Do you ever feel left out? That the whole world is in on something so cutting edge you’re the only one whose fingertips aren’t bleeding?
It’s time you got to know Pinterest. You’ve heard about it, seen the cute curly ‘P’ on all your favourite websites. Maybe you’ve been asked by somebody you thought you knew if you like their latest pin?
But if you still aren’t sure what all these “pins” are about we’ve asked Pinterest veteran (ie has been on it for more than a month) Nicole McLachlan to answer a couple of questions. But before we dive in, check out this video ‘Pinsanity’. This is what happens when Pinterest crosses over to real life:
Why do I need Pinterest in my life?
Pinterest is like the day-spa of social media. No pressure.
Facebook can be exhausting because there’s a nagging fear you’ve missed something? And with Twitter – whether you’re a ‘lurker’ or an active tweeter – it requires you to engagein a speedy, concise way. Pinterest is different – it’s all about prettiness, loveliness and going into a dreamlike trance as you wander through screens of style, humour inspiration and innovation. Also some weird stuff. If you want to engage with other ‘pinners’, you can, or you can ignore them. And they won’t care! How’s that for the polar opposite of Facebook?
How do I use it?
You use Pinterest to set up bulletin boards online. You know all those gorgeous ‘mood boards’ and stylish pinboards you see in home decoration magazines, but that you can never achieve because your own board is clogged up with pizza vouchers and overdue school permission slips? Right. Well, Pinterest is your way of creating bulletin boards that are stylish and useful.
You can set up boards according to any category you like. For example, I have boards called ‘Books I Want to Read’ (if I read a review that looks good, I’ll pin a picture of the book to that board), ‘Presents’ (If I see something that I love, but can’t justify buying myself, I’ll pin it here so when someone says ‘What would you like for your birthday?’ I can answer them). I also have a board called ‘Funny’, which has stuff like this:
Pinterest is also awesome for projects, like weddings, having a baby (ok, that’s not so much a ‘project’) or in my case, redoing my home office. I have a board called ‘Dream Offices’, which has pics of impossibly stylish workspaces from which I might take an idea and give it a red-hot go in my own workspace.
The beauty of the system is if you’re looking for ideas, inspiration, or you’re just nosy, you can search for other boards in the same or similar category, and ‘repin’ stuff you may never have found otherwise. Genius.