Recently, Pinterest has become an obsession of mine. And like any good obsession, it became necessary to infect all my friends. Pinterest is currently invite-only so I sent out invites to all my friends who I thought would enjoy it.
Having checked up on a few of them, and seeing their Facebook statuses (Facebook, pfft. As if!), I realized that a little tutorial may be in order. For starters, let me give you a little background information so you can grasp the magnitude of this ‘Pinning Movement’.
Pinterest (rhymes with interest *wink*) went live with a closed beta in March of 2010. Soon there after they progressed into an invitation-only open beta and then made regristration possible through an email request. Their coup de gras over the social media giants seemed to have begun shortly after Time magazine published Pinterest in its “50 Best Websites of 2011” column in August 2011. And in a few short months, in time to make it a special Christmas for the people at Cold Brew Labs Inc (the company that owns Pinterest), the site entered the top 10 social networks according to Hitwise data with 11 million total visits per week.
From inception to an estimated value of 200 million in just 2 short years? It’s safe to say Pinterest has gone viral.
So now that you know where Pinterest came from, let’s talk about where it’s going and how you are going to take it there.
It would have been nice to have something like Pinterest when I was a teenager. Actually it would have been nice to have the internet when I was a teenager. Actually, maybe not…nevermind. It’s only with my recent Pintefest (yes, I’m making up new words as I go), that I remembered tearing out images from magazines and sticking them up on my wall by my bed as a teenager. I would put up pictures of jewellery, clothes, shoes and purses (I loved them then, too) and one image of an indian wedding dress that I swore I would marry in. Well I lost all those pictures, they were just a silly little girl’s attempt at collaging or ‘pinning’ (wink) her favorite things, but the image of the wedding dress I had up on my wall for years still haunts me. I never did find that particular lehenga that I fell in love with as a girl. Had I pined it, I’d have it at my fingertips in seconds.
In a world gone fast…everything, Pinterest comes in and gives you a beautiful quick way to visually display what you’re about. Pinterest is the make-up in a makeover. We are curating the internet, one pin at a time. I poke fun (har har) at Facebook with the graphic I made (above), but the truth is that Pinterest doesn’t replace Facebook or Twitter — it’s in a class all of it’s own. It’s not about friends, or who ate what for lunch, but an opportunity to focus on what’s important to you — a Me Collage for adults. That’s what I love about it.
What’s a Pin?
Well anything. Anything you want to remember or look at — a visual representation of a thought, idea, concept, or just a beautiful photo to be exact. You know the idea of bookmarking websites you found interesting? A thing of the past — you pin it now. A movie you want to watch, pin it. A tutorial you found really helpful, pin it. A recipe you want to try, that’s right you’re getting the hang of this now, let’s say it together — PIN IT! But your pinning goals need not be so lofty, you can simply pin images that are visually pleasing — anything goes.
What’s a Board?
A board is a bulletin board or a collage, a Me Collage! Remember those? Well now you can create one digitally. It’s a way to organize all of your pins into one nice neat little peg board. As a mom, I may own a few peg boards and I can tell you that pinning my kids’ field trip notices isn’t nearly as fun as pinning images of where I’d like to travel. Let’s just take a moment to let our minds drift off to sunnier, quieter places… Nevermind, the kids are screeching and shattering my illusion of peace.
But don’t stop there! The board possibilites are endless. Currently I’m trying a Netflix board. Because Netflix doesn’t have a queue to add movies that I want to watch, I started a Netflix board, or what I call my, What to Watch board. Because I pined the image from Netflix (opposed to finding the image through Google images) when I click on the image later I’m taken directly to the page where I have a description of the movie and can play it. See how a pin works like a bookmark?
I have the standard My Style board, Quotes board, and Home Decor board. And one of my most favorite boards, my Eye of the Needle board – a testament to the power of Pinterest as I am not a seamstress, actually swore off sewing, but am purchasing my first sewing machine today! I’ve been reformed!
How to Get Started
1. Get yourself invited (leave a comment here and I’d be happy to help) or request an invitation here: http://pinterest.com/landing/
2. Add the Pin It button to the bookmarks bar of your browser (the area under the URL address field): http://pinterest.com/about/goodies/
3. Start pinning by either finding pins yourself (ie: browse the internet) or use the Pinterest search button to find what others have already pinned!
4. Have fun and don’t stay up until 1:30am every night pinning. You might have pretty boards but driving your kid to school will become unsafe.
Hope you found this post useful! If so, please leave me a comment with your own pinning experiences or tips! You can also pin this post by using the button below 😉
Gotta go take a nap, so I can pin later!