Addictive? Eye Candy? Inspirational? Organized? Bookmarks?
Pinterest is my newest addiction and internet love/time-waster. Too often, I found myself on Facebook, looking at stupid quotes from people, so in February, one of my best friends convinced me that Pinterest was a better mind-numbing-activity. I took her advice and started pinning. And let me tell you, she was right, Pinterest is AMAZING. More fun than riding a roller coaster. Although it sucks time out of you, it seems more productive and educational, as you piece together ideas/goals/activities/interests for yourself.
What is Pinterest?
Pinterest is basically a big pretty bulletin board of all your bookmarks on the computer, allowing you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web with *other* people (but it also serves as a reminder for yourself, too –>why I use it). People use pinboards to decorate their homes, shop for new outfits, arrange their recipes, find inspiration in photographs, and more. Not only is it a virtual bulletin board, but it is a social network site that allows you to be inspired and acquainted with NEW ideas and images through your friends. No more searching on epicurious.com, now, I just go to my friends’ pinterest recipe pages and search for recipes that they love that might catch my eye.
It is super duper easy to pin. First of all, you can start pinning straight from the website, pinning other’s pins onto your boards, or you can download a “pin it button” on your toolbar of your computer. If you do that, you can simply hit the “pin it” button when you are browsing the web and find a picture of interest. Then, you categorize and summarize the pin, and VOILA: it is now on your board!
And for us lucky ducks with iPhones, you can even pin on your iPhone. The app is free and easy to install. Then, when sitting on a bus instead of looking at people’s deep thoughts on Facebook, you can look at recipes, clothes, hotels, artwork. All these images will truly inspire you.
I highly recommend that you join the fun and start pinning. My favorite people to follow on pinterest include famous designers (Peter Som), favorite bloggers (Cup of Jo), and best friends. Search for me on Pinterest and follow! Josie Girl! Who do you follow on pinterest — do tell! And click on the “P” at the bottom of any of my posts to share on your Pinterest page!