by Tammy de Leeuw
"Grouchy Marketing Lady"
Although Pinterest has been around since 2008, it hadn't built up much of a following unti this
year...when it exploded in popularity.
Part of the reason, according to social media researchers, is that Pinterest has tapped into a whole new set of people, people who don't necessarily want or need to share the mundane details of their day. ("Work sucked today," "cat threw up on the sofa," blah, blah, blah..)
Instead, Pinterest acts like a gigantic repository of wish lists; a place where users can ooh and ahh over designer shoes they might not ever be able to buy, plan their dream vacations, or share their favorite artwork and graphics.
Unlike Twitter, which can annoy with its "Look, Ma! No hands!" brand of shameless self-promotion, Pinterest promotes the joys of collecting and curating, then sharing those collections with a group of like-minded individuals.
Following, unfollowing, liking, and sharing are free of obligation and guilt on Pinterest and the recent updates make it easier for you to do so.
Here are some great resources to help you get the most out of Pinterest.
Everything Pinterest- fantastic collection ON Pinterest of all things related to Pinterest
10 Creative Pinterest Board Hacks
Official Pinterest Blog
How to Use Pinterest
How Pinterest Is Becoming the Next Big Thing In Social Media