|Posted on April 30, 2012 at 6:35 PM|
Like many of the wired world, I have been using Pintrest recently. A few months ago I signed up but hadn't gotten around to using it and, Evernote had been the answer to my online 'scrapbook'. Still, once your friends and family start using something on a regular basis, you are bound to at least try it out.
Before Evernote, I would simply save that information on my computer, wasting quite a lot of space and, lets be honest, those files are forgotten once 'Save' is pressed. The first clipping-type website I had signed up for was Skitch and then Polyvore. Sktich is more useful as a drawing tool than a clipping tool where Polyvore is centered around fashion. While I think Polyvore is a great site, I could never play dress up online and my life has very little to do with fashion.
"Growing Tomatoes 101" pinned to my 'Homestead' board
In the past two weeks I can see that Pintrest is ideal for all the clippings and ideas I find online. You can create 'Boards' to organize your clippings and best of all, nothing is permanent. For example, I had clipped a kitchen idea into my 'Organized' board. Later I moved it to the 'Clever!' board. Once I use the idea and either put it into practice or decide it is not for me, I can delete the clipping to make room for more.
Now I can see where some are 'pin happy', clipping and pinning hundreds of photos and video a day. It seems like a slippery slope, you start with four boards and before you know it, you have twenty-five. But, if you view Pintrest (or any of these sites) as a tool rather than a game or 'the next great thing', it could be very useful indeed.