the internet is my pinboard

My recent web obsession has been Pinterest, the social site that lets you create virtual pinboards out of stuff you find online. You can pin interesting photos, blog articles, YouTube videos or anything else you'd like to keep track of or share with others. Each pin includes a link to the source of the image, so you can refer back to the information related to the image that you've pinned, and you can create as many boards as you want to use to organize your interests.

As a visual person, I'm in love with this site. I have a lot of bookmarks for articles I want to re-read or things I'd like to try, but they're tucked away in lists and have a tendency to go unused. Sticking something on Pinterest keeps it in front of my eyes and fresh in my mind, so I remember to pick up supplies for that quickie craft project or add an event to my calendar.

You can follow users or their individual boards, so once you find folks who post content you like, you'll got a constant stream of goodness on your Pinterest homepage. Repinning something onto one of your own boards is easy, but I try to check that the pin links to the original source of the image or article before I repin so credit goes where it's due. My pins are here if you want to check them out.

The biggest drawback is that the site doesn't offer the option of private boards. While I appreciate that the community is intended to share with each other, it was frustrating for me to realize I wouldn't be able to work on my holiday gift list or gather ideas for a story that I'd like to keep to myself. Pinterest is also still in beta, so it glitches out on me occasionally.

Pinterest is currently an invitation-only site. You can request an invite from them directly, or just send me a message with your email address if you'd like in.


  1. I signed up for a Pinterest account a while ago, but haven't really used it much (I keep forgetting I have it - danger of too many internet accounts). It really appeals to me also as a visual person, but I am disappointed to learn that I can't make private boards. I know it's supposed to be "social" and all, but my main reason for using such things is that they're mobile.

  2. Yeah, I'm still enjoying it for now, but I'd use it a lot more if I could have private pins. I use a couple of different computers, so it would be helpful to me to be able to use the visual style of a site like that to keep track of links or images that I can get at from wherever I'm working.

    It might be time for me to make one of my semi-annual attempts to use Evernote. It's exactly the kind of service I should love, but for some reason I've never been able to fit it into my way of doing things.


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