January 12, 2012
/ by Sukhraj Beasla
Honestly, I wasn’t too impressed when Pinterest was first announced. I got a few invites that I immediately deleted from my inbox and shook my head every time I saw a friend sharing a pin on Facebook or Twitter. However, one night while browsing Facebook during a commercial break I noticed a friend posting pins about her wedding. I was immediately curious and went to go look at them. As it turns out, I didn’t know all there was to know about Pinterest. Go figure.
I assumed Pinterest was a photo sharing site and it sort of is but it’s really a way to catalogue and organize those photos in a manner that makes sense to you. On Pinterest, pins (photos) are posted on boards. Boards can be labeled as technology, things to read, fashion, home, shoes, books, etc. You name and organize them as they make sense to you and add photos via the web or a smartphone app. Pinterest is useful if you’re trying to find ideas for a party, weddings, etc or if you’re trying to make a wish list of something you might like/want or places to travel. All of these pins are displayed elegantly on Pinterest’s website and mobile app for all your friends to see and get ideas of what you like. You can also share your own photos so that they can be reshared within the Pinterest network.
The potential for Pinterest is huge. It’s a great way to share your art and that of others. It’s also a great way to get ideas for any project. Other than creating stimulating pins, Pinterest serves as the vision/dream board of the modern age. I have created pin boards specifically for motivational quotes, ideas of where I want to go in life, and what I’d like to accomplish. I gather pins or add my own and look at the the boards daily via my the smartphone app or the web. It’s also a great handy tool on the go in case I need a wake up call or reminder of my purpose here on life.
To this date, the popularity of Pinterest continues to grow. They have received $27 million dollars in venture funds and have over 4 million users. It is also the top 10 most visited social networking site. Of course, like any social sharing and bookmarking style site, they next question inevitably include how they plan to monetize and continue to host all of this! Got thoughts?
If you’d like to check it out or create your own pins, check out this beginner’s guide.
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