Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bright, shiny Pinterest

Pinterest... when I first heard about it, I have to say that it was not in a favorable light...
"It's the girly Tumblr..."
"It's where anorexic girls go for inspiration..."
"It's where DIY craft projects go to die..."
But, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get away from it. Virtually every website I landed upon had the tiny little button that beckoned me to "Pin it" - and, as I continued to spend more time with Pinterest, I noticed that it was quickly growing past it's triteness and into the new "bright, shiny object" of the social media world.

For those who don't have a clue what Pinterest is, let me start by clearing up something. It is indeed Pinterest... not PinInterest or Pinterested. It's Pinterest.

Now that that's cleared up ... Pinterest is a pinboard-style social photo sharing site that allows users to create and manage image collections. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, 're-pin' images to their own collections and/or 'like' photos. Pinterest's mission is to "connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting" via a global platform of inspiration and idea sharing. Pinterest allows its users to share 'pins' on both Twitter and Facebook, which allows users to share and interact with a broad community.

Launched in early 2010, Pinterest has gone from being one of the fastest-growing social networks to being the third most popular social network in the U.S. It comes up right after Facebook and Twitter, both of which are already known globally and have millions of users overseas. Pinterest is hoping to join them in the international arena.

Yep. I signed up.

I figured that I would pin things that are relevant to this blog ... well, let's just say Chiclets, my boards on Pinterest have definitely expanded. I've gone from old-school opera, inspiration and theaters to include old-school Hollywood, sacred spaces, 2012 presidential campaign images and even a style board where I can study up and hone my personal style. Trust: I need all the help I can get in the style department.

The more I explored, the more I realized that there are quite a few of us "opera-types" on Pinterest already. Here are just a few:
Royal Opera House
Metropolitan Opera Guild
Opera San Jose
The Atlanta Opera
Central City Opera
LA Opera
London Symphony Orchestra
Detroit Symphony
Nevada Opera
I encourage you to check it out ... start by signing up and following Yours Truly! But, be warned ... Pinterest can suck you in and before you know it, you've gone from zero to 907 pins.

Happy Pinning.

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