By Corine Tan
Esteemed Writer & Blogger
I love Pinterest. I really do. It’s a lot of fun and something I use a lot for all my DIY, drawing, fandom, fashion, and just-needed-a-laugh projects. If you’ve ever wondered what Pinterest is and whether you should join, this post is for you!
Pinterest is a like cork board, only online. There is a HUGE stream of pictures to “pin” that coincide with what you look for. These pins are all pretty interesting; some of them are quotes, reference pictures, infographics, and the list goes on and on and on.
Who can use it?
Well, seeing that it’s fairly straight-forward, I would say anyone with a smart device, computer, internet/wifi, and opposable thumbs. Jokes aside, Pinterest is perfect for all those creative people out there with future projects in mind. Of course, this doesn’t just limit it to them. I have plenty of friends who use Pinterest for pure entertainment purposes or fangirling. There are a lot of funny and geeky pins to see.
How does it work?
- Make a board
- Search for pins
- Pin pictures on board
- Review boards for inspiration
- Continue looking for pins or start creating!
That may have seemed confusing. So let’s take an example.
I made a “Costume” board the other day to plan out my Halloween costume. I wanted to be the Winter Soldier from Captain America 2. So I entered that into the search bar and found a thread of pictures to sort through. The ones that I really liked, I pinned to my Costume board. And VOILA! I went back to my board and had a few images for inspiration.
And yes, my costume turned out pretty great. Thanks for asking. 🙂
What can I use it for?
Pinterest has a variety of uses. I find it more than suitable for:
- DIY Projects
- Arts and Crafts
- Everything else you can do yourself
- Drawing Inspiration
- Finding cool quotes
- Inspiration for writing (characters, settings, and styles)
- Figuring out what to wear in the morning
- Getting ideas for your garden
- Or room
- Or man cave
- Or office
- Gift buying
- Party planning
You get the idea. I’m sure there are hundreds of other things you could do with it or use it for. I just can’t think of them at the moment.
Just another social media app?
I wouldn’t necessarily say “just another”. Is there a social aspect? Yes. You can pin with friends in collaborative boards and follow other pinners for more inspiration. Is it purely its social aspect? No. I pin alone. A lot. You can make private boards if you don’t really want your friends seeing your gift plans for them.
Can it be a distraction and a (fun) waste of time? Yup. But doesn’t that apply with anything? Just don’t let it waste your time.
Is it free?
Yup. You can make a free account fairly quickly at Pinterest.com. You just need internet, a computer, and or a smart device. There’s an app too.
Why not Tumblr?
I have yet to try Tumblr. I hear its addictive. Pinterest seems to be from more of a creative standpoint, but I may be wrong.
Not that I’m aware of.
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