An invite to the beta of a new site called Pinterest.com landed in my email box about a week ago. I get a lot of these so I generally tend to ignore them but I remembered hearing a few different people recently talk about the site so I thought I would check it out. Like the name implies the site is a virtual bulletin board where you can virtually “pin” images of the things you like as you cruise around the Internet. Those collections of images are put on “boards” that can then be named so the content is made into collections of themed content. Pinterest then add in a Twitter like element to the site where you are then able to follow other people to see all of the content they pin or just follow one of their boards to only get updates on a specific subject matter. The best place to start finding content is by linking to Facebook or Twitter to see how may of your friends are on the site and beyond that I would recommend just searching for specific terms because some of the collection are massive with people who have over 100 different boards and over 10,000 pins.
At first I really didn’t think this was going to be a site that would have much of a lasting appeal and I think a lot of that opinion was based on my friends who were already on the site as their content wasn’t that compelling. I pushed on to explore some more and I started to find things that really did interest me and I’d never seen before. That is a pretty rare occurrence for me and before I knew it I had 13 boards and over 100 pins – I was hooked. So those of you who are already on the site feel free to follow me and my wide but generally design focused collections and if not shoot me an email and I’ll send you an invite to the site so you can check it out for yourself.