Hey fellow photobookers – have you ever heard of Pinterest? I learned about this new fun site a couple months ago and just recently joined.
What is Pinterest?
Pinterest is a community website where you can create visual “boards” on any topic you like and then “pin” any image from any site onto it. It’s like a virtual corkboard where you can post a photo of anything that catches your eye for any reason and it automatically creates a link back to the original site from which you got the image. Basically, if you’re familiar with bookmarking a website for future reference in your web browser, it’s the same concept except you bookmark a photo. There’s a “pin it” tool that you add to your toolbar and whenever you’re on a site and see an image you want to add to your board, you click on the button and it will bring up all the images on that website’s page. One click to select the photo and another step to choose the board you want to pin it on, and you’re set.
You can also post your own photos that don’t have to originate from any site.
Much like Twitter and Facebook, folks can follow you to see what images you’ve decided to pin and it will come up in their image newsfeed. A follower can choose to follow all of your boards, or just a particular board they happen to be interested in.
I find it a particularly useful for tool for bookmarking images I find inspiring for projects or ideas that I’m currently working on such as photo books, or want to work on in future such as my dream house. If you’re like me and you don’t throw away your magazines until you’ve had a chance to tear out and save the pages you’ve dogeared, then you’re going to love Pinterest. This site might just save a pack rat like me from ending up on Hoarders!
Of course Photobookgirl has put this site to good use by creating a board called “Photo Book Inspiration“. I’ve started to place there not only images from my books that I’d like to share with others, I’ve also pinned images I’ve found during my searches on Google of photobooks, magazines and books that have a design or layout I admire and want to try out. Before, I used to download the image and save it to my desktop, but it wasn’t always easy to find the original site I found the image on in case I wanted to go back to check it out. With Pinterest’s automatic linking, it’s all right there and gives credit to the site containing the image. You can also click on the image to go to the originating site and read more.
How Do I Get on Pinterest?
For now, you have to get an invite emailed to you. If you go to the site, there is a place to sign up, but I did that weeks ago, and I still haven’t gotten an invite yet. The best way is actually to ask a current user to send you an invitation (Thanks Jin!). If you’re interested in getting on Pinterest I’ll send you an invite. Please comment and provide your email (don’t worry – if you put your email in the designated area in the comment form, it doesn’t actually show up in the comment – only I’ll see it.)