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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pinterest

For those of you who haven't heard of Pinterest yet, prepare to have your mind blown. If you're familiar with it, you already know how awesome it is. From their site: "What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a social catalog service. Think of it as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can post collections of things you love, and "follow" collections created by people with great taste."

Basically, Pinterest is the coolest thing ever... you can "pin" any image, from any website. The best thing about it is once you pin something, it saves the original link. So say I want to pin a recipe... I just click my "pin it" button on my toolbar, select the image I want, what board I want it to save to, and I'm done. 6 months later when I finally get around to making that recipe, I just view my recipe board, find the image, click it, and it takes me back to where the recipe was originally posted.

The other best thing about it is that you can follow other people boards, and see what awesome stuff they found. If you really like it, you can re-pin their image to one of your boards.

I've found it's best to keep my board categories pretty specific. You can create any type of board you want, as many as you want. I've got 21 boards and counting, with topics ranging from DIY projects to pretty fireplaces.

Here's a look at one of my boards.. each image is a "pin"...


Here's a few of my boards, showing a preview of the pins I have placed on them.


And here's a specific pin... if I click this image it will take me back to where it was originally posted, a blog post containing DIY instructions for making that adorable garland.

Of course, it's not just good for saving pretty images, Pinterest makes a perfect shopping list. Save all the books you want to read this year, or a whole bunch of pillow options for your new couch. When you're ready to buy, you can go right to the store you saved it from.

Ready to get started? You can request an invite to join Pinterest (it's a free service!)... since it's fairly new there is a short waiting period, it took me about a week before my invite was accepted. Or, if you'll leave a comment on this post with your email address, I'll send you an invite and you can start right away.

Warning: Once you start pinning, you can't stop. I am so addicted to Pinterest, I'd rather surf their site than sleep. Remember on The Office when Michael said he didn't work for 5 days when he discovered YouTube? That's what I feel like.

35 comments:

Gwendolyn said...

Invite me!! Please!! I'm getting lost in my bookmarks!

Lib said...

Hey, thanks for this post Erin! I've had an invitation for a couple months and just never got around to playing with it, but this sounds amazing!

I'm with Gwen — too. many. bookmarks.

Anonymous said...

I would love an invite please! Thank you so much!!!

jess.a.cortez@gmail.com

Joel and Cindy said...

Invite me? :)

joelandcindy@gmail.com

Looks amazing!!

Erin said...

I've sent everybody their invites, so let me know if for some reason it didn't come through. Happy Pinning!

Anonymous said...

This sounds amazing! May I please have an invite at kimstewart88@gmail.com?

Lib said...

You're right. Totally addicting!

bprinz said...

Hi Erin! Pinterest seems to be great. Unfortunately I've been on the waiting liste for quite a long time. Could you please, please invite me? Thanks a lot!
birgit(dot)prinz(at)liwest(dot)at

Erin said...

Hi bprinz! I sent your invite, so have fun getting started!

MARISOL said...

how amazing, I would love an invite:
marisol(dot)adb(at)gmail(dot)com

Erin - Dwell and Tell said...

Hi Erin, it's Erin. :)

I'm emailing you my email address (since it includes my whole entire name). Does that work for you?

Thank you so much!

Nancy said...

This is amazing! I'd love an invite: nancy.infinitejewelry@gmail.com

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I requested an invite from the site but haven't heard back yet and I'm just itching to get started. Could you send me one? wvgirl627@hotmail.com

Erin said...

In case anyone is wondering, I'll still send out invites if you'd like one! I usually get the invite sent within a day after you comment, so let me know if for some reason it doesn't come through.

Mrs. Smith said...

Please send me an invite:
brookekelter(at)gmail(dot)com

Thanks!

MaryEllen38 said...

this is so cool, please send me an invite too, mecenzalli@gmail.com

BecHef said...

I would love to give it a try. It suddenly seems to be all the rage. Please send an invite to becca.heflin (at) hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I just requested an invite katiecreekmore@sbcglobal.net
Excited to start pintering!!

kimberlee said...

Please send me an invite! kimberlee@hargray.com
Thanks

Anonymous said...

Yes, please! kmwager@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

hi can i please have an invite to pinterest? aurora893@gmail.com

ilovesatc said...

please invite me too! lydia.anderson.13@gmail.com

becca said...

If you would be so kind as to send me an invite to Pinterest you would make me very, VERY happy! Thanks so much! becca0505@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Pleaseeee invite me!!
futuraservidora@gmail.com

cant wait to pin!!!! thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Please invite me I haven't been able to get in ransomy@yahoo.com

Dyana said...

Looks great!

orangehat5@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Please invite me: sara_oh@mac.com

Anonymous said...

Would love it if you could invite me! sasha_bagster@msn.com so excited to start

Anonymous said...

Kristinedoumit@yahoo.com
Loved reading all about pinterest, would greatly appreciate an invite!

Sarah said...

Could you invite me to Pinterest please?

exodus3311@yahoo.com

I love looking at all the crafts! :)

Pinterest Invite said...

I got my free pinterest invite from here http://ow.ly/9wPT9

Anonymous said...

Can you please invite me to Pinterest please ... My email is jjkams@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone! could please someone invite me? My email : laura.skana@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information! Can you invite me to Pinterest?? gypsygirl3033@yahoo.ca Thanks!

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