom.
Well, rather than just explain it, let me show it.
That’s kinda what we do around here. 🙂
So here’s a typical Pin as you’d see it neatly displayed with all the other pins your friends have posted on Pinterest:
Move your cursor over the image and, of course, the two buttons magically appear:
But where’s that pesky “Comment” link?
Turns out, as I said earlier, it just isn’t accessible from this view.
To add a comment, you need to click on the image so that it’s the only thing you see. Now it’ll look like this:
A closer look and, what the heck, I’ll add a comment too:
Ultimately not the most complicated thing in the world, adding a comment, but it is odd how the path is so different to repinning and liking images. It’s almost as if they don’t want you to leave comments on pins but simply share them without any additional input.