Nifty New Things

by Heather on May 16, 2012

First the bad news: we’re still as anxious to re-integrate with Pinterest functionality as you are.

Next up, we have a really cool UI (that’s user interface) change to tell you about.

The Spinwheel? We moved it to the upper right. Now it won’t get in the way of the pretty.

Don’t worry, that’s not the only new thing we’ve got going. Hang on to your hats, we now have a feature many of you have been asking for: the ability to spin multiple categories. You want Instagram and someecards? You got it. Want to alternate between YouTube Trending and 500px? We’re all over it.

Since we’ve added user accounts, your history is saved from one session to the next! Now you don’t have to worry if you closed your browser window on accident before sharing the awesome.

Facebook and Twitter spinning? You’ve got it! (I already mentioned someecards, that’s new, too)

We’ve also been working on how we pull the information so that we can give you the freshest content possible while avoiding duplicates.

Hang tight, more neat stuff (like Twitter sharing) is on the way.

Spin on!


We’re on the new server! Hurray! This is fabulous news, you see, when we first started building SpinPicks, we had no idea how quickly we would grow and how quickly that we would max out and strain our old server.

Paul has been working to switch us over from PHP to Ruby based code for our new home in the cloud. We’re now scalable and ready for all the traffic and spinning you can possibly throw our way. We also are now using a secure connection for your spinning safety. Please keep your hands and feet inside the app until we come to a complete stop.

Who am I kidding? There’s no stopping this ride.

With the switch to the new server, you’ll notice that we are abandoning the secret login. You now create your very own SpinPicks account at

What will user accounts allow us to do?

Having SpinPicks accounts will allow us to create a better experience for you as we continue to add features, like ratings, which are coming soon. (Having ratings will allow us to do some REALLY cool things in the future, things that make my little geek brain go, “SQUEE!”)

In addition to user accounts, we’re working to add as many platforms as we can.

As of last night, we’ve added 500px and brand new YouTube categories for your spinning pleasure. 500px is a beautiful photography site and I can’t stop hitting spin in the Editor’s Choice category. (Actually I just have the auto-spin running on my second monitor, which totally messes with my concentration, but OH THE PRETTY!)  Which reminds me, we are now adding multiple categories under the new services.

Later today we are hoping to be able to spin your Facebook news feed. How cool will that be? Hang on and find out.

Finally, don’t worry, we are working as hard as we can to restore access to Pinterest.

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