This month’s Thing is written by guest blogger Mary Sauers of the Lincoln City Libraries.
I generally don’t get on Facebook much, but I DO browse Pinterest a LOT. It’s a fun, EASY way to see and share recipes, fashion, decorating, crafts, people, places, animals, and things.
Pinterest is essentially an online scrapbooking social website. It allows you to organize, create and share all sorts of things you find while surfing the web. Instead of physical scrapbook pages, you create pinboards of different categories, then build a collage of images by pinning them to your boards. You can build as many or as few boards as you like. You can pin items directly from the web using the “Pin It” bookmarklet, you can upload your own images and videos directly, or you can “Repin” items posted by other Pinterest members.
One thing to keep in mind is that Pinterest is very visually oriented. If you try to pin a page without a picture or video, you won’t be able to add that page.
Once you’ve added some content to your account you can also “Follow” other members, “Like”, and “Comment” on their pins.
If you’d like a little more of a tour before starting to play, check out this short video:
Pinterest has been getting a lot of press lately, but many have noticed that the majority of Pinterest users are female. That doesn’t mean that guys can’t use Pinterest, too, and there have been articles written to explain just how guys can take advantage of the service.
And, maybe most importantly, libraries are starting to use Pinterest. Here are the boards from the Scottsdale Public Library (AZ), Stratford Public Library (Ontario, Canada), San Francisco History Center/San Francisco Public Library and the Ohio University Digital Initiatives in the Ohio University Libraries.
To learn more about how libraries can use Pinterest, check out these articles:
- Pinterest for Librarians
- 5 Ways to Use Pinterest in Your Library
- 12 Ways to Use Pinterest for Your Nonprofit
*NOTE: Pinterest is still an invitation only site, but once you apply, an invitation will be extended within a few days.
- Go to www.pinterest.com . Request an invitation.
- Once you have an invitation: set up your profile, including a picture, and 5 boards.
- Pin at least three items to each of your boards.
- Follow 3 people.
- Create a post in your blog about your experience with Pinterest. Some ideas to blog about:
- What do you like and/or dislike about Pinterest?
- If you are new to Pinterest, how do you think you might be able to use this technology in your work or personal life?
- If you’ve already been using Pinterest, please share how you use it in your work or personal life.
- How can libraries use Pinterest or take advantage of this new technology?