There I was, just innocently visiting http://itsawunderfullife.wordpress.com/, a great dad blog about twins with autism, and this little link button jumped out at me, something called Pinterest. Oh, I should have been wary. But little ole me just couldn’t help but click it. And that’s all she wrote.
I’m sure I’m behind most of you, but if there is anyone out there who has not been on www.pinterest.com, you’ve got to see it.
What is Pinterest?
According to their website,
“Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”
Yes, it is yet another social networking site, but the developers have captured the power of visual media by making all the links visual. For bloggers, this could be a powerful networking tool and another way to get your work out there into the hands of the general public. Think of it as a visual search engine created by its users. You have to have photos or images in order to have a post that can be pinned. The beautiful thing is that your post can be pinned by someone else visiting your site without you doing anything. Or you can join Pinterest yourself and create boards that include some of your work (posts, printables, etc.) and some of others’ work.
It’s so easy to use, and man, oh man, is it fun! Once you set up an account (easy), you search the net as always, and when you happen upon a worthy site, you click the Pinterest you have installed in your favorites or in your browser, you choose which of your boards you want to add it to, you add a description and tags, and then you’re through.
There are also Pinterest buttons you can add to your own blog to make it easy for someone else to pin one of your entries. It is quite likely that some of your blogs have already been pinned. If you check your blog stats and you see Pinterest show up as a referrer, congrats – you’ve been pinned, and somone on Pinterest has clicked on the pin to get to your site.
I’m a brand new Pinterest user, so there’s probably a lot I don’t know about it, but I’ve learned enough to know I’m going to have to try to stay off of it. It could take years off of my life (in time spent browsing it) for sure.