I just got on board (yet another pun to be revealed in the next sentence) with the shiny new social media tool – Pinterest. It is a virtual bulletin board that allows users to “pin” items of interest – video, photos and other content on the Internet. Kind of like cyberspace scrapbooking, or a modern day equivalent of ancient carvings on cave walls.
Have you used it yet? What have you pinned? Leave a comment and I can pin it too! For info on my books click here to watch the video.
The growth of interest in Pinterest has exploded exponentially. It is being compared to the early days of FaceBook. What is so interesting, that users want to put a Pin in it? When it comes to photography, being on either side of the camera is a challenge, so visually appealing content works for me. Click here to view Business Insider’s list of top 20 sites being pinned on Pinterest. It seems as if everything and anything can be pinned, once a Pin button is accessible to users.
For vendors, a Pinterest follow button or pin code can be added to a webpage or image. This helps to increase social interaction with visitors and the number of Pins that an image receives, will can be shown on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. And yes, there’s an iPhone app for Pinterest too. This is fabulous for those who love to click and digitally imprint cyberspace.
How Pinterest is used, and what it actually means, is still evolving. Perhaps it is simply the revival of the 1950’s concept of “getting pinned.” It was in a lot of teenage movies as way that your high school sweetheart publicly announced the status of your relationship. Today “getting pinned” is a method of getting posted on a virtual wall of rememberance much like ancient hieroglyphics. I think that both meanings are cool, and hope that my financial education outreach, “Can I Have Some Money?” by Candi Sparks, or my website www.sparksfly.org will be of Pinterest to many.