Social media has changed the way society lives, works and plays (Whitaker, Ramsey, & Smith 2012). A social media network that I use to research and collate my interests is Pinterest.
I love to cook and I love looking at photos that inspire me. I could sit on the internet for days, looking at images and blogs of beautiful houses, design, art and travel. Which is why I love Pinterest.
Using Pinterest both personally and professionally allows me to upload and manage, scroll and research images/videos that you love.
I also use Pinterest to collate inspiring links into ‘boards’, example boards might be: recipes, quotes, interior design, places to go, favourite ted talks and other lectures, quirky videos, organisation ideas, etc.
I professionally use Pinterest to communicate with clients about design work. Pinterest allows you to make ‘secret boards’ that you can share the link, which is a fantastic way to illustrate to clients your vision for their branding. What was previously a formal meeting, with printed pictures and lots of effort, is now a quick and easy transaction thanks to Pinterest.
If you’re a visual hoarder like me, and you get sick of scrolling through your bookmarks to find ‘that’ article/image/video, then Pinterest is for you.
After signing up, users upload, save, sort, and search through a plethora of content. Ranging from recipes, interior design inspiration, D.I.Y tips, interesting articles, wedding inspiration, hairstyles, fashion, art and so much more.
The theory behind Pinterest, is that users ‘pin’ images to ‘boards’, somewhat like an electronic version of the good old mood board. The most common boards on Pinterest include: ‘For the home’, ‘Style’, ‘Products I love’, ‘Food’, ‘Favourite places and spaces’, ‘Craft’ and ‘Books worth reading’ (brandongaille.com 2015).
Users search what they want to find, and ‘pin’ that link if they like it enough. They can then ‘follow’ the person who originally pinned it, turning their home page into a canvas for recipes, favourite hairstyles, quotes, home and garden, travel inspiration, art blogs, and pretty much anything else.
Some would say the best aspect (or perhaps the worst, depending on your procrastination threshold) about the site is the infinite scroll bar. Enabling you to just keep going. Telling yourself ‘I’ll get out of this in a minute’.
My favourite thing about the growing popular social media network is that it’s as social or as anti-social as you make it. Users can connect and network if they choose, or they can rest easy knowing there is no status updates, checking in, people to befriend or filters to apply. All interaction between users is done through private messaging.
Why not just use google I hear you ask? You could if you wanted the usual standard google results.
Pinterest’s content stems from what other users ‘pin’, which is mostly from a higher quality source, including designer and fashion blogs, professional photograph sites, architecture forums, leaving a more polished, tasteful search result.
Overall I would highly recommend Pinterest as a glossy, addictive way to digitally organize your favourite things.
I found this chapter of the textbook very interesting. It’s about words and how to use them correctly. It tells you to avoid exaggerating, using ‘posh’ words, avoid using words in vogue, slang, jargon, euphemisms, swear words, words with two possible meanings and so on.
I quite like the news writing style; it’s inclusive and makes sure everyone can understand what is being written.
My first attempt I got 9/10, getting a question about exaggeration wrong. I chose the obvious (to me) answer, which was ‘technically inaccurate’ because people may not necessarily be sacked. Option C is most accurate because it refers to the positions without using the exaggerated form of word.
Google ‘Tips for writing great reviews’, 2015, viewed 3 September 2015
Pinterest ‘About’, 2015, viewed 3 September 201, https://about.pinterest.com/en
‘10 Most Popular Categories and Board Names on Pinterest’, 2013, viewed 3 September 2015, http://brandongaille.com/10-most-popular-categories-and-board-names-on-pinterest/
Pinterest Images: ‘Pinterest Addicts’ 2015, viewed 8 September 2015, https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?rs=ac&len=2&q=pinterest+addict&term_meta%5B%5D=pinterest%7Cautocomplete%7C1&term_meta%5B%5D=addict%7Cautocomplete%7C1
Whitaker, R, Ramsey, J & Smith, R 2012, Media writing: print broadcast and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.