I asked myself this question a few weeks ago when I received my invite to join Pinterest. Still feeling the sting of hours of wasted time trying to figure out Google+ I wasn’t anxious to start all over again with yet another social networking site.
After a bit of peer pressure and feeling like I must be missing something, I activated my Pinterest account a few days ago. I was left feeling a little lost and bewildered. What do I pin? Why are my friends pinning stuff? Where do I find the time?
I set up a few boards, followed a few people and went back to my old faithfuls (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn). What I wasn’t expecting was the flood of notifications letting me know people were following my pins. After a few days of this, I started feeling guilty because I hadn’t pinned anything!
My biggest initial challenge for using Pinterest was that I spend the majority of my time “surfing the web” from my iPad or iPhone. Not my computer. On your computer you can add a convenient tab to your bookmarks that allows you to click the button and “Pin It”. I hadn’t figured out how to do that from my mobile devices.
I found this frustrating but finally figured it out. So this is my Pinterest tip for anyone who is starting to play with the site. Go to the app store and download the “Pin It” app for your iPhone and iPad. It will cost you 99 cents, but it will let you pin from your mobile devices. I still have mixed feelings about the value Pinterest will add to my social networking activities but do feel a lot more compelled to play with it now that I have the Pin It app.
Would love to hear from some Pinterest users what you think of the site and how you are using it.