An Insider’s Look at Building the Pinterest PWA

Episode #027: Zack Argyle, Software Engineering Manager at Facebook and former Engineering Manager at Pinterest

If you’re familiar with the hottest mobile tech, Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), then you’ve likely checked out the Pinterest PWA at some point. It’s one of the most talked about PWAs given it’s phenomenal user experience and results (103 percent increase in weekly active users and 800,000 weekly launches from the home screen) which is why we definitely wanted to get an insider’s perspective into how the Pinterest PWA was built. In this episode of Mobile Matters, we talk to the Software Engineering at Facebook and former Engineering Manager at Pinterest, Zack Argyle, about how his passion for mobile web, how he and a few colleagues built the Pinterest PWA, and the decisions they made around crucial topics such as caching.

Key Takeaways

  1. If you don’t have a PWA already for your brand then it’s time to build one.
  2. Don’t assume you can compare the engagement levels of your native mobile app to your PWA.
  3. We have a huge opportunity with offline caching for PWAs to put the user experience first and not bloat their phone with unnecessary caching. You need to think strategically about what you’re caching when you build a PWA.

Listen Your Way With These Platforms

Other Information

How do I subscribe?
You can subscribe to Mobile Matters in iTunes, here.

Where can I find all episodes?
To see all Mobile Matters episodes, click here.

Mobile Matters can be found on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and Spotify. If you enjoy our show, we would love it if you would listen, rate, and review.