Pinterest is a new website which is set up like an online bulletin board. It is a simple, lovely way to organize all the neat things you find online. You can create your own bulletin boards, organized by theme, and “pin” whatever you find onto them. I have a board for each of my children, baking and crock pot boards, books I want to read, and more. There is even a Mentoring Moments for Christian Women board!
There are several ways to find content to put on my Pinterest boards. I added a “pin it” button to my task bar (using the simple instructions on the Pinterest help page). Now, whenever I find anything I want to remember on the web, I just click “pin it” and add it to one of my boards. Pinterest is networked with Facebook, allowing me to easily follow some of my friends’ boards. I also follow boards like MMCW. Pinterest also allows you to see what others are pinning when you need inspiration on a certain topic. I like to browse Education for good ideas.
Pinning is a lot more fun and visually appealing than simply bookmarking a site. If you put a pin on your board, it automatically links back to the web page you pinned. As a the owner of a web-based business, I like Pinterest because whenever my pages get pinned to someone’s board it introduces their followers to my website, enabling them to visit my site by clicking on their friend’s pin. A few months ago I had never heard of Pinterest but I find that I am getting more and more click-throughs from Pinterest each day.
Pinterest currently has a waiting list, but it doesn’t seem to take more than 24 hours for approval. The help page gives very clear direction on everything from how to use Pinterest to setting up Pinterest links on your website or blog. If you decide to give Pinterest a try, don’t forget to follow MMCW on Pinterest!