I’ve tried out most of the Social Media sites out there, like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Tumblr, etc. but lately I have been really getting into one called Pinterest. It is really easy to use and a lot of fun. Basically you make a collection of boards to categorize what you will be pinning. Then you make a pin and add it to the appropriate board. It’s a lot like scrapbooks from back in the old days. Except it is scrapbooks on steroids thanks to modern web technology. Pinterest is the one of the fastest growing sites on the internet. Pinterest is very safe to use. To sign up all you need to divulge is an email address. It’s really about sharing the pins and not about knowing everyone’s business like Facebook for instance. Below is a screen shot of my Love Your RV on Pinterest page.
Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other pinboards for images, ‘re-pin’ images to their own pinboards, or ‘like’ photos. The site was founded by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp, the site is managed by Cold Brew Labs and funded by a small group of entrepreneurs and investors. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinterest
A pin can be a photo or video and contains a text description and links. Many of the pins are beautiful photos but there are also pins that are helpful DIY tips, How-to Stuff, Favorite Products, Recipes, Facts , Website Links and on and on. If you find a board or fellow pinner that you are really interested in then you can choose to follow them and all their boards or which ever of the boards interest you. Each pin has an area where comments can be made and a like button to like the pin.
The neat thing is everyone shares their pins. You can look at another members boards and if you like a pin they have you re-pin it on to your board, and they do the same with yours. It sounds really simple and it is but you wouldn’t believe how addicting it can be in a fun way. For RVers it’s a gold mine of information on where to go, things to do, how to do stuff, interesting vintage photos or the latest dream RVs. All kinds of interesting things have been pinned.
I have set up a collection of boards on my LoveYourRV on Pinterest page focused mainly on the RV lifestyle. I’m also currently following 350 other pinners and boards many of which pin stuff RV related, so every time I look at the Pinterest site I can look through a list of pins recently posted about RVing, too cool! I have also set up what is called a Group board. Group boards are special pin boards where anyone that is a member can pin to, so it becomes a real collaborative thing. If you are on Pinterest the board is called ❤Love Your RV❤ at this web address. For an invite just post your user name in a comment on this post below or shoot me an email with your Pinterest username at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be sure to hook you up. Hopefully we can build a large RV group board with a variety of pinners adding to it.
Sound good and don’t know where to start, head over to the Pinterest 101 page to get a primer then see you and your pins!
Cheers Ray – Pinterest Username “LoveYourRV”