The update, which will only be open to a limited number of users as a starter, will offer a tweaked navigation and overall faster site experience, as well as bigger pins. The latter will feature more related information than before, to allow for easier discovery:
“For example, on each pin, you’ll see pins from the same board, other boards this pin was pinned to, and a whole slew of related pins,” says software engineer Vy Phan on the Pinterest Blog.
For the complete list of new features and temporary changes, visit https://help.pinterest.com/entries/22815688. Note that layout changes for the mobile site and apps are not in the works right now.
Users interested in previewing and testing the new design can sign up for an invitation.
In other news
According to a new study published by GlobalWebIndex on January 22, Google+ is now the second largest social network in the world with 343 million active users (or 25 percent of the global Internet population).
YouTube […] comes in at number 3, demonstrating the immense opportunity of linking Google’s services through the G+ social layer. This is also a key indication of why Google+ integrated with the Google product set is so key to the future of search and the internet.
The study also reveals that Twitter is the fastest growing social platform in the world. Its monthly active user base increased by 40 percent between the second and fourth quarters of 2012, to reach 288 million.