Thursday, September 15, 2011

May I Pinterest You in Learning About a New Social Network Time Squanderer?

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Blogging is on the wane, I believe. It's like the old cordless phone you keep around and use occasionally but do not rely on ever since you emotionally soldered your cell phone to your psyche.

Facebook is going strong, and Twitter itself is "trending" bigger than ever.

But just when I thought I was safe from spending more time staring at this screen, along comes Pinterest.

Also known by me as, "I gotta have my pictures!"

The best way to describe Pinterest is to blatantly steal words from Pinterest:

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.

First of all, why is this available by invitation only? It's not a black tie gala. It's a giant bulletin board in the sky. It's as big as the Web, and the Web is not checking credentials before you enter. So I don't get the secret society shadow that hovers over Pinterest.


My friend invited me to join, and since I'd already been seeing others post on Facebook about Pinterest, I was curious.

Soon I got the gist of it and started pinning my pretties to my boards.

Pinning pretties has turned into "Gotta get more pictures! More, more, MORE!!"

Check out this great combo of taupe and coral for Fall--LOVE. And Starbucks, too? What the WHUT?! I'm so into this outfit that I want to pin it to my style board even though I've already pinned it. I can't contain my enthusiasm for this ensemble. Or pinning.

I learned that you can put a small Pinterest icon in your toolbar and whenever you're browsing the Web and see something you adore, you can pin it to a board from that website. THIS MAKES GRABBING MORE PICS EVEN EASIER!!

LOOK! It's a picture of an Amy Tan book I just read and loved. And now ... I have a picture of it!

I have the following boards: Music, Classic Films & Movies, Favorite Places & Spaces, My Style, Books, Products & Activities I Love, Favorite Foods/Recipes, For the Home (Which is currently bare) and White. Yes, White.

White is the first of my boards that I will be doing by color. Do not ask me why I thought this was a good idea. Perhaps I thought I'd be teaching preschool and need boards of color?

These earrings are featured on "My Style" board. Aren't they adorable??

I noticed that other people name their pages whimsical names like, "Cottage Dreams," "Outward Bound," "Bucket List," "Plottings and Plannings," "Get Crafty," etc. But I was all jazzed about "White." That's kind of embarrassing. I'm going to have to dress up my boards with cool names. Maybe "White" will become "Alabaster Dreams." Maybe "Stuff I Like" will become "J'adore!"

All I know is, in 3 days, I have pinned 142 items, none of which I will ever purchase, cook, wear or be seriously inspired by. But I gotta have the pictures. I'm outta control.

I can't figure out why this is so appealing to me. But I have a sneaking feeling it has to do with fantasy purchasing. I'm the Michael Jackson of Pinterest, pointing to outrageously expensive knick knacks, saying, "I'll take that and that and that ...."

And right now, I'd like to take this piece of key lime pie to my mouth, but I can't, so I'll just collect a picture of it.

I also have a feeling that I have entered a grown-up version of the Pokemon craze, in which theme was "Gotta catch 'em all!" Sound familiar? Hey--maybe I should pin Pokemon characters on a new board entitled, "Stuff my kids liked in 1996!"


Thena said...

I got hooked on it about a month ago. So I just have to ask where is your follow me on pinterest button? :)

Connie said... always say it best and with so much enthusiasm! I too have joined Pinterest and am pinning for who knows what reason. All the photos are so pretty I guess. BTW I love the your outfit...I'm off to pin it for myself! :)

Have a good day!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Thena-thanks for the nudge!
Connie, you are too sweet!

Melanie said...

I'm scared of it.

Betty said...

I´m already hooked too. And I noticed you were joining the "club" and am following you now. What I´ve noticed is how many food/recipe pins there are. Makes me hungry every time I´m browsing... :)

Mocha with Linda said...

This is one obsession I totally don't get. But then I'm usually a decade late and a kabillion dollars short!

Anonymous said...

I am so with you girlfriend! It is all the rage. I must look into this further, as my eyes are seeing pins EVERYwhere!

Sheila said...

Great ost. I love Pinterest. Joined a few months back... yeah very addicting

Claudia said...

Linda, the funniest thing in this blog is, "Favorite Foods/Recipes, For the Home (Which is currently bare)". Step away from the clothes closet, Linda, and get familiar with the K-room! :-) You'll be amazed what you can do. I myself have just recently developed a passion for preparing meals! :-O

Cindy Swanson said...

Linda, I am so THERE. I like to think/hope that I will actually benefit from/follow through with/buy/cook/wear/travel to/implement some of the many things I pin, but who knows? It's FUN!

By the way, I love pretty much everything you pin...which reinforces my long-held view that you and I are total Kindred Spirits.

Cindy @ Notes in the Key of Life

Cindy Swanson said...

Oh, Betty, you're so right about the food! And most of it extremely fattening and high in carbs...*sigh*

Becky said...

"What the WHUT!" LOL, it sounds fun and interesting... I think I shall avoid it at all costs! I have a fetish for cutting pics I like out of mags :p It must stop there. ;)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I am so addicted...I have 535 boards...all full and have not had so much fun in a long its going to be a great asset to my decorating business..

Bekah said...

Oh goodness, I have to set a timer on my phone, otherwise I'd be on there for hours!

Joyce said...

I still love the blogs...I think they're in a different category than the 'quick stuff'. I know some people blog as a means of social media/pr/etc but I use my blog as a journal. I've had it bound into hard copies and my girls and surprisingly my houseguests enjoy reading it. Down the road when I'm old(er) and gray(er) I like to think of my girls in their 40's and 50's reading about how I felt at that stage of life.

Facebook, twitter, and no doubt pinterest are not keepers in the sense that a blog is although I do love me some pinterest : )

LynnMarie said...

Im just now feeling comfortable with blogging and there is something new out there! I don't have the time so I think I'll hold off on this one. I like blogging to journal my life and my thought and progress so far in this journey. I like this medium. Sounds interesting, but I'll wait.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

LynnMarie, I don't blame you. You are making a rational decision!

Jenny @ flutterbyechronicles said...

I am completely addicted. Mostly with posting pics of food I would love to make when I turn into Suzy Homemaker.

elizabeth said...

My Google Reader is still showing about the same number of blog updates as usual, so I'm thankful for that. I gain so much from the devotionals and spiritual thoughts that people blog and I can't get that from Pinterest and Facebook.

BUT...I *totally* agree that Pinterest is DA BOMB! I absolutely love it and now that I pin recipes I've cut down on paper clutter around here SO MUCH! The trees thank me for that. :)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I still love the blog to for my recording life....Two toally different things...Joyce,
I would love to know where you get yours into book form. I have looked at severak sites and just need to do it...

Susanne said...

I haven't clued in to the draw of it yet. I am so not "with it" in this www world.