Let’s start with the basics. What is Pinterest (the short version)? Pinterest is an online platform for creating vision boards or interest boards. Some people call it a visual bookmarking site. You start by creating a profile on the site. Once the profile is in place, you can create “vision” boards on any subject. Now that you have a board in place, you can start “pinning”! A “pin” can be created from a photo, a graphic or anything visual.
You can pin something to a board by uploading a file from your PC or smart phone. You can also pin something interesting you see on a blog or website to one of your boards. For example, let’s say I’m cruising around the internet and find some great photos of Pluto on the NASA website. I can pin the photos to my Pinterest board called “Planets On The Go” or “Dwarf Planets in Space”. I can call the board anything I want.
The thing that gives Pinterest its social appeal is “re-pinning”. You can follow people on Pinterest and see what they’re pinning to their boards. If you see something interesting, you can “re-pin” it to one of your boards. Of course, others can follow what you pin and re-pin to one of their boards as well.
With anything social, as more join in, cultures and sub-cultures start to form. Pinterest is no different. Pinterest tracks patterns among users as they create boards and add pins to those boards. Before long Pinterest will create categories and sub-categories for a subject as more people pin about it. Pinterest has 70 million users worldwide so new categories and sub-categories are created daily.
I love coffee! Believe me when I tell you, there’s an enormous culture on Pinterest around coffee. (I smile just thinking about it!)
Where do I begin? If you like coffee, Pinterest will warm your soul. You can find vast amounts of pinning, cross-pinning and re-pinning around coffee. Some of the major categories on Pinterest around coffee include: coffee recipes, coffee quotes, coffee humor, coffee memes, Barista art, mug art, coffee artwork, coffee illustrations, coffee infographics, coffee clothing, DIY projects with coffee … you get the picture.
Coffee recipes is a good example where sub-categories have form. There are coffee drink recipes, food recipes with coffee, coffee desserts, and coffee smoothies. Let’s not forget a healthy face and body. You can also find coffee scrub and soap recipes. (Yes, you can learn to make soap on Pinterest.)
So here’s the bottom line … You can wake up in the morning and be in coffee heaven thanks to Pinterest. You can drink coffee, eat coffee, take a shower with coffee and put on coffee clothes. You can be entertained by coffee humor, gain wisdom with coffee quotes and learn fun facts with coffee infographics. All this and more by exploring coffee culture on Pinterest. (Your family will think you’re nuts but you can blame it on Pinterest … and the coffee.)
Now, see for yourself. Check out my Pinterest board about coffee, Coffee Shop Stuff. Then, here are five great profiles on Pinterest that cover coffee: Coffee Lovers Magazine, Coffee and Plant Stations, Mr. Coffee® Brand, Coffee Addiction and The Coffee Shop. Go coffee crazy!
Brent Jackson lives in Fairfax, VA and blogs at Maryland Travel Stories. Follow him on Twitter or Pinterest .
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Great post! Haven’t thought to use Pinterest that way..Although I find it very fitting that I am actually consuming a double shot of espresso along with a Starbucks refresher while reading this post!
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Pinterest, if you haven’t had a chance to see what it is all about, check this blog out. It gives the ins n out on Pinterest!
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