Okay people. I finally did it. I created a Pinterest account. After months, nay, probably a year, of friends and family members telling me how much I would love it, I finally succumbed. Half of me feels like I sold my soul a little bit and I’m scared, but the other half feels like they were probably right. Because guess what? For the last twenty minutes, I have been having a grand old time.
I’m still getting past some of the initial hurdles, like tightening up my security options (I’m one of those people that likes to keep things VERY tight. I get all Big Brother paranoid really easily), figuring out how to do basic things like following or unfollowing people, etc. But guess what? I have already gotten a couple awesome ideas.
Like Stylemint.com, which I blogged about here, Pinterest does a really cool thing when you first join. They show you a bunch of different pictures and have you tell them a few that you like. I think they have you choose around 6 or 7. Then they have an idea of what your style is and what you’re interested in. And then, when you get to your actual homepage, you are already following a bunch of people based on what you told them already. Now again, due to my Big Brother paranoia, this freaked me out a tiny bit. But when I got over that, I realized that, gosh darnit, I did in fact like a lot of the things these strangers were posting, so maybe it’s okay.
Pinterest is totally a genius idea. On their Help page, under “About,” (I’m going to try to link to it here but it might not work if you’re not already a member), they describe Pinterest as a “place to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web.” What a neat idea, right? I’m one of those people whose bookmarks list is about a mile long, because I’m always worried that I won’t be able to find something again in the future. Looks like that problem has been solved by Pinterest!
So many successful businesses seem to start that way–a minor annoyance or problem is solved in a simple and user-friendly way. And then you kick yourself because you think, “man, I should have thought of that!” But oh well. You just have to give in and enjoy the fruits of other people’s labor sometimes.
I have a feeling it’s going to take me a little while to become a Pinterest pro, but I’m loving the learning process so far. The interface is very simple and easy to use, so it’s one of those things where I’m just going to have to play around on it to figure it out. Heck, I just used the word “play” to describe something I’m doing on the internet. Shouldn’t the internet be fun? Shouldn’t using it feel like playing, at least sometimes? I think so!
I wish I could tell you how to follow me on Pinterest, but I don’t really know how yet. I’ll have to get back to you on that one. And maybe by the time I know how to do that I’ll have at least one or two boards of my own, full of “beautiful things” that I’ve found. Until then, I’m gonna go play.