Monday, March 26, 2012

The New Visual Network: Pinterest

This new up and rising website star has no visible means of support, contains millions of pictures and receives visits from 10 million people in the U.S. each month. It was listed as one of the The 50 Best Websites of 2011 by Time Magazine.  It has received some impressive free media exposure with Reese Witherspoon stating it has "a collection of the most amazing, wonderful craftiness on the earth!"

So what is Pinterest?  It has been called a visual bulletin board for the Web. People post images of what they love:  food, clothing, crafts, books, movies, decorating, travel, photography, videos.. you name it, it's there.

Images are called "Pins" and they can be uploaded or with a small application added to your browser, from websites.  Once something in "pinned" on Pinterest, you can "Repin" to add it your board.  Many of the pins are linked to their original location on the web ( to double click on the full size image), so instructions for that crocheted hat could be available.

"Board"? Well that is your virtual bulletin board that contains your pins.  You can have several allowing you to organize and categorize your pins.

Looking for ideas for a child's birthday party? Use the search feature and find more than you ever expected! 

Pinterest still requires you to request an invitation, or you can ask someone you know for an invite.  Matter of fact.. post your email to me in the comments of this post (I won't publish it) and I will be happy to send you an invite to a fascinating world of images and ideas.


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