pinning

Every few days I plan on offering an update on this Pinterest thing people keep talking about. My “examination” begins two days later than I had planned due to the fact that I had to request an invitation and then await Pinterest’s acceptance of me. While exceptionally annoying this tactic was brilliant in forcing anticipation to get the better of me. When I was (finally) accepted I immediately felt more important than everyone around me, and for very good reason I might add – I’m now a member of the elite Pinterest club; a group totaling no less than 10 million users which, in “internet terms” truly is quite exclusive.

I was allowed (a term I use loosely) to login using my Facebook profile; this convenient trend has picked up recently but it comes with a price as you’re allowing the site to collect your personal information. The up-side of course being that, as a member of Generation Y, I have a strangely comfortable with sharing copious amounts of highly personal information with whoever is kind enough to ask for it.

Upon logging in for the first time you’re forced to walk through a relatively painless “get to know you” where the folks at Pinterest collect information regarding your specific interests and then make recommendations as to who you might be interested in following. Once done you’re free to take on the Pinterestsphere

Being the nerd that I am the very first thing I did was tackle the “admin panel” (so to speak). Pinterest offers a fairly standard “invite your friends” mechanism that allows you to alert your existing networks of your new found infatuation including Facebook, Gmail and Yahoo!. The “find friends” button leads you to the same place as the “invite friends” and the module doubles in terms of utility, offering up suggestions drawn directly from your Facebook account.

The control panel also allows me to manage my “boards”, “pins” and “likes” which I will address in later blogs. The “settings” section is exactly what you’d expect it to be allowing you to change your email address, password, manage your personal information and the level of integration with Facebook and Twitter. Two things worth mentioning:

  • Pinterest allows you to brand your Pinterest page. For example http://pinterest.com/yourcompany. I would recommend snagging your brand as soon as possible.
  • The “Notifications” section allows you to change your email settings. I immediately swapped everything to “once daily” instead of immediately in order to avoid being inundated with Pinterest emails. Something I learned the hard way back in the Myspace days.

And now I’m unpinterested; more to come! Stay tuned…

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