Being the big food lovers that you are, I would not be surprised if many of you are already using Pinterest, the hottest new social networking tool on the Internet. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of folks out there who don’t know what it is or have not had a chance to check it out.
Pinterest is, essentially, a virtual bulletin board where you can “pin” images of all sorts of interesting things, from recipes to works of art to pieces of furniture. These pins almost always include a link back to the original source. So if I pin a photo of a delicious stuffed pork tenderloin, it really isn’t going to do anybody else any good unless it links back to the recipe for said delicious stuffed pork tenderloin. Because of these attached links, Pinterest is a great way to create and maintain a collection of visual bookmarks, so to speak, that lead you back to information you want to save.
I love Pinterest, and here’s why:
1. Because it is like eye candy, and I find it very pleasurable and stress-relieving to peruse the boards and look at all those pretty images.
2. Because I can share links with others, learn what interests others, show a bit of my own personality all WITHOUT having to read stupid comments, status lines, arguments and more. I am all for promoting the written word (obviously), but sometimes you have to tune that out. While commenting is possible on pins, I have yet to see anything insulting or offensive. Now, I’m sure the trolls will get there eventually because they’ve slithered into all kinds of nooks on the web. But Pinterest comments usually are along the lines of: “Ooh, that’s a pretty wedding cake” or “Oh, I can’t wait to try this recipe” or “Hahaha!! That just made me almost fall out of my chair laughing!”
3. Because I am able to pick up all kinds of REALLY cool ideas. Pinterest is full of organizing tips, recipes and advice. For example, today I learned that you can bake two Bundt cakes and then flip one over on top of the other and frost them to make a pumpkin-shaped cake. I’ve seen a lot of ideas for repurposing old objects, too. It really inspires me to be more crafty and straighten up the spaces in my life.
There are other reasons, but those are the big ones. Pinterest is still primarily a tool being used by women, but there are plenty of men on Pinterest and more and more are joining every day.
I am currently involved in Pinterest in two ways: I have my own personal Pinterest page and I am helping The Roanoke Times to build a company Pinterest page. But you will not find pictures and links to stories about school bus crashes or Virginia Tech athletes-turned-criminal-defendants. Not that those stories don’t have their place, but Pinterest is more visual. We have boards for food, art, community happenings, cool local real estate, editorial cartoons, photographs, contests and promotions, fashion, gardening and sports. And here’s another neat thing about Pinterest: You don’t have to follow all of those boards; you can pick and choose what interests you and ignore the rest.
If you’d like to check out our Pinterest page and/or follow The Roanoke Times on Pinterest, click here.
If you would like to follow ME, Lindsey Nair, on Pinterest, click here. But please remember that is my personal Pinterest page, and while I am not generally an offensive person, I do sometimes have a quirky sense of humor. If you don’t like one of my boards, the solution is simple: Don’t follow that board!
I hope this has been helpful and/or interesting to some of you. I also hope you have a WONDERFUL Memorial Day weekend filled with friends, family, and FOOD! I’ll see you on Tuesday.