Pinterest is getting ready to roll out a brand new block feature. It‘s not quite ready for primetime, but we’ve tested it and there’s a way you can use it right now.
UPDATE (10-18-2012): Pinterest has since officially announced this feature and it should be rolling out to all users over the next week. See the official instructions here.
We are really glad to see Pinterest getting ready to release a new block feature. It’s been a hotly requested feature and could significantly reduce spam and improve content quality on the site. Users have complained about irrelevant content in the their feeds, mainly fueled by Community/Contributor Boards that sometimes have hundreds of contributors. This is a big step to combat that issue, and to position Pinterest as providing a more relevant, hyper-targeted content stream than facebook or twitter.
This should come as no surprise as blocking people from following you on Pinterest has been the top support question on Pinterest since early this year. People have been begging for it…
Here’s how you can will likely be able to block people on Pinterest and remove their pins from your stream.
As of last night, Pinterest profile pages now include a (hidden) flag icon that will allow you to block or report an entire user, instead of just individual pins.
How to find the Block button on Pinterest right now and try it yourself
Yes, it works – You can Block on Pinterest. We tried it out for ourselves…
1. Revealing the Flag Icon
In order to unhide the “Report User” icon, you’ll need to employ a bit of browser trickery, which should be easy with any modern browser. I will demonstrate here how to do it with Google Chrome, but you can just as easily do it with FireFox, Safari and even Internet Explorer.
- Go to the top area of the profile page, right click next to where the name is, and select “Inspect Element”. You should see a frame pop up with html code inside that will look like the below. You want to find the line that says