Searching for images on Google may not be possible because of Pinterest. Being a social network based on collecting image collections, some categories are crowded with their posts. Which makes filtering for what we need very tedious.
This isn’t a new problem, but it ended up getting so heavy that a developer created a Chrome extension to block it. And it also works on Mac.
Without interest ! block Pinterest results on Chrome for Mac
Without interest ! is the name of the extension for Chrome that we can use on Mac to block Pinterest results in Google. Image searches are resource intensive, both in terms of data volume and load time. Avoiding Pinterest posts will help us improve both fronts, especially critical in mobile navigation.
Instead of removing Pinterest from the page once it’s retrieved, Unpinterested! asks Google not to return any results from Pinterest. This is important because it means that any space that would otherwise have been taken up by Pinterest results is now taken up by other sites. Example of what a search would look like with Pinterest deleted.
This is how developer Stamp Mkantjwa explains how his extension works. As usual in Chrome, just download the extension and install it in the browser. It works in its version for Mac exactly the same as that of Windows.
If we usually do a lot of image searches, it can be helpful to set the extension in Chrome. So you can activate or deactivate Pinterest’s blocking function whenever you want.
Another trick to block Pinterest on Google (or any other word)
Search operators are functions of Google and other browsers that allow us to better filter results. They are relatively unknown to the general public. But extremely useful.
With them we can find what we need by refining the search and saving ourselves a lot of effort. Some of the most common search operators are:
AND join two words to show us only results that include both. OR will return results that include one of two terms (or both). Quotation marks “” around a word or phrase will search for it as it is written. site: URL is used to focus the search on a specific web address. The symbol – attached to a word excludes all results that include that word.
There are many more, in fact, they can even be combined with each other making complex chains. The one that interests us the most is the last one on the list. So in our research we write what we want to find and at the end a “-pinterest” (no quotes needed) to exclude any mention of the social network.
There is another option, albeit less precise, when it comes to avoiding Pinterest in results. And that is to use DuckDuckGo, which already normally shows very little of this social network.