Monday, January 9, 2012

The Newest social media craze?

Do you follow my personal blog?  If you do, you heard me whine about a website was down on and off all day.  Hence why this post is so delayed. :) The site was Pinterest.

If you are on facebook, chances are you've heard about pinterest.  My newest guilty pleasure.  I can easily waste more time here than on facebook.  Yeah.  I know, it's scary!  If you aren't on facebook and haven't heard of pinterest, you are missing out.  Now this probably appeals more to females than males, but just go with it here.  Pinterest is self described as "a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests."

Many people use it in place of their favorites list.  This is because you can post a picture, and back link it to the actual site.  So, when you are looking for that crochet tutorial or that home made play doh site or your next little black dress, all you have to do it click on the picture and walla!

To get started you will need to be invited.  Yes, Very elite! :) You can request one from pinterest directly, which may take weeks I'm told.  Or you can get an invite from someone you know who is already on pinterest. (You can comment below if you would like an invite from me!)

Much like the other social media sites, you can follow your friends boards.  You can follow people you know or people you don't know, but who share similar interests. Or, if you're like me, you can use it to continue to gain online exposure.  Of course, like facebook and the like, these backlinks are not yet deemed reliable and time will tell how google ranks these backlinks.

Another downfall, many have expressed the soon downfall of Pinterest due to those wonderful little spammers out there.  Supposedly, they'll  need to shut down the open link feature of Pinterest due to excessive spam.  Not sure how the site would survive that as that is basically the whole idea.  I'm sure there is a way around that, such as the codes other sites use.  But I am not techie at all! So I will leave that problem and solution up to the pros.

Anyway you cut it, right now [ it working right now? ok.  Yeah, it is! :) ] this site is pretty fun! It isn't just filled with crafty jazz.  Tons of wedding ideas, recipes, gardening, and other household tips, among many other things! Even if you aren't a girl, I think you will have fun at least browsing the site. (which by the way, you do not need a log in just to look - only to interact!) And oh yeah, follow me on Pinterest! Now get over there and get Pinning!

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