Pinterest is about the best thing that has ever happened on the internet for people like me. I *love* to keep bins of images that inspire or inform my art process. Then the folks at Pinterest had a crazy invention: Picked For You pins! They devised some algorithm that would find pins I might like, based on my boards, and fed these pins into my feed. I don’t know about you, but I really have not found computers to be good at understanding my artistic taste. Not Pandora, not Amazon books, and not Pinterest. And these “picked for you” pins were getting more and more frequent. My very painstakingly personalized feed was being overrun with them.
Amazingly, I was able to get rid of ALL the “picked for you” pins. Here is how you do it:
1. log into your pinterest account via your computer’s web browser. Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner and choose Edit Settings.
2. Under Personalization, you will find two controls:
“Use sites you visit to improve which recommendations and ads you see ”
“Use information from our partners to improve which recommendations and ads you see”
toggle both of these to NO.
(Note: this technique does not get rid of promoted pins, which I am fine with. They have a right to make money on their great invention through a little advertising.)
Now, a disclaimer. I did this about a month ago and it did not seem to make a difference. But when I restarted the app, the dreaded pins were gone! It seems to me, also, that there was an additional step you might have to do in your browser, but going back and trying to find the instructions I originally followed (google: turn off picked for you on pinterest), has been impossible. So follow above instructions and let me know if this works for you!
Happy Creating and Pinning!