WHY MAKING MATTERS ONLINE: THE PINTEREST-DIY DATA SET
Keywords:do-it-yourself, DIY, Pinterest, social media, social networking system, SNS, communities of practice, COP
AbstractABSTRACT The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) community is currently one of the largest creative content communities on Pinterest (Hall et al., 2018), a social networking service (SNS) that encourages users to both share information about creative processes and attempt projects in real life (IRL). Pinterest users share ongoing projects by creating Project “Pins”, which consist of images, videos, and text descriptions of creative content. And yet, while several studies have investigated user behavior in relation to everyday ideation and creativity on the site (Linder et al., 2014, Hu et al., 2018, Mull and Lee, 2014), little is known about the characteristics that lead users to prefer some DIY projects over others. Thus, this paper introduces the Pinterest-DIY data set, which consists of text data mined from 500 DIY project Pins on Pinterest. Using a custom sampling approach, we created a taxonomy of DIY characteristics related to each Pin’s project type, function, materials, and complexity. To measure user preferences on the site, we also conducted a sentiment analysis on user comments for each DIY project Pin. This paper introduces the data set and presents two use cases for the internet research community using both exploratory and confirmatory statistical methods. In our view, the Pinterest-DIY data set will provide further opportunities to examine whether, and to what degree, participation in online DIY communities promotes everyday creativity and increases engagement with physical matter.
How to Cite
Weintraub, M. S., & Sears, D. R. W. (2021). WHY MAKING MATTERS ONLINE: THE PINTEREST-DIY DATA SET. AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research, 2021. https://doi.org/10.5210/spir.v2021i0.12262