Want to use Gentlemint? You’d better forget those posts about bacon and start sharing images of prosciutto, the finer pork. Accessible by invitation only, Gentlemint is filled with “mints,” or shared images, on a network that’s more upscale than DartItUp or MANteresting. Heck, when it comes to matters of taste, the service even outclasses some of the finer pins from Pinterest’s classy ladies.
Interface/Design: Gentlemint’s cartoon logo is a gentleman with a thick, curvy mustache and a monocle. That the logo looks like the little Monopoly guy says a lot about the target audience. Judging by its all-white minimalist look, Gentlemint is designed for men who choose Stella over Bud Light, Macs over PCs, Gruyère over American.
The site’s interface isn’t based on following other users. Instead, each user saves his own “mints,” or liked items, to keep an ongoing list of stuff, and all users’ mints are displayed on the homepage so you can like items other Gentleminters have posted. There are no boards to follow here, just a constant stream of new posts. Users can like, comment or add posts to their own mint, as well as post mints to Facebook, Google + and Twitter.
Community: It’s important to note that while many posts on DartItUp, MANteresting and Pinterest simply highlight cool images, many of Gentlemint’s mints often point back to other websites with more information such as special instructions, unique recipes, articles worth reading or funny blog posts.
What kind of mints will you find on this service? We found a picture of Cafe Le Nemours near the Palais Royale in Paris that points to a recent entry in a travel blog and one titled “Smoke Your Own Sun-Dried Tomatoes” that leads to a recipe for just that.
We also noticed posts more common to the other man-focused social networks, such as a poster of Ron Burgundy and characters from the movie “Anchorman” with the text “Stay Classy” and a racy-but-tasteful photo gallery of “The Hunger Games” lead actress Jennifer Lawrence.
Addictiveness: Gentlemint probably won’t hold the abbreviated attention of today’s modern man. Posts on the site are often esoteric and vague. Plus, clicking on most mints requires users to browse elsewhere along the Web. And without the ability to follow specific users, there’s no guarantee you’ll find anything of interest. Gentlemint is helpful if you want to keep a running list of awesome Internet treasures, but in terms of sharing all that’s awesome, this site isn’t the best.