Image-sharing and social media service Pinterest will soon add an online events feature to its platform, according to recently surfaced reports.
Reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong was the first to reveal Pinterest’s intention to move towards that space, sharing the details of the company’s online events feature testing on Twitter earlier this week.
Pinterest will enable its users to register for online classes held on Zoom directly from its platform. On the other side of the event, people who create and run these online classes can make use of Pinterest’s class boards (a variant of the company’s original bulletin boards) to organise their class’ notes and supplementary materials, as well communicate and connect with people attending the class through the use of a group chat feature.
Since the revelation, Pinterest has confirmed the testing of an implementation of online class integration without providing additional information about this particular plan. Although anyone is free to explore the two live examples Pinterest is using to test the feature, the communities under them are not populated with any connected users at present.
The coronavirus outbreak caused an unexpected rise in people using Pinterest to manage and organise their educational resources online, including its ability to monitor and organise lesson plans, push educational activities to their students, and more. This is deemed to have been one of the key reasons for the platform’s experimentation with online class integration, especially since the platform itself confirmed that it registered record numbers of searches and saves in March than ever before in its history.