I recently discovered Pinterest. Actually my daughter and niece led me there a month ago. I signed up for it and then nothing. I had no idea what to do. If I signed on to Pinterest, I found dozens of cute, clever, interesting, and/or inspiring pictures with Georgie or Claire’s name on them. Shortly, I had a couple of friends’ names appearing with pictures. I still didn’t know how Pinterest worked. I checked it occasionally, hoping that there was some kind of instruction manual. But no. I stayed baffled with it.
Finally, last week-end, Georgie and Claire mentored me in the ways of Pinterest. I love it! Now, I understand the bumper stickers that say “Thank you Pinterest for helping me feel creative even though I’ve really just been sitting at my computer for the last 3 hours.” It’s like having Architectural Digest, Artist’s Network, Style, SELF, BHG, Southern Living, and any other magazine that I crave at my disposal without the cost. There are infinite ideas and I just love the website now that I know how to use it.
I looked up the history of Pinterest today. I tried yesterday but Wilkipedia had a blackout due to SOPA/PIPA protests. I didn’t know much about those two pieces of legislation until then when I indignantly looked up what was interfering with my information trek. That’s when I joined the WordPress protest and attached a ribbon to my blog.
Three men created Pinterest: Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp, and Paul Sciarra. It is an online pinboard that lets you collect and explore things that interest you. Work began on it in December, 2009; it was an invitation only site until 2011. By August, 2011 Time Magazine named Pinterest one of the “50 Best Websites of 2011.” By December it was getting 11 million visits a week.
In an interview with HGTV’s Kim Stoeghauer, Silbermann said that “As a kid, I loved collecting…I thought it would be great to bring that entire experience online and help connect people who have common interests.”
He added, “There is a poster by one of the designers at Facebook that says “Done is Better than Perfect”. We have a copy hanging in our office as a reminder of how important it is to push things forward all the time. Our little team is obsessed with making Pinterest into a service that makes people’s lives more inspiring and fun. That means that we can’t be afraid to try new things and learn from our mistakes.”
In case you are in a browsing mood, check out Silbermann’s pinboard and a few others that he finds amazing: