I was a little late to the social media scene. I skipped Friendster and MySpace. I was dragged onto Facebook kicking and screaming. I don’t Tweet (except for a brief spell where it was required by a former employer). Now I have discovered a social media site that is truly for me. It is my new crack like addiction and I must share it with you.
If you are anything like me, you bookmark lots of ideas – things to buy, recipes, great websites, etc. Many times it seems so silly to bookmark just one item. Also, if you are gathering a number of items for a project, your list of bookmarks can quickly become cumbersome. Wouldn’t it be easier to have everything in one place and to be able to quickly glance at the photos without having to bring up an entire site? That is exactly what Pinterest allows you to do. You are basically creating an online bulletin board of ideas. You can start as many boards as you want (currently I’m at 5 boards) in order to break down your ideas but subject. The options are limitless – home décor, food & drink, art, diy & crafts, sports and travel are just a few of the many categories in which your boards may fall.
You are likely wondering how this site is a “social media” site. Beyond the fun of just setting up your own boards, you can “follow” (like Twitter) your friends and get new ideas from their boards. You can also look on the main boards (sorted by subject) at the most popular and newest posts. What do you do when you see something fabulous that you would like to add to your own boards? You “repin” and the idea is yours forever!
Personally I have found that the main boards are the most addictive and have found some amazing ideas. Of course the more you post to your own boards, the more you will get out of it!
You have to request to become a member or be invited by a member to join. It took about 48 hours from the time I requested to become a member until I was given a password. It might be faster if you are invited by a member. That being said, if you want to get on this crack too just drop me a line and I’ll invite you right away!