At first I wasn't sure I would like Pinterest. I didn't really get the point. Then I figured out one good way to use Pinterest would be as a substitute for bookmarking Internet pages in my browser. I have many, many pages bookmarked that I want to remember or refer back to. Instead of bookmarking a page, with Pinterest you "Pin It" using the Pin It button. Pinning pages allows me to organize like pages into themes and have a visual reference when I am looking for something. This seems to work really well for me.
Pinterest has the added feature of allowing you to follow others and lets others follow you. Like Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest encourages you to create a community. When you pin something to one of your boards, that pin becomes visible to others who are following you. That makes Pinterest a great way to share your favorite content with others. When I log in to Pinterest I can see the recent pins from the other pinners that I follow. Below is a portion of a recent login page on Pinterest.
By hovering over any pin on the page I have three action options: Repin, Like, or Comment. You'll see how these options appear by looking at the top of the picture below. These options give me a quick way to repin the pin to one of my boards, add the pin to my "Likes" or add a comment to the pin.
By clicking on the picture I am taken to the pinner's board and a larger view of the pin. I can go to the original post from there by clicking the link in the upper right corner of the pin. Below you can see Lisa's original pin of the melting snowman cookie and on the left there is a picture of her GRANDkid cuisine board.
From here I can go to the original cookie post at Crazy Domestic by clicking the link where it says "From crazydomestic.com". I can also decided to repin it to one of my boards, like it or comment on the pin from here. If I want to check out the other pins in Lisa's GRANDkids cuisine board I can do so by clicking on any of the pictures at the left of the page.
Doesn't this sound like fun? I warn you, it can become addictive. I find visiting Pinterest is a lot like flipping through the pages of a magazine, never really knowing what you might find of interest. Do you want to give Pinterest a try? Pinterest is a site you can join only by invitation. If you would like me to send you an invitation to join the Pinterest community just send me a request by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you join Pinterest you'll want to download the Pinterest bookmarklet to make your pinning easy. It adds the Pin It option to your browser's toolbar like this:
the Pinterest Help page. I hope to see you on Pinterest soon.