Pinterest – the next big thing in social media?

A few weeks ago a close friend of mine introduced to me to the latest social media phenomenon called Pinterest and I’ve been hooked ever since. Pinterest is an amazing virtual pin board that allows you to pin and share the things you love. I’ve never come across anything like it.

Pinterest allows you to source beautiful images from the internet (anything that may be appealing to you), create pin boards and ‘pin’ those images on to the boards. When creating your pin boards, be sure to organise them in different categories. This will make it easier to pin certain images on to the relevant boards.

For example, I have a few boards which are categorised as Favourite Recipes, My Style and Helpful Hints. Whenever I am on a fashion blog or online store, I take images from there and pin them on to “My Style” board. My followers can then like, comment on or re-pin my pin. Your pins can go viral within seconds. Browsing through other pins and pin boards allows you to discover new things and inspiration… and it can be so much fun!

Pinterest has one main goal:
Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.

But will all the hype around this social media phenomenon last? When any social media network launches, millions of people jump on the bandwagon simply because it is something new. The novelty usually wears off within the first few months. According to Mashable “Pinterest is generating for referral traffic than YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn combined.”

The infograph below by Lemon.ly illustrates Pinterest’s rise in the social media sphere:

If you have a Pinterest profile, please fell free to share your thoughts and pinning experiences with us. If you do not have one yet… What are you waiting for? Request an invitation and happy Pinning!