Call me slow, but I still don’t get what it is about Pinterest that makes it fun. I need some help, dear people, in understanding how you use it, and what I’m missing out on, if anything, cause Mama hates being late to the party! (Actually, I’m not technically a mama and the expression makes me think of Eddie Murphy in drag, so forget I even said that.) What I’d like to know is:
- Do you start by logging in to Pinterest, or do you start by spontaneously pinning things from around the web when you’re browsing as your ‘entry point’ to Pinterest?
- What do you do more of when you log in to Pinterest? Look at your pinned stuff or look at other people’s stuff?
- Do you follow lots of boards of people you don’t know, or just those of friends?
- Do you like it for certain ‘categories,’ e.g. it’s helping you design your next new house, or is it fun for all sorts of things? What is your weirdest category?
- Do you talk to people you meet on Pinterest like you would on Twitter?
- What’s the best or worst thing about it, in your opinion?
- If you don’t use it, why?
I know, it’s a lot of questions, but SERIOUSLY, I feel like a Pinterest dufus. I’ve pinned a few things, but still default to bookmarking things in my browser if it’s something I want to find again, and I have folders for my bookmarks, e.g. travel, health, etc. So what makes Pinterest sharing so much niftier for finding cool stuff than regular internet surfing?
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Updated on 10/29/2012 – A recent Fast Company article entitled “Can Ben Silbermann Turn Pinterest Into the World’s Greatest Shopfront?” gives a great explanation of Pinterest’s design-driven creation strategy and why that has made it both beautiful and popular. I found it very interesting.