A friend told me about Pinterest a few months ago and my first thought was “I can’t handle any more social media.” I’m already buried under the crushing weight of my unread posts on Google Reader, tweets on Twitter, and status updates on Facebook. So I waited a few months, and mention of Pinterest surfaced again, and on a whim, I actually gave it a chance.
The site allows you to “pin” images from anywhere on the web to virtual inspiration boards you curate. You can have as many boards as you like, in whatever categories you want. I have a board for shoes, a board for baubles, a board for outfits I like, hairstyles, travel destinations, and so on. Others have food porn boards, book cover boards, stationary boards–whatever strikes your fancy. It’s a great way of keeping track of all those images you see online and then stash in a folder somewhere, without the link, never to be seen again.
Pinterest not only allows you to keep track of your own images, but it also lets you “follow” other pinners, and you can repin their images to your own boards, and make comments. Whenever I’m feeling a little dull or uninspired, I click over to Pinterest and take a quick look at the top pins, and it usually gives me lots of ideas, or at least lets me look at pretty things for a few minutes.
You need to request an invite in order to get an account, but I have six invites, so just let me know if you’re interested and I’d be happy to send you one! And you can see my boards here.