My last post was about different social media sites. Today, I'd like to mention Pinterest in a little more detail. It's one of the few sites that I've joined that I'm still in love with, weeks later :) It doesn't directly help my online shop at all, but I have to say, it's definitely fun! Pinterest is like a personal online gallery of pictures that you want to keep.
Other people can view the pictures you put up, and re-pin things. This is how things go viral and benefit online businesses, but you can't really post your own things. You have to have someone else do so. That means Pinterest isn't for self-promotion. I think it's more for fun, personal use, and showing off things friends have done, if you want to, rather than a direct marketing tool. You can see my Pinterest page here: http://pinterest.com/absolutekismet/
You can join two ways, either by going to http://pinterest.com/ and asking for an invitation (this is what I did, and it took about a day) or by having someone you know who's already on Pinterest send you an invitation.
One of the things I like best about it is that it is EASY! Once I got signed up, the site walked me step by step through how to download a little "pin," which sits up at the top of my browser with some of my bookmarks. Whenever I see a picture I really like, I click the "pin it" button, and it automatically puts the picture into one of the categories I've chosen. If the picture doesn't fit into one of my categories, I can create a new category right there! If the page has lots of pictures on it, I can also choose which picture I want pinned.
The cool thing is that I get an online library of pictures I can refer to later. For example, I can create a category that's called Living Room, and then pin furniture or other things I'd like to remember when I redecorate. When I go into that category (it's actually called a "board"), the picture is automatically linked the the webpage I found it on, and I can easily go back.
Just a few of my thoughts! Are any of you on Pinterest?