With the huge success of social sharing, creative minds everywhere are coming up with new ideas to share their lives (in the form of updates, pictures, videos etc) with others.
What is Pinterest?
In a nutshell Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Just as you would pin things up your physical board as a reminder or for others to view, Pinterest is the online version.
You can use it to plan events, categorize your files, or share interesting multimedia that you find on the Web.
How Does Pinterest Work?
Pinterest users have online “pin boards” to which they attach various forms of media (could be a video, a product, a discussion, but most often is a picture). These items (known as ‘pins’) can be uploaded from personal hard drives or can be found online.
When someone finds something interesting online they “pin it” and can then group their pins into categorized ‘boards’.
You can browse other users’ pinboards, and what’s also nice is that you can then “re-pin” an item to your own board, like a Twitter retweet or a Facebook share. You can also comment on people’s pins.
The whole idea is to link people through common interests and passions.
You can sign up for a Pinterest account at pinterest.com
My Problem with Pinterest
It’s nothing new. It’s probably a nice idea, but personally I think the social sharing is getting out of hand. How many platforms are people going to have to join in order to stay in touch with friends or like-minded strangers?
There is already Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn which are the dominant three. More and more of these social sites are going to be popping up as developers realize how much money is to be made with them. For me, I’d rather just stick to one or two, or just send out an ‘old-fashioned’ email.
That being said, Pinterest works well, it looks classy and the more creative / designer – minded will really appreciate it. And I’m sure people around the world (there are currently 10.5 million registered users) are grateful for the creation of Pinterest as another medium for them to easily share their interests.