Pinterest, the social content sharing service that allows members to “pin” images, videos and other objects to their pinboard (which other people can view and share) recently launched apps for both the iPad and Android. The third-most popular social network after Facebook and Twitter also reversed its invitation-only policy by opening up the site to the general public.
The visual bookmarking tool launched last year and had been available only on the web and with its iPhone app.
The Android app maintains Pinterest-on-the-desktop’s feel but shrinks the experience into two columns, reports CNN.com. When you tap a photo of something you want to see bigger, it fills the screen and gives you the option to repin, like or comment on the picture.
The iPad app “offers users new ways to engage the embedded browser to see what others are pinning from their favorite sites,” the company says. Swiping to one side brings up the list of categories, the other direction flips through the layers of pins you’ve opened. Double-clicking on a product takes you to the brand’s site within the Pinterest app, allowing you to see what other product users have pinned from the same company. Pinterest also updated its iPhone app.
You can download the free apps in the Google Play store and Apple’s App Store.