I joined Pinterest.
The logo’s nice. Fun, retro typography. But it took a while to get used to the name. I mean, I get it: pinboard, interest, Pinterest. But the first derivation that comes to mind is this:
(That’s Harold Pinter, if you hadn’t guessed. Drawn by Reginald Gray and sourced from Wikimedia.)
And that’s an abysmal idea for a social network.
But anyway, the real Pinterest gives you a bookmarklet, and every time you see a pretty picture on the internet, you click it and at pins the pretty picture to your ‘Pretty Pictures’ Pinterest pinboard. (Anyone reading this out loud, take a break to wipe your screen.) The problem comes when you try to grab an image that’s not in an HTML <img> tag, but a background. Web designers often do this to work around layout inconsistencies, or as a weak protection against people saving the images with a right-click. That one up there, for example. Try right-click-save-as. Doesn’t work. If you have no knowledge of HTML, that may be enough to stop you trying anything else. And if you click your Pinterest bookmarklet, the image doesn’t come up as a choice.
So what did I do about it? Wrote another bookmarklet, that’s what. Drag this to your bookmark bar: BackgroundImages. It takes all the background images in the page, and tacks them on the end as ordinary foreground images. Right-click-save-as, Pin away.
So far I’ve only tested on Firefox and Chrome. It won’t work on Internet Explorer before version 8, but you have no excuse to still be using that anyway. To get the page back the way it was, just refresh the browser.