For those of you who have never used it before, it is like a virtual pin board. Imagine that you put pinboards around your office, and every time you saw something interesting on the internet, you printed it out, and pinned it to the relevant board.
That is what Pinterest is, but online. Your boards are stored on the internet, rather than physically in your workspace. This not only saves space, but keeps all your interesting images, links and articles in one place. You can fit many many more boards online than you ever could in your workspace, and it is easy to fill them up from the websites that you visit or from other peoples boards on Pinterest. It is straight forward to set up an account, and once you have, there are simple steps that Pinterest guide you through to begin curating your boards.
I have found that people tend to use Pinterest in two principle ways ....
Firstly, you can follow other peoples boards as well as creating your own; When you see someones board that interests you, you can follow it so you will see all their new pins on that board when you visit the site. This is a handy tool for when you find fantastic boards, artists or topics, and when you want to keep up to date automatically with what inspires other people in that field. A great idea for following current trends or fashions within your business.
Secondly, and this is how I personally use it, is that you don't follow any boards (it isn't a requirement) and you just re-pin images that you see to your own boards, as well as from websites you visit. I prefer this, as I use Pinterest directly for inspiration for my work, and I like to control what I see when I visit Pinterest. I do however search Pinterest when I fancy looking for new ideas and themes, but when I log in I only see my pins. I find that this works well for me. I use google chrome as a browser, and it allows a plug in that uses a 'P' symbol, so I can easily pin from websites and blogs I visit too.
In terms of my business, and how I use it for networking and promoting my colleagues over at the The Penguin Network and A Pocketful of Wonderful, as well as the great support team of businesses that are behind the Network - I re-pin their work onto my boards - I therefore see their creations in my inspiration, and I share their work too. It means when people see my pins, their work is also seen.
If you are already a Pinterest user, feel free to to visit my Pinterest to see how it all looks in terms of using it for my own business - you can visit here:
I think for those who are in a creative industry it is especially helpful, just be warned you may lose hours, as once you start looking ... time flies!!
For those already on Pinterest, there is a link below that you might want to click ... it takes you to a button which people are pressing to vote to allow boards to be merged ... After spending an hour the other night moving images from one board to another, I think its a worth while thing to ask the Pinterest Bods to provide!!
Thanks for visiting,