Pinteresting! (What’s Not to Love?)
Ever put together a pin board, a little collage of inspiration inside your closet, be it decor or design or even fashion? Pinterest does this for you, online, and it’s free.
Richly visual and visually intoxicating, Pinterest is similar to Twitter; you can follow those who interest you – all your fashionista friends, the crafty types, the foodies, and re-pin their ideas to your boards. Or share ideas on a common board – i.e. a wedding design, or party planning. Create your own boards based on your own interests.
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.
Holiday decorations, yummy goodies, artwork, shoes, accessories and crafts. From style to scenery, any visual that inspires you is pin-worthy. Be sure to nab the handy little “Pin It!” ap for your tool bar. Find things you like on other boards? “RePin” to your own. Like what you see on other boards? Follow that person – all their boards, or select just the ones you are most interested in. Looking for something specific? Try searching for that item, see things you like, and follow that user.
A little pinning etiquette – as always, give credit where credit is due. Use the “Pin It” ap and your links will be maintained in your pins – this allows others following your pins to see where you’ve gotten your stuff. When you add a pin, use a good description (like “Bucle Sweater, DownEast Basics”) so that others who are searching by brand or by item will find it.
Comment – leave ideas, or “like” others pins, give encouragement and all the nice things you already do in your social media circles. It’s a visual feast – indulge yourself!
Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.
And don’t forget to load this on your phone – a lovely little passe-temps for the doctors office.
Your opening screen will always be the “What’s Up?” place to be – everything new from the boards of people you follow. Here’s where Pinterest gets dangerous – it’s easy to want to spend your entire day watching what’s new. My friend Sunrise actually sets herself a 15 minute timer – only 15 minutes of pinning, then back to work!
The site is growing – hence the requirement for an invite – and error messages are not uncommon. Just think “Twittter on Election Day” sorts of problems…
Here’s a few lovelies just to whet your appetite:
How to Tie a Scarf – extraordinarily useful
Wanna see what my boards are like? Come on over!
Seems like a waste of time? It’s not – I was able to whip out my phone at the hair stylist last week and show her 20 different pixie haircuts as we chose my next hair move. Faster than flipping through magazines, faster than putting together a binder of ideas. And it’s handy.
Need an invite? Send me a note and I’ll be happy to send you one. Follow me and I’ll follow you back.