Pinterest: The Social Media Network for the Anal Retentive
If you haven't heard of Pinterest you obviously have been living under a rock somewhere. Pinterest is the latest Social Media Network to hit the scene. The majority of its population is made up of women so it's no surprise that many of the "pins" and boards are related to cooking, gardening, weddings and fashion.
When I first started using Pinterest I could not figure out what the fuss was about. All I could think was, "great another social network that I can share pictures on," I was wrong. Pinterest is a great way to share links to websites and your content in a visually pleasing manner. When a user "pins" a photo from the web, it links back to the website the photo came from. Of course you can still "pin" your own personal content as well.
So what makes this different from Facebook besides the UI? The answer is organization. Sure Twitter, Facebook and even Google+ have all introduced ways to list your friends content and see who is posting what, but Pinterest takes this idea to a whole new level. Instead of organizing your friends you have the option to organize your own content into boards.
Users can opt to follow all of your boards or just select boards. You have control on how your content is shared. This is great for those people that are anal retentive when it comes to sorting and filing.
You cannot put Pinterest up against the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Although similar, I find that Pinterest is in its own unique type of Social Network. There are no options for games, messaging or all the extra features a full service social network gives you. Think of Pinterest as a Reddit meets Twitter meets Flickr.
Go check out Pinterest and tell me what you think in the comments. And follow me iEllieTV on Pinterest!
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