Have you heard of Pinterest?! It is the coolest website ever….Seriously!! I am constantly finding ideas online that I want to remember. Previously, I have saved all these ideas using bookmarks on my computer. Ask me how many times I have went back to those bookmarks to find one of these fabulous ideas …rarely…you should see how long that list is! And I can’t even count how many times I have tried to find something online, that I remembered seeing once and search after search, I still cannot find it. Does this sound familiar?!
Pinterest your own personal bulletin board where you can pin up your favorite photos, idea, recipes, etc. You can even organize your pins into categories. It is amazing! I will never lose my recipes and ideas again!
Here is a sample of the homepage you will see when you log in. I am currently viewing Everything that has been posted (actually it is just a sampling of everything that is posted). Notice on the left, you can browse by category based on what you are interested in viewing. You can also just look at the Pinboards of the people that you are following. If you love something, you can simply repin it, comment on it, or like it.
Here are a few of my Pinboards (categories).
You pin anything (well almost anything). It doesn’t have to be food related…fashion, wedding, photography, architecture, travel, decorating, diy projects….the possibilities are endless!
There are a couple of rules/etiquette to follow when pinning. You can read all of them here– Pin Etiquette — but this is one that is essential to follow:
Pins are the most useful when they have links back to the original source. If you notice that a pin is not sourced correctly, leave a comment so the original pinner can update the source. Finding the original source is always preferable to a secondary source such as Google Image Search or a blog entry.
Basically, if you want to be able to find the post or information that goes a long with you pin you need to be sure that you use the original source when pinning (and since this is a sharing site, you need to make sure that other people can also find the information if they choose to repin your pins). If you are on a blog, click on the title of the blog post to go directly to that post before pinning. This way the pin will link to the post, not to the homepage of the blog. You can also tell if you are on the homepage or post by looking at the URL bar at the top.
For example, if it says: http://www.sugarandspiceandallthingsiced.com/ you are on my homepage–do not pin an image.
If it says: http://www.sugarandspiceandallthingsiced.com/2011/06/palm-trees/ you are safe to pin because it will link directly to that blog post.
So, are you ready to get started?! You will need to request an invite. I have 6 invites up for grabs…I will send an invite to the first 6 people to comment on this post (let me know in your comment that you would like an invite). Do you already have a Pinterest account? I’d love to follow your pins! Here is my Pinterest account info: http://pinterest.com/sugarspice_iced/. I think you should be able to follow me from that link. What are you waiting for? Let’s get pinning!