Every second (or more) email I’ve gotten in the last 3 days has been from Pinterest, and at peak times, I can get over 20 re-pins and likes within a few minutes.
The face of blogging has changed—because of Pinterest, what might have been a bland post with mostly text has transformed in to a much more beautiful one. I am all for people adding more photos to their posts, and for that reason—I love how popular Pinterest has gotten.
Something that started out being “a neat idea, but kind of like Polyvore or other bookmarking sites” has turned in to the most talked about social media platform of the moment. As much as people like to talk about how much they don’t get Google + (or don’t understand why it would be useful), they seem to love, even become addicted, to Pinterest.
I know first hand about all the changes to Pinterest over the months (and year and a half), because I was lucky enough to join with San Francisco super-blogger SFGirlByBay in the launching of Pinterest. Here is my first board—from June 2010, as part of the ‘Pin It Forward’ launch, where bloggers pinned their favourite ‘what makes you think of home’ pins. Here is my edited post on . (I edited it to include embeded photos from Pinterest, because when I switched to WordPress in September 2010 I moved where I stored my photos).
Pinterest has changed for the better
In the beginning, Pinterest was only somewhat useful. Sure, you could use the ‘pin it’ bookmarklet (same as you can now) to add photos to boards, and you could ‘like’ pins and even ‘re-pin’, but it was by invite only (same as now), with a very limited amount of invitations available to send. Now, I don’t believe that there’s a cap on the amount of people you can invite—so there are millions (?!) of users on Pinterest all pinning away. When it started, you had a pin board but you still had to download the photos to be able to add them to your blog.
The new embed feature makes it easy to find great photos on Pinterest to include on your blog—and the proper credit is already added when you embed it! So, Pinterest is no longer ‘just’ a scrapbook, but a great social media site where people (bloggers and non-bloggers alike) keep track of the cool stuff they find online, sharing their finds with their board followers and anyone looking at the site.
Where google friend connect (GFC) follow hops were the norm, lately I’ve seen a plethora of Pinterest follow hops pop up. Groups get together to pin pictures from bloggers’ posts, and sometimes add pins to a linky under a specific theme. This pinning behaviour has been great for traffic to blogs, and to shops where the coolest things are being sold. It used to be so hard to find (even in a Google age) great things to look at and think about purchasing. I am loving how easy it is to
be sucked in to the Pinterest atmosphere and watch hours pass discover new sites, shops and blogs to pin stuff from support.
What do you use Pinterest for? What are your thoughts on its sudden popularity?