With Pinterest taking over the social media cyberspace in an unprecedented manner, there have been many websites which look like an inspired version of it. We previously mentioned a number of Pinterest lookalikes such as Pinspire, StylePin, Pinme and Friendsheet, all of whom targeted the image sharing niche of social media, utilizing the same grid-a-licious theme. Now it looks like we may have another candidate to add to the list – BO.LT.
Much like Pinterest, BO.LT also requires you to submit a request for an invite to become a member on the page sharing social media app. Alternatively, you can receive the invite to join from a friend who is already a member. However, while Pinterest still allows you to view public content even if you are not a member yet, BO.LT does not let you enter the site until you validate your account, indicating better privacy controls. Once you sign up for BO.LT and verify your account, the site provides you a virtual tutorial of how you can share different pages through your account.
Another similarity that it has with Pinterest is the presence of a sharing tab or ‘button’ that users can drag to their browser window. Whenever you feel like sharing a page, all you need to do is to visit it and just click on the ‘Bolt It’ button on your browser.
BO.LT is also available as a Google Chrome extension.
Where BO.LT scores much higher than Pinterest is the fact that it does not just bookmark the pages you ‘bolt’. Instead it creates an exact clone of the page and saves it on the app servers, so that even if the pages you bolted are taken down or deleted, you can still access them. When creating a BO.LT, you essentially need to select an image from the page you are sharing. This image then represents the page when you share it on your BO.LT account.
Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest users can import pages from their BO.LT accounts with just one click, saving them the trouble of cutting and pasting the links on their respective accounts on any of these sites.