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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pinterest: The New Craze

Among all the social networking options we have available on the world wide web, I've discovered a new one that is fun, addicting, and organizational. It's called Pinterest.

It's basically like Bing (a search engine using pictures) but better because you can save a picture, an idea, a book, a recipe, a cool haircut, a sexy dress, and all kinds of other things and organize them. When you find something you like and want to save it, you "pin" it to a bulletin board that you've created. You get to name your board whatever you like and believe me, it's so much fun to think of these titles.

Some of my boards are:
Books Worth Reading
He'd Make a Great Hero In My Next Book
Food Creations
Craft Ideas
For The Home
Tricks and Tips
Favorite Places & Spaces
My Style
The One and Only: GB
Favorite Bands

Getting started is free and fast. Go to and create your account. You can sign in using your Facebook or Twitter account. After that, you'll need to install the "Pin it" button in your browser. Just click and drag the "Pin It" button to your bookmarks bar. At this point, you can now grab any image from any website and add it to any one of your boards.

You can even search the Pinterest site itself and "repin" what others have already pinned, adding them to your boards. You can follow other people you know and see what they've added to their boards. You can share what you've pinned with others, similar to sharing pics on Facebook.

Like every other social networking site, you are able to create a profile page, add a profile pic, and a short bio. You can even create a "Pin It Button" for your website, allowing visitors to pin an image (or more importantly, your book with its direct link) to their board. The possibilities are numerous. You can go here to see more options for promoting your Pinterest boards with others.

My cousin keyed me into this new craze and I'm hooked. I invite you to get hooked with me so we can start pinning together!

*Warning: As with any social networking site, there is a risk of being completely addicted and wasting hours upon hours pinning and repinning.
But gosh darn it's fun!

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Tina Donahue said...

Wow, something else to learn/use. Sounds like a good tool, but I gotta tell you, I'm binged, googled, FB'd and tweeted just about to death. A day without the internet, email, my blackberry and all electronic stuff is starting to sound good.

Paris said...

I've seen this around but so far have resisted the urge to get involved with another networking sight. It sounds like fun and that's the problem:)

Thanks for sharing though because I have been wondering what this was all about!

Adele Dubois said...

Ahhhh! That's the sound of me jumping off a bridge. Another social networking site? Please say it isn't so. Authors need 34 hours in a day, as it is.

I have to admit, this looks like fun, though. Enjoy!


Renee Vincent said...

Yes it so much fun. And it's helpful to me because it helps me organize. Instead of having this huge long list of favorites in my bookmarks bar, I have them all in one place, and organized by subject on its own bulletin board. It's awesome!

You all need to try it!

Sandy said...

I'm about to be committed to an insane asylum. Please, no more.

Renee Vincent said...

hahah Sandy, you crack me up!!!

Teresa K. said...


Your always finding the neatest things. You never cease to amaze me.

Teresa K.

Renee Vincent said...

Teresa: Aw thanks sweetie!

Tonya Kappes said...

THANKS, RENEE;/ Something else to help me procrastinate.

Carol L. said...

Thanks Renee for sharing about Pinterest. That's all I've seen lately. But do you have to have Facebook or Twitter to join ?
Another time consuming addiction :)
Carol L
Lucky745 (at) aol (dot) com

Sandy said...

LOL Renee, admit it; doesn't all this social media drive you just a bit crazy?

Renee Vincent said...

Tonya I hear ya! haha

Carol You know that's a good question. I don't really know. I just signed in with my FB account and didn't think to check. But I'm sure you could find out easily enough by going to the website.

Sandy Normally yes. But I somehow don't consider this a social networking site for promotion. For me, it's a way to organize things I enjoy and keep them all in one spot. I don't necessarily use Pinterest for a promotional avenue. I use it because it's fun and I've found so many neat things I can actually use in my life. But in doing so, I can share my findings with others.

Janice Seagraves said...

Sounds like fun. I just signed up.


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