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Pinterest hires Facebook, Apple engineer vet to improve platforms

Pinterest's engineering team has ballooned to encompass more than 200 employees, many of whom are touted to have high-profile resume bullet points from Google to Quora.

Pinterest is staffing up to bring all of its platforms and apps into line with the hiring of a tech industry veteran.

Scott Goodson has been tapped as head of Pinterest's core experience, tasked with leading the social network's mobile platform and web teams.

This includes improving performance and architectures across Pinterest's iOS and Android apps as well as its desktop channel.

Pinterest's engineering team has ballooned to encompass more than 200 employees, many of whom are touted to have high-profile resume bullet points from Google to Quora.

Goodson comes to Pinterest from another familiar social media brand heavily focusing on mobile to drive user growth and revenue these days: Facebook.

At Facebook, Goodson managed engineering teams overseeing the experimental Paper newsreader app and Instagram iOS for iOS. He also led the native code rewrite of the core Facebook app.

Prior to Facebook, Goodson spent four years at Apple, where he was the primary author of the Calculator and Stocks apps and one of the first ten engineers assigned to work on iPhone OS 1.0.

Goodson worked on a few other projects at Apple, including Public Transit for Maps, Accounts for YouTube, Settings for iPad and served as the tech lead for Game Center.

Pinterest has been feeling out all sorts of different features and schemes across mobile channels recently.

Earlier this month, the San Francisco-based company unveiled "Buyable Pins," a new e-commerce ploy that could solidify the social network as a digital storefront.

Buyable pins were scheduled to launch in the United States first on Pinterest iPhone and iPad apps within the following few weeks. An Android deployment was promised to follow later at an unrevealed date.

Curiously, the desktop release -- also promised in a future unknown release -- was said to trail the initial mobile rollout, possibly reflecting both Pinterest's long-term business outlook and general mobile commerce trends going forward. Such disparate threads and time tables could be at the top of Goodson's agenda very soon.