A couple of months ago I mentioned a newish website which offers some excitement for those who are visually-oriented. This is the service called Pinterest. The site likens itself to a bulletin board where you pin images that interest you. So you can get an account with Pinterest and start collecting images you find on the web, rather like clipping photos from magazines and putting them on a design board. You can take a look at other peoples’ boards and add anything that appeals to you there, to your own board. I’ve found it useful while doing the planning for our new kitchen. And I’ve discovered tons of craft ideas. Here’s a link to my paltry collection of crafty images.
There is a social networking aspect to the site. All boards are public, and anyone can comment on a pin, which can lead to some bad behavior, as well as the sharing of useful information. There is a huge amount of repinning, which leaves a fascinating trail. In order to sign up, you must have a Twitter or Facebook account, so you know this is about gathering and selling information about users, to advertisers.
You might wonder about copyright on all these freely shared images. Pinterest takes a pinner-friendly approach to this, offering to remove any images that violate copyright, once the rights holder contacts them. The web source from which the original pinner grabbed the image is credited on each pin.
Although I joke that this site will particularly appeal to visual learners, it has much wider application. Leave yourself some time to check it out, as it’s quite mesmerizing. Let us know what you think…
Bye for now,