Pinterest. It’s a virtual pin board for ideas discovered on the internet.
For some people it’s easier than ripping pages out of magazine. Some people love it. Some say it’s a time suck. Some use it to steal ideas and take the credit for someone else’s creativity. Others say that it makes them envious or covetous. And still others use it for business gain. Whew! Who knew a virtual pinboard could create so much passion?
And here’s an interesting fact. Pinterest is now the third most popular social network in the United States.
The question I have for you is this. Are you pinteresting?
Where are you in this plethora of pinning possibilities?
And yes, I really do want to know.
I’ve been pinning for more than a year now, I think. Yes, I have stayed up until the wee hours of the morning a time or two. But, then again, I’ve done that reading blogs, or Facebook, or even a book or magazine. I really do like Pinterest. It has been a great tool for me. Seriously, my husband thinks it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Having made 5 moves to 4 states since we’ve left our dream home, he really likes the idea that I will not be adding to my already vast collection of magazines for subsequent moves. Well, maybe a few more. (Shhh…don’t tell him.) As an avid magazine reader, it’s like the best picture magazine ever. I can flip the pages quickly and discover a whole world of great inspiration. Food, Gardening, Health, Home Decor, Handmade How-tos, Household Tips, the list of things to learn and do is endless. If you have an interest in almost anything I would encourage you to check it out.
Here’s my Pinterest link: AnExtraODay
And for those of you who aren’t in the know…here’s a screenshot of just a portion of my Pinterest Boards:
Pinterest has rules, you will be wise to read them and abide by them. It makes everyone happy, I kid you not. There is a cardinal rule for using Pinterest. Essentially, if you see something online that you like and would like to pin to one of your boards, please be sure that you are pinning from the source. The place (especially a blog) where you are seeing the photo may, or may not, be the source. Hopefully the source will be listed, click on that, and from there you can create your pin. Also, I have placed the “Pin-it” button in my browser’s tool bar. I’ve heard of several ways to make pinning easier, but this works quite well for me.
If that makes your head spin, just follow people like me and re-pin. That’s super easy and a ton of fun.
Just for fun I registered for PinReach.
I did it mostly out of curiosity. It’s a place where you can compare your pinning prowess to others. Or more officially it’s a way to measure your popularity, influence, and reach on Pinterest. My PinScore is 45. I wouldn’t have guessed it, but it’s actually a very good number. The highest reach number is 83. The second highest is 79. It’s also a place to locate the movers and shakers in the pinning world. I’ve discovered one or two there that I’m now following.
If you’re in to analytics, it’s also interesting to discover more info than you see on your Pinterest Board. For example, as you can see in the screenshot below, some of my 4,972 pins have been repinned 12,936 times. That’s pretty amazing.
It’s free to sign up for PinReach. Let me know if you do and what you think of it.
Here’s another screen shot of my most popular pins.
I wouldn’t have guessed that these would have been so popular. But, then again coffee shops are on almost every street corner, so the most popular pin has undoubtedly been a favorite of all those coffee lovers.
The second most popular pin was of a “Cute wreath made of “fun fur” and a small wreath form!” The day I pinned it, Pinterest was having some hiccups and I thought my pins weren’t taking, so somehow I pinned it multiple times. I deleted several extras, but the pin was immediately so popular that within days the 3 that I left up had 280 pins, 43 pins, and 59 pins. Which is considerably more than the 280 shown…as that shows just one pin…not the multiples of that one pin. (I hope that wasn’t confusing.) The point is, that in a blink of an eye, if you’ve pinned something that catches people’s interest…they will be repining like crazy. And that’s fun to see!
What has been your most popular pin?
There are several ways Pinterest has been especially useful to me. Would you like to know how and see some of my favorite pins? I’ll do that. Another day. 🙂 What a tease I am.
Back to the original question….
Are you Pinteresting?
If you are…what do you pin? What do you like or dislike about Pinterest?
If you’re not Pinteresting….Why not?
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