Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Linked In, YouTube, Google+…the list of social networks vying for your attention is already long and continues to grow. Everyone wants your time; they want to connect you to all of the folks in your life; they want you to share all of your experiences with as many people as possible. These companies make it really easy as you can post to Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and many of the others from just about every article you read, picture you view, video you watch, text you send and thought you might have. OK, we already have enough of these options, do we really need another? Yes you do, Pinterest 🙂
In a nutshell, Pinterest is an infinite bulletin board for your favorite pictures and interests. When I was young I had a pin board in my room for the important things like news articles, pictures, sayings, news clippings, etc. Same thing, just totally digital and really easy to do. Best of all you can now share your interests (Get in PIN INTERESTS!) with anyone you want, not just the people that stop by your home. Geez, I think I just dated myself a bit. OK, I am coming clean here.
Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, curate, and discover new interests by posting (AKA ‘pinning’) images or videos to their own or others’ pinboards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned. The social network is focused on lifestyle, allowing you to share your tastes and interests with others and discover those of like minded people. The social network’s goal is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting.” Users can either upload images from their computer or pin things they find on the web using the Pinterest bookmarklet.
As with most other social networks, users can perform standard social networking functions such as following the boards of their friends, liking and commenting on other users’ pins, re-pinning content to their own boards, sharing others’ pins on Facebook and Twitter or via email, and even embedding individual pins on their website or blog. Here are some images from the Webman’s Pinterest pages – I am just getting going so the cupboard is still a bit bare. Their search engine sucks right now but I am sure that will get better.
Pinterest still operates under an invitation-only basis. That being said, you can request an invitation from Pinterest. Visit www.pinterest.com, click ‘Request an Invite,’ and enter your email address to be notified when you have access to create your account. Or you can ask a friend who already has a Pinterest account to invite you.
If you are interested in learner more about Pinterest please read more by accessing the following Hubspot article: http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/31147/The-Ultimate-Guide-to-Mastering-Pinterest-for-Marketing.aspx#ixzz1l4tEVJvA
Pinterest is fun, easy and full of incredible ideas, concepts, sayings and inspiration. Check it out when you can. You might just find yourself using some of those other social networks a lot less.
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