What is this Pinterest Thing, and What Does it Mean to Me

Are you burned out on social media? Then you really will not be pleased to hear that a new social media website is gaining traction. However, you might be interested to learn that this new site, Pinterest, doesn’t focus on the minutiae of day-to-day living as sites such as Twitter and Facebook seem to.

Are you burned out on social media? Then you really will not be pleased to hear that a new social media website is gaining traction. However, you might be interested to learn that this new site, Pinterest, doesn’t focus on the minutiae of day-to-day living as sites such as Twitter and Facebook seem to. Instead, Pinterest encourages users to express their interests with others. And in this way, at least, Pinterest does more to encourage creativity among its users than sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook.

The site’s name gives a clue as to what it’s all about: Pinterest is a combination of “pin,” as in pinboards, and “interest,” as in what you are all about. When you join Pinterest, you make your own “pinboards” or categories. You then attach photos and pictures that fit within those categories, as if you were pinning these images onto a bulletin board.

Creating Pinterest Categories

With Pinterest you can create different categories, like business and fashion, then pin images to each category and make notes with regards to the images along with links to the website you found them on. You can then choose to share all of your pinboards or only a couple with other Pinterest users.

The Social Part of Pinterest

Of course, social interaction forms the core of Pinterest. You can decide to follow people much like you would on Facebook or Twitter. But you can also choose to follow specific collections. Say an associate has a number of old movie poster images that you simply find fascinating. But she also has a collection of images of her 3-year-old son that doesn’t quite appeal to you as much. You could decide to follow her movie posters while ignoring her toddler.

Joining Pinterest

The main challenge with Pinterest is getting an account: you have to be invited to sign up. You can request an invitation directly from Pinterest when you go to the site, but it’s uncertain how long you’ll have to wait to receive an invitation using this method. It is much more reliable to seek out friends or acquaintances that are already using Pinterest. You can then ask them to invite you to the site through e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.

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