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February 14th, 2012 at 7:02 am

A Pinterest-ing Valentine’s

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Last week I gave you some ideas for some creative ways to celebrate and commemorate Valentines Day. Hope you had some fun with them.

I’m a recent convert to the Pinterest phenomenon and I’m having a great time browsing through the boards and finding inspiration. There is an incredible amount of creative, fashionable, clever, useful and funny content on that site. It’s really fun to see what people are pinning and re-pinning and I’ve gotten so many great ideas for cooking, organizing, decorating and shopping.

In case you’re not yet familiar with this newest social craze, check out an earlier blog by our favorite Monday blogger, Kim Ross for an explanation. She was an early adopter of Pinterest and her boards are chock full of fun and creative ideas.

In a nutshell, Pinterest is a social site where you share photos of things that interest you that you find on the web.  You create “boards” of a particular topic or category and pin your content to the boards.  It might be fashion, baking, home decorating, pets, fitness, etc. You can browse by subject or by what’s popular. When you see something you like, you can pin it to your own board, like it, and/or comment on it.

Say you’re interested in ideas for your garden or you’re planning a baby shower. You can browse the subjects and see what other people have pinned. The clever and useful ideas are abundant. The pins themselves are pictures from actual websites. Click through on the picture and you can link to its original site.

You can also put an applet in your browser to pin anything on the web that you find and like. You’ll  notice that many websites have added a “Pin It” button alongside the Facebook Like, Stumble, and Tweet buttons.

Consider this the web version of all the folders and binders you used to create with torn out pages from magazines, only much neater and well organized. We like organized.

And to show you what I’m talking about click on either of these links below to see an example of how I’ve used Pinterest to showcase my favorite Valentine’s Day ideas.

Be careful though, you might find yourself spending a little TOO much time browsing, pinning and generating ideas. It’s very addictive.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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  1. I like the fact that you refer to me as an “early adopter.” I’m going to start telling people that is why I have SO many pins. Some of my friends are starting to think I have a problem….. Can you be a Pinterest addict? I LOVE IT! : )

    Kim Ross

    14 Feb 12 at 12:25 pm

  2. Yes Kim, you beat us to the Pinterest party by several months, so that definitely qualifies you as an early adopter.

    And yes, I think you can be an addict. Not sure what the cure is but until one is found, pin on!

    Paula Palermo

    14 Feb 12 at 7:54 pm

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