24 Aug 2011

Listen up, I have something Pinteresting to say...

If you've never heard of Pinterest, I'm about to introduce you to one heck of a treat!

I think every blogger knows what weheartit is - it's a site where people share pretty and inspirational pictures.  It might be their own picture or one they found online.  It's nice to go on weheartit and type in something general like 'pink' and then gorge on page after page of pretty pictures that pop up.  


It's a good site to use when you want to add a pretty picture to brighten up a text only post, and it's great for finding beautiful or cute images for your sidebar.

Pinterest is similar to wehearit in that it's also full of very pretty pictures, but it's better in so many ways. Here's the same search for 'pink' done on Pinterest.  


As you can see, you get more results filling your screen plus you can just scroll down through loads of images rather than clicking through pages.  Also, you can click on an image to see who has 'pinned it' (added it to pinterest) and who has 'repinned it' (I'll come on to that) or 'liked it'.  You can also read comments about the picture too.  

When you click on an image you can view it bigger and if you click it again, you are taken to the source of the image on the original website or blog.  I know that ownership of images can be an issue with weheartit, so I think this is a major plus for pinterest - also you might want to find out more about the image especially if it's a hit pair of shoes you'd like to buy or a cake you'd like to bake.  

As well as viewing images that match your search, you can view boards.  Boards are collections of images which have been pinned together by pinterest users because they match a common theme.  Here are some of the boards for the search 'pink'.  


You can click on a board and view all of the images that a particular user has pinned under the theme 'pink'.  If you really like the images a user pins, you can follow them and any new pins will appear in your news feed. 

After you register with pinterest you can create your own boards.  I think it's a good idea if you're gathering ideas for a new hairstyle, a wedding or baby shower, home decorating ideas or even as a wishlist for Christmas or Birthdays.  You can either 'repin' an image you've seen on Pinterest to one of your own boards or you can pin an image from anywhere online or even upload your own.  

These are some of my boards so far.


If you want to have a closer look at some of my boards and pins click here

As a blogger, it's also another way to create more awareness of your blog as if some of your images are on Pinterest people may click on them for a closer look and link through to your blog.  Even if you're not using Pinterest, you might find someone has already pinned some images from your blog!


I've only been using Pinterest since Sunday, so there are probably other great features for me to find (it seems that you can message other users in an @ reply a little bit like twitter but I've not really worked that out properly yet) but I can confirm that I'm already completely addicted.  I've added Pinterest to my home page tabs on my laptop and I've got the iphone app.  I also add a little browser app which helps you pin new images from other websites really easily - if you've ever used polyvore image clipper it's similar (but I often found my polyvore clipper didn't work on a lot of sites).  

Pinterest can link to twitter and facebook so you can follow people you already know on those sites who are using Pinterest and you can share pins to your twitter or facebook status too (not that I've done that, considering the amount I've pinned since Sunday I think I'd have ended up in twitter jail!).  So if you already have Pinterest and I follow you on twitter, you'll find me stalking your pins =) 

As if I didn't waste enough time online already....  enjoy, and if you get addicted, sorry, I warned you!

 Oh...and don't even get me started on the food porn!


5 comments:

  1. I'm not sure if I should thank you for this post or not! I now know what I'm going to waste hours of my time doing in future :)

    Fab site! xx

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  2. Oo this looks interesting! It can be my virtual pin board! Fab post :) xx

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  3. oh my i typed in glitter and squealed at the results :)..its like weheartit and tumblr rogether but even better :) xxx

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  4. It looks like a great site. I've signed up. Thanks for sharing.

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