If you are a social media veteran, then there’s no doubt you’ve been rocked by the mega wave that is Pinterest. Pinterest is a media sharing site based on the concept of a bulletin board. Site members can “pin” images of anything of their liking, and categorize their pinnings into groups that can be shared with other members who have similar interests. Pinterest is not only great to look at, but also a convenient organizational tool and a great way to make new connections with people who share your tastes. Since its inception in 2010, Pinterest was a by-invitation-only site, but it has recently been made open to the public. This change is sure to further stimulate Pinterest’s already alarming growth rate. Are you ready? Here are some things you need to know:
New categories. Pinterest recently added new pin categories to its old standards like “Food and Drink,” “Home Décor,” and “Architecture.” These new labels, which include things like “Quotes” and “Tattoos,” are reflective of the growing Pinterest population and are intended to help Pinners categorize their pins as aptly as possible for ease of sharing. Additionally, some category names have been updated for the same reasons. You should learn about Pinterest categories if you want to make the most of your Pinterest usage.
Logging in through other social media accounts. Pinterest allows you to log into the site by using either your Facebook or Twitter account information. Not only is this a great convenience, but it is also easy to see how linking Pinterest and your other social media accounts could make sharing between networks easier and less confusing.
Now’s the time to jump on board. Studies suggest that Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social networking applications in the history of online social media. As a matter of fact, Pinterest membership numbers hit the ten million mark just one year after the site launched, and Pinterest now holds the number three spot (right behind Facebook and Twitter, respectively) for largest social media site on the web. It seems that Pinterest’s popularity is only growing, and its new public persona is sure to fuel the fire. Therefore, there’s no better time than now to get in on the ground floor and learn the ropes.
Pinterest has taken the world of social media by storm. If you are not yet a member of Pinterest, or are not making full use of all this social media giant has to offer, than you are missing out. Get in now and explore a bit. You have now been officially invited.
About the Author: Rod Osdoba is a social media specialist who enjoys helping small business owners learn to utilize social networking sites like Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. He uses Twitter statistics tracking tools and other devices to gauge the effectiveness of all of his company campaigns.