Do you remember the days when the SEARS catalog would arrive at your doorstep? Yes, I am dating myself. But, I recall going through the five pound book page by page. My friends and I would spend hours and hours earmarking the pages that were worth a second or third look. It was a dreamer’s delight.
Fastforward to 2012 and meet the new version of catalog shopping – PINTEREST. Instead of earmarking pages, you “repin” – which is in essence a virtual bookmark.
Now I am a newbie at PINTERST and I must admit it is addictive. I love catalog shopping and magazine reading and PINTEREST melds these two entities together. First, you create BOARDS. Some people create boards with snazzy titles, I myself go the professional route and pin with key words. Such as RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS, AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE and ASL INTERPRETING. I must admit that this format is really engaging. I am by far a visual learner (hence why sign is so easy for me, perhaps?).
Once you create boards with some pins go looking for friends and other people’s boards with like interests. I have been delving the site for subject matter that has home renovation ideas. Once I happen upon a pic I like I repin it to my Home renovation board. You then can click on the pic and go directly to a website which will give you more information about what you saw. Often these clicks bring you to blogs, Youtube video or online shopping sites. Regardless, it is truly “one stop shopping”!
I have done a crash course in PINTERST 411 and found that the vast majority of users are women. This must make corporate America VERY happy as who does the most of the family shopping – Women! Men, supposedly will use PINTEREST if they want to check out women or men on a more personal level.. .and we are not talking women sporting this years couture!
Here are some of my favorite PINTERST pages to follow:
KIDLUTIONS- Wendy Young is a mega – powerhouse. With over 800 thousand followers – she has far more than anyone I know. (To put it in perspective, OPRAH has only 40K) I hope that people will really check out her great info on mental health issues and education. http://pinterest.com/kidlutions/
OPRAH Of course OPRAH (and her staff) have a rock’in Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/Oprah/
My love for this company from Northern California knows no limits. Check out their amazing culmination of info: http://pinterest.com/education_com/
IMDB – The Internet Movie Database must be having a field day. They can upload one Movie poster after another on this medium . I uploaded todays PINTEREST board for them. Curious is they monetize their pages or not? http://pinterest.com/imdbofficial/
YOUR FAVORITE PINTERST BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS ARE WELCOME IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW (FAMILY FRIENDLY PLEASE)