From a simple pin board idea…
Keeping track of trends on the web or otherwise can be challenging. As a matter of fact, keeping track of anything can be a challenge depending on what tools you choose for that.
So much is happening on the web and it’s all happening so fast! I was catching up one day not too long ago and came across Pinterest. Interesting and nifty little site. What is it you might ask? Well Pinterest is, simply put, a virtual pin board, a place in the digital space where you can pin stuff, put up pictures, photos, images. Oh, and it’s also pretty much a web revolution… whaaat??
Here are a few things that are pretty cool about it:
- Every image is linked to a website. It allows readers, fans and followers to explore the websites linked to that specific image. So on top of posting cool images you can actually direct people to the sites associated with it.
- It allows you to connect with friends, acquaintances and more. Find something cool on the web, pin the image in Pinterest and people that follow your boards can now check it out and vice-versa.
- Pinning is easy with a “pin it” button added to your favorites bar.
- People can comment on your pins, like them as well as re-pin them on their own boards.
That’s essentially it, in a nutshell. So what’s the big buzz about you might ask? What brought my attention to it is that it drives and incredible amount of traffic.
…to a web revolution!
According to this article in Techcrunch:
“Although reports trickling in are raising questions around Pinterest’s ability to convert its network of enthusiastic photo sharers to e-commerce shoppers, the site itself is still growing quickly. According to new data released by Shareaholic this morning, Pinterest has beaten out Yahoo organic traffic, making Pinterest the fourth largest traffic driver worldwide. In addition, the company found that Google, Yahoo, and Bing organic traffic decreased by 15.63% on average since January, which the firm speculates may indicate more people are discovering content through social sites like Pinterest.”
Those numbers are very impressive to say the least. Why it is so popular? In part because people tend to be visual. Reading something on the web is one thing but an image does paint a thousand words.
I haven’t had time to use Pinterest quite as much as I would like to. But I am thrilled to have found it! I now have a place where I can list all the books I love, my favorite movies, things on my wish list, articles I want to share with friends, cool websites, cool ideas for decorating, recipes, travel destinations, favorite artists, thinkers, movers and shakers, favorites shop & restaurants and sky is the limit. Pinterest feels like an amazing place to define yourself in the digital space, and connect with people you know or people with similar interests.
Note: I was also recently requesting a feature for private boards. As in… you have newborn baby pictures to share with loved ones but not quite ready to share it with the world? Now you can, by using a private board!
Check it out! Most people love it. Here are a couple of boards I recently started curating:
- Inspirations & Aspirations : things that are insipiring or that I long for
- 4 legged friends: gorgeous dogs and other furry friends
- Quirky.com favorites: promising new consumer products crowd sourced at Quirky
- Spruce up the backyard: fun ideas to turn the backyard in the sanctuary you deserve
- Kickstarter.com favorites: check out and support awesome projects by awesome people
- Connect! : my personal selection of the most relevant websites to be on
- Taking Care of Business! : a personal selection of business articles, companies or events
- Tomorrow’s Today : what’s happening with technology, innovation and the future
- Vintage Toys: a couple of vintage items I found here and there
- Collectibles: some nice collectibles and hidden treasures we discovered
- Them Books! : great inspiring work by some of my favorite authors
Have fun!! Feel free to invite me to cool boards of your own!
Other interesting blogs or articles on Pinterest: