Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pinterest - the new visual social media site

When my art journaling teacher (Moira Richardson) told me she was using one Board on her Pinterest page for our Artist Inspiration series, I wasn't sure what she was talking about.  Of course, being the good student that I am, I followed her link.

And wow!  Are you inspired?  This is the Board Moira put together for Artist Inspiration Week #1, the beautiful artwork of Teesha Moore.

All that  color and design and graphics and favorites, all rolled into one.  But I thought, did I really want to get involved in another social media site?

Well, I'm a fan now.  

Has anybody ever use Evernote before?  Pinterest is something like that.  But for me, this is much better.    Here's a brief explanation: 

You install a "Pin It" link onto your Bookmarks Bar (below your http line) and whenever you see an image that you want to save, just click that link and grab your image.  You can grab videos too.   A drop down menu pops up and asks you where you want to place the image in your pinterest homepage.  And the image shows up on your page immediately!  It also shows up on the website's main page for a short time. 

Let me show you what I've done so far.  I have 8 Boards, sort of like folders, on my page.  There are 50 separate pins (photos) I've chosen, spread out between the Boards.

For example, when I was getting together my Etsy treasury, I created a new Board, and named it "First Friday Art Walk".   I did a search for items in the FFAW team shops and pinned 12 images that I really liked.  For those of you on Etsy, this is the best way I've found to pick and choose images for a treasury.  

Here's my Etsybloggers team Board.  I've pinned some of my favorite items from teammate's shops while looking around. 

If you look real close, Edi's scrapbook "Danny" that I picked (my DH's name is Danny) already has "1 repin"!  That means someone came to my page (or saw it on the front page) and repinned it to their page.  

One the very bottom of each pin, it gives you a link that is clickable.  I say, that's good marketing!

You can use Pinterest for anything that interests you.  Another Board of mine has things I want to buy (you can even put price tags on your pins).  All you need to do is to write a $ or £  sign before the number in your description.  
I have one Board called "Projects for the Future".  This one is real handy because it reminds me of things I want to try, lets me save the videos or tutorials, and gives me the link!  

Have I convinced you that this is a great tool?  I'm even more excited about it than when I started writing this post!  

So I say, Have Fun With It!  Collect photos of anything you want, and enjoy what your friends are collecting.  If you have any questions, there are loads of tutorials online.  Here are two that I checked out:

And you can ask me - I'll try and help, even though I'm a newbie!  


cindy said...

More social networking! I'm overwhelmed!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Hmmm, I might have to try it. I thought it was mainly a shopping site to favorite things you might like to buy, but now I see it cam be so much more!!

randomcreative said...

Yes, you have definitely convinced me! Signing up for Pinterest is on my "to do" list!

BeadedTail said...

It does look like so much fun so I might just have to sign up one of these days!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

This site looks so cool! I'm seeing it everywhere! I'm trying so hard to resist starting an account because I'm on the computer too much the way it is...LOL :) But you're making it really hard to resist!!!
Thanks so much for "pinning" my album! That's great to know it's been "repinned"!

Erika said...

I resisted for a long time but I do enjoy it. It is a great way to keep track of some of my favorites.

Skulleigh said...

Hah, I succumbed too! It's a lot of fun.

Kathleen said...

My daughter has been using this and she is really enjoying it. Like some others, I am wondering if I have the time to add one more thing! LOL

tamdoll said...

This is a fantastic idea. I'll be honest, I joined Pinterest but was totally overwhelmed. I keep pictures I like on my computer. Heart them on Flickr. Like things on FB... even though I love things I see on Pinterest, I didn't know what to use it for! Now I know - I can organize my Etsy group faves. Thanks for the idea!! Now I just have to learn how to do just that.

Judy Nolan said...

I had heard of Pinterest, but couldn't imagine how I'd use it. Thanks for this clear explanation.

Splendid Little Stars said...

Thanks, Deb! This sounds very interesting! will check it out!

Linda Pruitt said...

thanks for the explanation. I had heard about this, but still wonder if I have the time to devote to it. although . . . it would eleminate piles of paper "inspiration" pieces in my home ;-)

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