Everyday there seems to be a lot of new and different types of social media available. Maybe the developers are all hoping to be the next Twitter or Facebook phenomena. And so it was, that with a bit of skepticism and a cup of coffee in hand, that I made my way over the Internet to a site called Pinterest. A couple of my friends had mentioned it to me and I have seen the cute little red pin logo on other websites, like Etsy, my favorite blogs, and lately on other library websites, too!
Pinterest is an online pin board that allows users to create and manage theme or subject based image collections. People using Pinterest create boards for such topics as: events, special interests, and hobbies, crafting and organizing things like the recipes that they find while searching the Internet. The site says, “Organize and share the things you love”. As you might imagine, weddings, crafting, travel and holiday shopping ideas seem to be very popular categories for boards. Everyone can browse other pin boards for inspiration and ‘re-pin’ images to their own collections for future enjoyment. You can follow your friends, fellow hobby enthusiasts, celebrities, and experts like Martha Stewart or Matthew Mead. They even offer the option of creating “secret” boards to organize and remember the holiday gifts you bought for that special someone or that surprise party you are planning. The Manchester City Library has pin boards on Pinterest for our book discussion groups, local authors, E-book help, and local resources, just to name a few.
So consider Pinterest as another way to help organize all the ideas and images that you find on the Internet. It’s also a fun way to share and keep in touch with your friends and family and e-mail someone your Pinterest Christmas list! HmMmmMMm. I wonder if Santa is on Pinterest?