Today, I am going to talk about “pinning” on social media boards. I am sure most of you by now know what Pinterest is. For those who don’t, it is a social media photo bookmarking sites. People from all over the world can find images from any website and pin to their special categorized boards. If you are redecorating your bedroom, you can pin images on a board called Master Bedroom and slowly figure out what you want and don’t want.
I love this trend and have “pinned” pretty regularly on www.pinterest.com. My personal account since beta stage and company account for a year and a half. I can’t tell you the recipes I have WOWed my family and friends with, the spots I never thought would come clean instantly disappear, the crafts I have made that turned out amazing and the ones that fell flat. I have organized enough items to furnish a thousand homes, fill a ton of closets. I have shared memes that have had my friends and co-workers rolling. I just LOVE pinning and what it has brought to my life.
Recently, I would say my love of Pinterest is waning. I can not tell you the times I clicked on a cool How-To to find the link now directs me to some discount jewelry shop or some such nonsense. Instead of finding the information I wanted, I find I can get a crappy pair of cz earrings for $3.99. UGH! Also, for a LOOOOONG time coming I wished there was a way to easily follow people whose boards I like in other areas like twitter, fb, instagram, etc. And, have wanted private collaboration boards so friends and I could plan something together….like my step sister and I planning Christmas Eve (a big family tradition of games, food, presents, and music). Plus, I have a blog and business that I want to share to people who are interested. I don’t know if you know this but in order to stop spamming, Pinterest changed some things. You can’t pin more than one image per board per hour. So, if I do this blog and have 4 cool room design ideas and later want to pin them to my home decor categorized board, the general boards will only see one of those images. This really limits exposure for the hard working blogger who most of the time has 5 or six cool images to share in one category. The less the main boards see you, the less your work is viewed.
Soooo, for all these reasons and more, I am movin’ on up (much like the Jeffersons) to a new abode called www.loveit.com. It reminds me of Pinterest back when it was fresh and new. The direction that they are going with sharing and collaborating is so cool. It’s everything I wanted Pinterest to be. Because it is new, plugins are coming so I will have to keep Pinterest around for a little while longer but am full focused on working with this new company because of their idea to make this more engaging. I don’t know about you but sometimes I want to know more about the people I meet on Pinterest. I can see all the things we have in common in regards to taste and I think that lack of collaboration and social interaction makes it hard to move beyond re-pinning their cool images. To me, Pinterest will be the Myspace of social bookmarking. So, come on over and look me up. My Collection is http://loveit.com/CustomizedWalls
So, this is just one girl’s opinion. Check it out for yourself.
PS. Another HOT TIP: if you are into DESIGN and using Twitter and either LoveIt or Pinterest, use hashtag #DesignPinThurs EVERY THURSDAY. There is a new movement to share and meet new people through images we love. I know I will be re-tweeting those I love and following this new Hashtag closely.