Pinterest is a new social network allowing you to post Pins (meaning pictures or videos related to your interests) to personalised Boards according to different topics which you organise yourself. You can choose to pin random pictures you like but the most interesting part of Pinterest is if you have a goal in mind. Let’s say you’re planning a wedding (giving weddings seem to be very trendy lately). With this new platform, you can create a project called “Wedding Project” and pin pictures about decoration, dresses etc. Obviously this is just an example. There is an infinity of projects you can pin pictures for.
Boards can have multiple contributors which is great for collective projects and sharing ideas. If you need some inspiration, you can browse and filter other Pinners’ Boards by category through the Everything drop-down menu. When you see a Pin you like, you can either leave a comment, or Like it, or else Repin it to one of your own Boards. Just like Twitter, you can also follow Pinners who have interesting Boards. You can also share your Pins via Facebook. So Pinterest is definitely an interactive platform.
Finally Pinterest has some extra options which can be quite useful such as the Popular button allowing you to check out popular trends or a Gifts menu, giving you ideas of gifts by price range.
Using Pinterest is quite straightforward (as shown below) with a Pin It button and a drag-and-drop browser. It’s not just a nice platform for individuals as it can be a very useful tool for companies too.
Pinterest’s mission as stated on their site is: “to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.“
What a great mission but here comes the bad news: you will need an invitation to join the network… You can always request an invitation on the site but apparently it can take a while so if you know a Pinner, please let me know!
In the meantime, you will get more information about Pinterest in the video below: