Pinterest – Why Another Social Networking Site?


Many times, people have said to me, “You should join Pinterest!”

To be brutally honest — I just did not want one more social networking site to monitor and to think about. I spend enough time on email, blogging, and with all the various Icelandic Facebook pages that I administer. Is another site necessary? Why is it useful?

Well, I finally have succumbed ….. and the reason???

Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing things that you like from the internet. Sometimes, I find a really cool video and want to remember it for later use in the blog or for one of the Icelandic related Facebook pages that I administer. Sometimes, I end up searching and searching online for that video but now with Pinterest, it can be saved in a folder and easily found.

Many businesses now use Pinterest. Just two examples below are from Health Magazine and the Travel Channel.



With the click of a button, you can take any image and “pin” it onto a digital board. The really cool thing is when you click on the picture, it is linked back to the website where the idea originated — like a visual bookmark that gives appropriate credit to the creators of the idea, photo, or video. You can have as many boards as you want. The interest in Pinterest is rising fast and many people are finding the value of this site.


Boards can be secret (private) or public. You can invite other people to pin on your boards, too. It is an amazing place to organize ideas and information that you like from the internet. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s a board for it or you can make one.

Pinterest users can “follow” each other, just like people do on Facebook, LinkedIn, Blogs, or Twitter. Users can search boards and re-pin things they like onto their own site.

This is what my page looks like with eight Boards so far.


Do you have a board that I should follow? Let me know.

Happy Pinning!!!


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