Pinterest: Mama Loves It

Are you into Pinterest? Or have you been wondering what it’s all about?

Since I started using the popular site, I’ve turned into a total Pinterest junkie. It’s so totally addictive, both to browse and actually participate. I love seeing what others share and love pinning my own goodies, too.

If you haven’t spent much time on the site, you could be missing out. Besides catching up on what your friends and contacts find new and interesting, one of the best features is being able to check out boards that belong to other people outside your regular circles.

Pinterest offers a cool opportunity to find other folks who have similar interests, from style and humor to craft ideas and favorite celebrities. You can find new contacts who share common interests, hobbies and goals without having to “meet” them through someone. And, that river runs both ways. If they see a pin of yours that really catches their eyes, they may click through to see the rest of your boards and decide to follow a few, or ideally, all of them.

While there are search features on Facebook and Twitter, the problem with them, Facebook especially, is that people are usually very cautious about who they connect with unless you have a mutual connection through someone else. And while Twitter is more open with the following platform, if you follow a large number of people, you start to miss posts that you might really enjoy or benefit from. With Pinterest, you can scan the pictures quickly and make quicker connections with what you’re interested in.

Another thing I love about Pinterest is how easy it is to tailor your boards and pins to  your personal preferences. You can start boards for just about anything–and I have–and can add your own messages, ideas, tips or quips. It’s a pretty snazzy social media platform.

In fact, its versatile yet simplistic nature makes it a great tool for bloggers and business owners. Pinning is smart because at first glance, it appears to be a picture with a short blurb, which is what gets passed around. BUT, if what you post is repinned by others, which they often are, your pins can pass on virtually endlessly.

If someone is particularly interested in the item being sold or article accompanying the picture, they can simply click through to the webpage of the original post. That delicious link travels along with the pin every time someone repins it. Super sweet.

I’ve seen Etsy products, recipes, organizing tips, crafts, and even hot giveaways pop up all over the place, and they all started with one simple pin.

While the site is still in its infancy, Pinterest.com is rapidly gaining users from all over the Internet and is quickly becoming a very power social media platform. I have a strong feeling that it’s going to be around for quite some time and will continue to grow and evolve for quite some time. Check it out!

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