On this Pinterest alternative, you “nail” images to “workbenches” instead of pinning them to boards, a metaphor that underpins the site’s working-stiff theme. The interface and especially the content reflect that bootstrap mentality, too, right down to the construction-style stenciling of the site’s banner.
Interface/Design: If MANteresting is the image-pinner for hard-labor dudes who wear Timberland boots 9 to 5, that sweat-and-toil ethic isn’t reflected in its interface. All drab tones and steely grays, MANteresting.com is uglier than Cee-Lo Green in a G-string. The main page is a layout of staggered tiles, just like Pinterest. But where Pinterest offers an elegant five-column layout, MANteresting has a lamer three-column take.
Clicking on a nailed image takes you to a light box with a larger version of the image that’s surrounded by uneven buttons for adding a comment or re-nailing an image to your work bench. Worse yet, some of the buttons aren’t even buttons, they’re just hyperlinks. The end result feels junky and confusing.
Community: You can sign up for MANteresting with login details from Facebook or Twitter, but, oddly enough, you can’t leverage either social network to make bro-friends on the site. Instead, you must hunt-and-peck through hundreds of nails, following the bro-ddies and workbenches of your choice. You can post nails to Twitter, but there’s no direct Facebook integration. So if you want to share posts with friends and family on Facebook, fuhgedaboutit.
Of course, there’s tons of content to browse. Nails range from black-and-white photos of General Bill Patton to women’s volleyball players to “Walking Dead” memes to throwing knives, hawk axes and guns. There are so many guns. Spear guns, stun guns, shot guns, pug guns, a gun mounted beneath a car steering wheel and even a two-foot sword attached to the hilt of a handgun. If these sound like your kind of dudes, you are a very MANteresting person indeed.
Addictiveness: Despite the somewhat lackluster design, it’s easy to get caught in MANteresting’s net. Not only are images of awesome meatball subs and swank alcoholic beverages fun to scroll through, you can also vote “Bump It” or “Shame It” on each nail as well. Nails with the most (Fist) Bumps are gathered under a Top Voted section. Shamed posts are gathered on—what else?—the Wall of Shame.