Pinterest - A Basic Overview

Are you burned out on social media? Then you won't be thrilled to hear that a new social media site 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 share 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.

But that doesn’t explain what it is. The definition is in the name. Pinterest is a combination of the words “pin” and “interest”. Inside your account you have “pinboards,” similar to bulletin boards. You could make these public or not, and then “pin” images of stuff you have an interest in onto these and make notes about these images.

Creating Pinterest Categories

Creating categories will allow you to organize your account and permit individuals to decide what in your account they want to concentrate on. You can choose to share all of your pinboards with other users or only a couple. You can not only make notes regarding the images you pin to your pinboard, but you can also add links to sites where you found the images.

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 a buddy has a bunch 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 does not 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 join. You can easily request an invite straight from Pinterest when you log onto the site, but it's uncertain how long you must 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 have them invite you to the site through e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.