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Quick Note: What is Pinterest?

February 9, 2012

Pinterest, a photo-oriented social network, has been surging in popularity lately. But what is Pinterest all about? Today’s Note discusses “Pinterest: A Beginner’s Guide to the Hot New Social Network,” a Mashable.com article that tries to shed light on Pinterest. The article begins to address the main question this way:

Pinterest is a place to organize and share online images that you find interesting or inspiring. Once uploaded or shared on Pinterest, these images become known as Pins, which the user can place on customized, themed Boards. You can create Boards for any topic imaginable, from cats to classic cars to cats driving classic cars. The possibilities are endless.

If you want to check out Pinterest, though, you have to be invited. You can sign up for invites on the site (prepare for a wait), or chances are you already know a Pinner who will gladly send you an invite.

[all italics are mine, and show quotations from the article]

The author, Rob Lammle, also addresses common uses for pinterest. He tells us “While there’s nothing wrong with just pinning pictures of cool stuff all day, Pinterest can be a really valuable tool for people with a specific purpose in mind. For example, many brides-to-be have replaced bulky three-ring binder wedding planners with the simplicity and portability of a Pinterest account. Some people create a Board for each room in the house and then pin decorating ideas for that room.

Lammle also explores how the social networking glue sticks together, explaining “When you see a good Pin, leave a comment, Like it, or Repin to one of your own Boards. If you find a Board that’s especially interesting, follow its updates, or head to the Pinner’s profile and follow all of her Boards. Like Twitter, it’s an open network, so follows don’t require permission, and you don’t have to follow anyone back.

Pinterest is an interesting network, with a different kind of dynamic. It’s highly visual nature probably appeals to many. Explore it a little and let me know what you think.

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2 Comments
  1. Jackie Paulson permalink

    I have been using Pinterest for about a year, I love it. I don’t sell anything but the craft ideas I get are awesome. Some of the links take me to a blog that I can learn to make the item too…it’s just a creative way to express myself and if I get followers that is great.

  2. Great post!!

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