This is a blog post that has been a few months in the making. Its seems every time I sit down to write about this there is always more to add. Seems as if everyone from TechCrunch to Time Magazine has been talking about the explosion of interest on Pinterest. If you are one of the handful of people who has not heard about this visually stimulating wildly addictive social sharing platform allow me to introduce you. Readers meet Ben, founder of Pinterest and lover of all things esthetically beautiful.
Ben was a keynote speaker this year at Alt Summit this year reminiscing about the start up process and how he left the midwest where he was a consultant and moved to Silicon Valley, Ca. the birthplace of the dot.com boom and home to companies like Google, eBay and Apple. Ben had an idea and with his partners to design a site that allows you to create an “online pinboard that helps you collect and explore what inspires you”.
Little did he know how viral things would get in the world of “re-pinning” Here is one that was recently being repinned hundred of times.
Much like Ryan Gosling, Ben is a man who is in demand with a very humble presence about him. There were a few times I literally ran into him several times throughout the conference and it was all I could do not to ask him how he was holding up. He seems quite shy and not all too comfortable with the attention that comes from being the “it” guy. You could clearly see this when he was given a standing ovation at the end of the keynote. Eyes darting down towards the floor hands in pocket trying he best to not feel completely overwhelmed by the force of a ballroom filled with people wildly cheering and clapping for you! He is completely adorable that way.
Where he was in terms of how he felt creating Pinterest. Isn’t that all of us at some point?
Bens first pin below Bicycle Kissing Couple from papercutsbyjoe on ETSY.
What struck me the most from Ben’s message was that no matter how much this site makes you want to sit in front of your screen and pin for hours on end his goal was to get you OFFLINE based on things that inspired you online.
Thanks Ben for that, seriously that makes me feel a whole lot better about the amount of time I spend cruising peoples Pinterest boards. This cartoon from someecard pretty much sums it all up.I can’t remember when I joined, it was sometime well after the launch in March 2010. I waited about 2 weeks for my invitation. Why is it not open to the public? Ben feels pretty confident that the content is as strong as its contributors so if you know someone that was given an invite they allow users to invite friends (which means you can contact me here and I’ll send you an invite). Pinterest is betting on the fact that you probably all share the same high standards when it comes to valuing creative content. Personally I have become more of a cruiser than a pinner, a re-pinner at that. Of course you can come follow me or follow some of my favorites like HGTV’s Erinloechner (with over 350,00o followers you can’t go wrong) and Geoff Dudgeon for a guys perspective and with almost 1500 pins I’m never bored .
- how to Pin (Pintrest for Dummies is in the works)
- how to add Pinterest to your blog (you’ll see I added a PinIt button as well as a recently pinned sidebar widget) I’ll let you know how they are working.
- how to use Pinterest as a marketing tool (companies are joining as a way to get the word out about themselves and their product like it or not.
- how to organize your boards and find good people to follow
- the etiquette of repinning so you are always crediting the original source of the content, as a photographer this is especially an issue I am sensitive with.
All this week I am going to write more in small easy to digest chunks of information. I promise I’ll get you an invitation if you want one just send an email to info (@)themodchik.com subject: pinterest and I’ll make it happen. I don’t know how long it takes after the invite request is made before you actually get on, someone will have to report back to us. And for those of you who are already religious users we would love top know who are your Pinterest favorites and some of your favorite boards!
Until then Happy Pinning!