Article 2: https://canvas.jmu.edu/courses/1090235/files/41989786/download?wrap=1
The first article focused a lot on how Pinterest stacked up against other online social networks (OSNs) which I guess I never really thought Pinterest being anything like facebook, twitter, or instagram, because as the article stated, a vast majority of the content on Pinterest is ‘pinned’ from other sites. Places such as facebook and instagram are either text heavy from the individual user, or are pictures the user took (instagram). What I found most interesting in this article was the topic of privacy. We have all heard of the dangers of putting too much information about yourself out on Facebook, but I have never heard that kind of talk on Pinterest. Although now that I think about it, the same issues exist, because you have to build somewhat of a profile about specific facts, but then you also let the world in on what you are interested in. Now that probably isn’t a big problem for a lot of people, but when you pair that with all the other social media presences you have, that could cause a big problem for your safety. As far as the malware is concerned, that seems to be problem that is popping up all over the internet. These hackers are finding ways to place viruses basically wherever people go, and as Pinterest gets more and more popular, I would assume the hackers will begin to put more and more disguised malware around the site.
The second article covered a lot more of the science behind the curation of information, not the creation of information that other websites such as facebook and instagram focus on. It compared the collection of information images to that of last.fm that allows people to save and make music recommendations to others. It then went into the actual mathematics of how to calculate the amount of likes, pins, recommendations, etc. and how that affects the way people view these sights. I personally didn’t find this article nearly as interesting as the first, because I think the science of that stuff is better left up to the people trying to market the site, not the end user.