Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where users(pinners) pin images to pin boards. Sounds crazy right? No! It is the latest fad on the internet highway now where every Tom, Dick, Harry and their cat love to post various funny and creative pictures of themselves and share with friends and the worlds. Each image or pin is organized into ‘pinboards’. You can have as many images and pinboards as you want. Incase you are wondering what you will gain by joining, i will be giving you various reasons why you need to join Pinterest.
Reasons to join Pinterest
Pinterest is a great tool and listing all the ways and reasons it can be great for everybody will be quite difficult, but i will take a shot and hope you find something good for you.
1. Connect with friends in a cool way
If you are looking for another great way to connect with friends in a more relaxed environment, then Pinterest is where to be. Pinterest is a greatly addictive site and you will love it, especially if you love images.
2. Instant Organized bookmarking
Found a great story on any site? Pinterest is there for you. Video? Image? Pinterest is there too for you and helps you to instantly bookmark those nice and nifty images for later reference. You can organize your bookmarks(pins) into categories(pinboards). For example, on my pinterest profile, I have a pinboard called Infographics where I only pin awesome infographics I come across on the internet. I have other pinboards for other images. Keep all your random ideas and links in one organised place.
3. Easy and fun sharing:
Who doesn’t love images? An image is worth a thousand words. With Pinterest, you get an easy and fun-filled way to share and enjoy awesome images with friends and acquintances. You can easily share any pin with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or any other social network. Pin things that inspire and motivate you, be it quotes, pictures, videos, etc.
Make new friends with same interests:
Love cooking and sharing food recipes? There are people like you on Pinterest. Are you a wedding organiser and love pics of bridal dresses and wedding stuffs? What of tutorials and how tos? Anybody love cats? You got it all on Pinterest. No matter your interest or inclinations, there is almost always something awesome for you to like and enjoy on Pinterest.
5. Learn something new and awesome:
There are so many nice and nifty images on Pinterest that link to awesome tutorials on the internet. From how to bake cakes to how to design a site, you can find it on Pinterest. As of now, it’s mostly women that are on Pinterest, but men are coming on in droves.
6. Get Gift Ideas:
Got an event or birthday to attend? Need to get a nice gift for your hubby, girlfriend, wife, boyfriend or colleague on an important or special day or occasion and you have no idea of what to get? Worry not, Pinterest is there for you and can help you out. Just goto Pinterest, search and browse for what you want. Most businesses and brands have a presence on pinterest, so you can easily buy what you want from there.
7. Easy to use:
Did i mention that pinterest is so easy to use that even a cat can use it? It is very easy to share images on pinterest. There is even a pinterest bookmarklet that you can install in your browser and click on it when you find any image on any site you want to pin to any of your boards. You can add the pinterest bookmarklet to help you pin images from sites easily.
8. Plan and organise events and projects:
Pinterest can help you organize and plan for projects and events. From weddings, birthdays or house decorations to what to cook, you can organize it on Pinterest. Just find what you need on the web and pin it to an appropriately named board.
9. Share your passion:
Love cooking or making wedding dresses? You can take or create nice pictures and share them on pinterest. If you love creating guides, guides and how tos, pinterest is a great place for you to share them. Even if it is cats you love, you can share your funny and crazy cat pics and videos.
10. Brings out the creative you:
For the very creative ones, pinterest is a very great place to showcase your talent and creativity to the world. Even if you are not a very creative person, you can still make your pinterest profile to be very nice and beautiful, just use other people’s nice images and pin them to your boards.
11. Find jobs:
On of the very awesome uses that pinterest has been put into is in finding jobs. Jeanne Hwang wanted to work for pinterest and created a ‘ want to work for pinterest‘ board detailing her CV and qualifications. She has now gotten a job offer from Pintics, a Pinterest analytics site.
12. Drive Traffic to your site with Pinterest:
You can increase traffic to your site or blog with pinterest. With more than 15 million members, Pinterest is currently generating more traffic than Google+ and LinkedIn. Why not utilize this? Whenever an image is pinned to pinterest, a link is to the original image is created. Whenever that image is clicked, then pinterest user is redirected to the website and you get new eyeballs on your awesome content. Check out this guide on how to use pinterest for seo.
13. Increase sales for your business:
Pinterest can help you increase sales for your business. Pin images of your products on Pinterest. For videos, you can upload them on Youtube and share on pinterest. This can help drive traffic to your business and increase sales. Works very well for wedding planning agencies, bridal brands, cooking and recipes and other image-heavy businesses. Can also work for you and your business if you can create nice images of your products to pin on Pinterest. Check this tutorial on how to do business with pinterest.
14. Pinterest is Free:
Where you thinking you would be paying for all this awesomeness? Pinterest is free! Wont have been fun any other way. All you need to join pinterest is an email address and the willingness to view images in a fun-filled way.
How to join Pinterest.
Pinterest is currently in open beta and requires an invite to join. To join pinteret, just goto Pinterest.com, and click on ‘Request an Invite’. Your email address will be asked for, input it. You will be sent an invite to join Pinterest to that email. When you get the email, open your account, follow people and pin away! Dont forget to follow my pins on Pinterest. You can then add friends from facebook.
If you want to view your facebook timeline profile as a pinboard, you can check the awesome Pinviewer facebook app. This nifty app takes your facebook timeline profile and converts it into a pinterest style pin board. There is also a facebook group for the pinterest addicts.
Need more reasons? Have anything to share? Feel free to sound off in the comments below. And dont forget to pin images from here to Pinterest! Cheers!
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