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March 8, 2012

Pinterest – love at first sight!

In this post, Leah Van Rooy will tell you about the new social media platform called Pinterest and why you are going to love it …

Leah Van Rooy | Social SavvyPinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest. You’ve heard the name all over the place, but what is it and why should you care?

From the moment I signed-up it was love at first sight — sight, being the key word there. Pinterest is all about visuals.  It is a virtual bulletin board for you to ‘pin’ all of your favorite things and inspirations. Think of it as the front of your refrigerator, full of the stuff you love (pictures of your family, recipes you want to try, pages ripped out of travel magazines of places you want to go, etc.).

Take a peek at my Pinterest account.  I’ve ‘pinned’ photos and videos to boards for home ideas, party inspirations, DIY projects, food, travel and more!

 
 

I confess I’m addicted to Pinterest. I know what you are thinking, ‘I’m already on Facebook, Twitter, and five other social media networks – I don’t have the time for another!’ Believe me, you do. It’s sooo worth it! You are going to love Pinterest because-

  1. You will find inspiration everywhere, from the Pinterest site to your favorite designer’s blog. Pinterest has a simple one-click tool that will capture that brilliant idea (wherever it may be) and ‘pin’ it on the board of your choice.
  2. You can exchange ideas with your friends and family. For instance, if you are planning a wedding and your bridesmaids live in six different states, you can all share ideas on dress styles and color swatches. Or if your groom is looking for some ideas from his friends on what they would like to do when they get into town for the wedding, they can ‘pin’ different restaurants to try, golf courses to visit or comedy clubs to check out. 
  3. You can de-clutter your mind by ‘pinning’ your ideas on the Pinterest site. This way, when you need that recipe or want to watch a movie from your ‘must see’ list, you will have them. No more looking for those torn-out magazine pages or scribbles on the back of napkins. Head to Pinterest and your ‘pins’ will be waiting for you.
  4. You can ‘pin’ whenever the mood strikes – and if you don’t, no one is going to bother you. There is no social networking guilt.  Unlike Facebook or Twitter, Pinterest doesn’t have an unwritten expectation that you need to maintain relationships with others. In fact, you can be as antisocial as you want by turning off all notifications. But when you are feeling social, feel free to comment, ‘pin’ and ‘re-pin’ to your heart’s content.  Simply use Pinterest how and when you wish.

Over 12 million users (and counting) love Pinterest – and I’m sure you will too! 

-Leah

PS – Pinterest is still in beta testing, so if you need an ‘invite’ to create an account let me know — I can hook you up!