Friday, February 17, 2012

What's the interest in pinterest?

Chances are about 100% that if you are on Facebook, you have noticed the buzz around the latest internet fad, Pinterest. So what is this Pinterest anyway? To sum it up, it is a social media cork board that lets you share with friends, but let the site's mission statement say it: "To connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting." .
Actually, there is a little more to it then that, but it is the beauty of the simplicity of Pinterest that makes it so fascinating.
With Pinterest you can find anything that may interest you and add it to a pinboard that you can name such as dinner ideas, art, kids crafts, etc. After you add it, others can follow what you pin and re-pin it to their board and their friends and followers can do the same. Have a great recipe for dinner, pin it and let your friends know. Have a great kids craft, pin it and let your friends know about it. Did your friend find some really cool picture, re-pin it and let everyone know. From Pinterest Wiki:
Users of Pinterest curate themed image boards, populating them with media found online using the "Pin It" button, or uploaded from their computer. Each such item of media is known as a "pin," and can be a picture, a video, a discussion, or a monetary gift. Pins can be grouped into "boards," which are sets of pins created on a given topic. Pinterest can be accessed by adding the “pin it” button to the desktop bookmark bar, “follow me” and “pin it” button added to personal website or blog pages, and Pinterest for iPhone available through the App Store.
kids Crafts
To register for Pinterest, new users must receive an invitation from a friend already registered on Pinterest or request an invitation directly from the Pinterest website. The registration process currently requires users to link their Pinterest account to their Facebook or Twitter account. Users choosing to log in via Facebook must currently be using (or opt in to) Facebook's "timeline" format.
Pinterest allows users to follow the activity of other Pinterest users. A Tastemakers page exists to suggest relevant users to follow. When viewing the site's homepage, a user sees a "Pin Feed" that shows activity among the boards and pinners that the user follows.

Pinterest is an invitation only site and you must register with your facebook or twitter account but ask your wife or girlfriend, I am sure they are using it as the largest users of this site are women, my fiancee and her girlfriends included.
Dinner we made from pinterest
I have to say that we did make a couple of dinners that Karen found on the site and they were quite good, one so pretty that I actually took a picture of our actual dinner and posted it on facebook. We have actually made two dinners her friends found and Karen currently has her own boards on Pinterest and checks it when she can to see what her friends have posted, thus is the nature of a social pinboard.
it is Leonardo

Truth be told, I was trying to avoid the whole thing but I am warming up to it and have even found a great picture that speaks to the geek in me. So I guess it is safe to say that you may see me joining the site and sharing my pins too.

If you are looking for a great kids craft, or a great drink recipe, look to your friends and their friends, they may have found something that (p)interests you.


  1. Thanks for the review. I had been wondering this very same thing. It was one thing when I saw my sisters and sister in law taking about this (in person and FaceBook) but when I started noticing male friends that seemed to have taken great interest I was a bit curious. A "share on Pinterest" button maybe. :P

    1. See, women were talking about it and we are there to pay attention because what kind of guy would we be if we didn't understand what the ladies in our life were into. Although, I still do not totally get it, I understand the appeal and it is so simple it makes me wish I had thought of it.

  2. I think I may have said, "ohhh that sounds nice." and thought, that sounds ridiculous. It doesn't make any sense.

    Yeah, simple and you don't have to do anything but moderate content once it is set up. Genius is what it is.