Monday, November 15, 2010

Pinterest... My Latest Obssesion

What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a social catalog service. Think of it as virtual pinboards (inspiration boards/ Pins or saved images of interest ) ... a place where you can post collections of things you love, and "follow" collections created by people with similar taste and images.

I don't know about you, but I save dozens and dozens of images and tutorials and recipes and such every few days on my computer. Weeks later when I have a question about an image that I saved, I can't for the life of me remember where I found it... and, of course, I can't go back for more information. Even worse, when my hard drive recently crashed, I lost EVERYTHING that I hadn't transferred to a safe site. Aarrrgh!

College Daughter (of course, they always know the latest and greatest!) found this new Pinterest site and told me that I would love this way of saving and collecting all of my pretties. I went over and checked it out and was quickly interested. Without hesitation, I clicked the 'request an Invitation' link and impatiently kept checking my email to see if there was any news of the next step. They are new and just a bit slow at setting up your page... it took about a week and a half to get that long (it seemed) awaited email that I was ready to go....

...and GO I did! I loooove this site! Now, with my "Pin It" icon, I can quickly add the image (automatically complete with the link!!!!) to whichever of my boards that I'd like. You also get to add a note to remember what you like, what you would change or if a tutorial is included at the link. Huge Squeal of Delight! I already have boards for recipes, someday crafts, fabric, paper, kitchen, walls, gifts, thanksgiving, christmas... just to name a few! hahaha...  I no longer have to save the images (with no information) in my picture file.

But wait. There's more...... You find boards with similar interests to follow. All you have to do to see what's new on them is click the "boards you follow"link  and you'll seeall the images of any new pins (posts).Now re-pin any that you want to save to any of your boards. New boards can be added to your collection at any time as they are needed. You also receive emails telling you who has re-pinned one of your entries and who has started following any of your boards. I check out any people that look new to me to see if there's any delightful goodies to pin or follow. You don't have to follow ALL of a person's boards... just the ones that are interesting to you. I also save (pin) daily pretties from blogland as always and it bypasses my regular picture file. I've also pinned from flickr and similar sites. Once you have your pin-it icon in your toolbar, you can pin from ANY site.... giggles, giggles, giggles with glee!

Ok, you stoopid hard drive... I'm ready for you next time!!!! ...and in the meantime, I'm getting all of my images organized in one place WITH any needed info with links to every single one! Come check it out so you can start pinning, too!...... (click the link below)

See my pins on pinterest

1 comment:

Diane said...

I had never heard of this. Interesting!! :O)