You may have been hearing about it everywhere — Pinterest — but what is this crazy website that has everyone buzzing? The simple answer is that Pinterest is a virtual inspiration board and people who are already “pinning” know that it’s far more than that. Let’s walk through the ins and outs of jumping on the Pinterest bandwagon.
You know when you’re browsing online and see something you love and don’t want to forget? What do you do — email it to yourself? Print it out and put it in a binder? Bookmark it on your computer? Now there’s a simple way to compile all of the great things you find online
Pinterest is a website that allows you to “pin” things online, just as you would pin them on a real life bulletin board, but instead, Pinterest saves all of your pins on your account so that you can access them easily. Plus, you can follow friends on Pinterest and “repin” things that they have already pinned on your Pinterest boards or browse a live feed of items that are being pinned by strangers when you’re searching for inspiration.
People are using it for different things — from saving recipes that you want to make to saving articles that you want to reference later to all of the shoes you’d love to add to your closet for spring — so Pinterest can easily be whatever you want it to be. You could (ahem, cough, wink, wink) even pin some information about your FAVORITE CHIROPRACTOR!
As you start pinning, create “Boards” that categorize your pins, making them easy for you to find later. Pinterest suggests some to get you started, but usually you’ll want to create your own to fit what you love to pin. It takes a while to get the hang of creating boards — they need to be the perfect combination of general and specific — but we promise that the more you pin, the better your boards will become.
As always, with new web fads and technologies, if you don’t understand it and want to know more, just find a twelve year old to explain it to you.