I installed the Pinterest app on my iPhone before I had any idea what the thing was. It sounded interesting and it was free, but the primary mechanism (at that time) being photos you take and then file into “boards” of images to share was just not as keen as Instagram. So the icon sat on one of my screens almost entirely ignored for a good long while (in cyber-trend terms). Then I was reintroduced to Pinterest online and (cue theme music from some dramatic movie scene) I began to see the light. As one who really did clip things from magazines to reference later, this was a genius time and space saver with built-in search capacity to save even more time. Wooo hoooo!
While I confess to having lost time now and again to the stalking and gawking and hmmmmmm-ing, mostly I find this a positive and fun venture that (when engaged with some self-control) is good for the way I think and order my world. I wrote about Pinterest over a year ago and my evaluation of the whole deal has not essentially changed. And, as is critical in the world of social media and apps, the system and service continues to improve — ever responsive to those who use it most and best.
Here are some pins others have shared to give you an idea of some of the many ways people use this tool. [You’ll also find people who use it to collect images you may not want to see — and almost certainly don’t want young kids to see. Like any individually managed and community controlled environment, discretion is key.]