I recently was reading a job description that described the person they were looking for as “someone who is very pinny.” I’ll be honest. I had to look it up. I had vaguely heard of Pinterest, but it wasn’t imbedded enough in my lexicon to put those two things together. After finding the site, I quickly created an account to see what all the fuss was about.
“Oh, OK, you pin links to pictures of stuff you like onto boards, big whoop,” I thought. So I set it aside for later examination.
Later came as I was reading a lot of post election blogs and articles. It occurred to me I could make board about what I was reading. So I went back to the site, quickly figured it out, and created my first board. Satisfied with myself, I went onto my next task.
While I worked though, I shuffled through things in my mind I could make into Pinterest boards, and decided my Today in Japan pictures would work. These are imaged captured from daily life in Japan. So I made another board.
Then something happened. The process of creating the board opened something in my mind. This platform is a great way to visualize.
I decided to make a board for my house, which I’m dying to remodel. I mentally went room by room and found pictures of designs I’d like to do when I finally get around to remaking my space. In the process I found other things, like a very clever use for beer can tabs. This led to another board for Clever Ideas.
As a nonprofit consultant, the ability to visualize is absolutely essential. In the past when doing visioning sessions with groups, I used sticky notes to organize and refine ideas. While I wouldn’t give up that method, (it has been very effective), I could see using Pinterest in a similar way.
Pinterest, if nothing else it’s a great way to organize thoughts, and mentally put things in their place. It’s a good way to clear the mind, like watching the white specks settle in a snow globe. It’s creative and fun, and even relaxing, and as it turns out, 11.7 million users agree.
Pinterest may actually be the first social media profile that’s enjoyable to create. It’s definitely, IMHO, the most exciting platform in Social Media since Facebook.