Pinterest (I Don't Get It...)

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  1. PeterG

    PeterG Argle-Bargle-ist

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    I volunteer at our local library with the computer classes. One upcoming class is on Pinterest and Flickr. I used to use flickr, so I have some knowledge of it and understand its' purpose (although I use facebook and youtube to share photos now...) Anyway, I checked out pinterest once and thought it looked boring and not useful. Now that there's a class coming up where I'm helping the library, I checked out pinterest at wikipedia and looked at the site again. Again, I don't get it. It seems like picture-sharing, but it seems very limited compared to facebook (and flickr).

    So what am I missing? What's the appeal/worthiness of pinterest? :confused:
     
  2. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

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    I don't get searching other peoples pinterests (or why people look at mine) but I like being able to pin pictures to a board -- the visual memory helps me a lot more than random website listings in my bookmarks folder, which is what I used to use.

    I have a board on mid-century modern decorating for MIL's house -- every time I saw something cool I pinned it, and then it was easy to go back and look at the pinned pics and then click through to the vendor that sold THAT piece of pottery or THIS lamp.
     
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  3. oleada

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    I like it, particularly for finding recipe ideas.
     
  4. my little pony

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    oh you an buy stuff on there in a round about way? i havent found it interesting but if i can buy junk there...
     
  5. rjblue

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    I'm like you Peter. My sister and niece use it constantly (judging by the number of things I see on their Facebook pages) but for me, if I want images, I'll just google them. I'm much more entertained by wiki-walking.

    I can understand my sisters use of it, I guess- she's a real estate agent.
     
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  6. rfisher

    rfisher Satisfied skating fan

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    You need to check out esty.com It's right up your alley
     
  7. my little pony

    my little pony snarking for AZE

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    i need furniture
     
  8. Mozart

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    I have found tons of cool teaching ideas on pinterest. They are not just pictures but they connect to blogs/webpages that give lesson plans, game ideas, etc.
     
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  10. lulu

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    I have a pinterest, but I have not posted anything for a few months, I got a bit bored with it. I agree though, it can be helpful if you want to brainstorm ideas for decorating, a wedding, gardening, recipes etc.
     
  11. barbk

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    MyLittlePony -- not really for directly buying stuff -- but the link can get you back to the webpage it came from. But sometimes I pinned pictures just because they were, say, exactly MIL's kitchen, but done up different ways. (There are about 1000 homes in her area that were built by the same builder fifty years ago, and only about a dozen different basic kitchen layouts.) Or even paint color combos I really liked.
     
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  12. my little pony

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    that sounds really cool, thanks
     
  13. Anita18

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    It's only really interesting for those who need some inspiration fodder. I like to joke that everyone's planning their wedding on Pinterest, and it's true. :p
     
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  14. BigB08822

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    I am a Pinterest addict. I love to cook and bake so it is very easy to spend a lot of time on there. I go straight to the Food and Drink section and pin any recipe I might even have a 1% chance of wanting to make some day. Why not, it isn't as if you can only pin stuff you are committing to making, right? People use it for wedding ideas, house decorating ideas, fashion, etc. etc. I don't care about those other things but even still I find I can spend tons of time on there just looking at recipes. As matter of fact, tomorrow I am cooking a whole chicken in the crock pot which is something I would never have thought of doing if it weren't for finding it on Pinterest today. I was planning 2 meals involving chicken this week and I saved a ton of money buying a whole chicken. I just didn't know you could do it in the crock pot! Not only will I have plenty of chicken but also some broth as well without all the sodium.
     
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  15. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Pink Bitch

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    I have pictures of organized closets. It's my porn: completely unrealistic. :p
     
  16. PeterG

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    Oh. So it's a girl website.

    :p
     
  17. backspin

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    Recipe please??
     
  18. TheGirlCanSkate

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    I love it! I am a cake decorator and crafter and I cook and it is a simple way to keep ideas together. I also keep ideas for skating costumes. It's a nice visual reference. You just create a board (like a scrapbook or manila file folder or LOL a binder), and pin away. No scissors, no page numbers, no hunting, no physical clutter. If you find items in your 'style" from another pinner, you can follow and keep getting their ideas as well. If you click, usually you will get a link to where it came from (a blog for example).

    I have a couple girl friends who are fanatical about keeping their pins current - if the try a pinned recipe and it sucks they remove it. So I know anything from them is going to be a winner.

    PS - I've done the crockpot chicken recipe. If your recipe doesn't say to put it on big balls of foil, you will want your chicken on big balls of foil - esp if your chicken isn't organic/free range. It keeps it from standing in greasy liquid.

    I do take the liquid and remove the fat and make gravy though.
     
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    I love Pinterest for visual bookmarking. It's nice to browse through the categories, too. I get a lot of inspiration from the DIY & Crafts section, although some of the projects are pretty ludicrous.

    What annoys me the most is the dead links — the pin has been through 87 people and doesn't link back to the original site. Or worse yet, it links to the MAIN PAGE of a blog, instead of a permalink.
     
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  22. nubka

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    I love Pinterest. It's like having a gigantic, visual file cabinet! I pin recipes, organizational ideas, do-it-yourself-decorating, household hints etc. I also have specialty files, where I pin things that just really interest me, like vintage advertising, vintage clothing, 60's, 70's, royalty, geiko/maiko, Japan, holiday ideas, history, vintage monster movies, etc.

    I like how most of the pins come with links to the websites where you can find more info, etc. I have tried many recipes and decorating/craft ideas from Pinterest - it's great! :)
     
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  23. Anita18

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    I hate it when I like a pic but it leads to a spam site. :( I always want to pin an original source.
     
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  24. PeterG

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    So how is Pinterest different from google images where I can just save what I like to my computer?
     
  25. Anita18

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    The visual billboard layout. Thumbnails on Explorer or Finder don't compare. You can often see notes at a glance as well. It's kind of a pain to save everything, when you can use your "Pin it!" bookmarklet and save whatever you want on (almost) any site, with a link back so you can reference it later.

    It's kind of a pain, even for someone like me, to remember where I found a picture. :lol: I've taken to saving Flickr photos with the photographer's name in the filename, but even then, it's a pain to try and find similar photos if they have a huge photostream.
     
  26. Tesla

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    Or if you don't care about the skin, just skin it before putting it in the pot.
     
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  27. michiruwater

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    I was thinking of signing up for Pinterest, but lost all interest when they told me I had to link my Facebook account. I hate the idea of all my stuff linking together. I don't want the internet to have that on me :shuffle: /bigbrotheriswatchingyou
     
  28. TheGirlCanSkate

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    Mine is not linked to facebook and does not have permissions on my facebook.
    Google images vs pinterest - I don't want to save anything to my hard drive.
    A list of bookmarks isn't the same - no "visual". Think shopping list vs photo of each item.
    Linking to spam - sometimes I can copy the image with my mouse and go to google images and find the photo.
     
  29. kwanatic

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    I'm hooked on Pintrest too! I told my sister it's basically digital hoarding...

    I love searching recipes, decorating ideas, clothing/hair/makeup, helpful cleaning tips, etc. I even have a board for figure skating! It's a great way to waste time when I'm bored but I've also found really cool things on there as well.
     
  30. NancyNC

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    I love Pinterest - I use it for the visual filing that others have mentioned. It's a lot easier than bookmarking the page, and then trying to remember where I saw a certain item. I use it mostly for recipes and decorating ideas, but also have some boards of things I like to look at. :) I do like looking through other pinners' boards - I find many of my l recipes, etc. that way.

    Just FYI, anytime a site suggests logging in through Facebook doesn't typically mean it's mandatory. Why would they want to limit themselves to only FB users?