To not understand the point of Pintrest?

(32 Posts)
Whitewineformeplease Mon 13-May-13 12:44:23

So I have joined Pintrest, after loads of people told me I'd love it, I'd spend hours on it, it's addictive, etc. I have an account, now what the feck do I do? Do you just look at stuff and like it? Is it the Internet equivalent of walking around a whole load of fancy shops or an expensive department store saying to yourself, ooh, that's lovely, I'd love one of those. Can someone point me in the right direction please?

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 13-May-13 12:45:59

I look at it for ideas. It's an inspiration. So...I love crafting, I go to Pinterest and get tips and ideas...if I see something I like I can follow the link to the blog it's come from.

Same with decor ideas.

lynniep Mon 13-May-13 12:47:01

I use it to flag things on the internet that I'm interested in - stuff I'd like to buy but can't afford right now - craft tutorials - sewing patterns I want - clothes I like - kids toys that they want but I will forget about when birthdays come around. Its just a reminder list for me really. I rarely am on it longer than a few minutes - but I do find it more useful than bookmarks.

Ah, you've just not been sucked in to the black hole that is Pinterest yet!

Search for something you are interested in (patchwork, knitting, cooking, gardening Benedict Cumberbatch ) and start pinning images of whatever takes your fancy to your boards. Most of them have links to related stuff (recipes, patterns, naked Benedict Cumberbatch ) so you will soon find out how to spend waste time on the site!

OxfordBags Mon 13-May-13 12:56:23

Pinterest is fantastic! You use it like an online scrapbook, with as many categories as you like. Here's an easy example - say you were planning your wedding. Every time you see a picture of something onlinenthat you love, be it a dress, shoes, bouquet, whatever, you can pin it onto a special 'wedding' Pinterest board. And you can look around the site and see pics you like there and repin them to your boards too. You also follow people and/or their boards (say, for example, you stumble across someone who has a wedding board you find inspiring) and get ideas that way.

I've found it so helpful with planning home decor, and organising things I want to buy, getting new craft ideas, and so on.

I use it for hairstyles!

JohnSnowsTie Mon 13-May-13 12:59:00

I've had to ration my time on it or I end up scrolling for hours. I find it useful for fashion and toddler meal/snack ideas.

lucyt90 Mon 13-May-13 13:00:18

Tried it, don't understand it, can't see the use unfortunately.

sooperdooper Mon 13-May-13 13:01:42

I use it for craft ideas, when I was planning my wedding, recipes - you can either look at what other people have posted, or add your own pins of things you find online and want to refer back to

It's a bit like bookmarking pages you want to look at again, but with the pictures so it looks nicer and it's easier to find what you're looking for

is there anyway to make your account private though?

as soon as i'd signed up for an account i got someone following me confused

i really don't want anyone to look at what i'm pinning!

YoniBottsBumgina Mon 13-May-13 13:09:28

I think you probably have to be a visual thinker fot it to be useful or appealing but for those who are, it's great.

StuntGirl Mon 13-May-13 13:09:35

It's just an online scrap book. Mine is full of things I'd like to buy for my holidays, or clothes and jewellery I like, hairstyles I like, inspiration for decorating, etc, etc.

Katienana Mon 13-May-13 13:25:31

You can create secret boards that no one else can see.

SvetlanaKirilenko Mon 13-May-13 13:32:56

YABU - and I am someone who shuns facebook/twitter and most internetty stuff (except MN of course!).

I used to print out recipes from websites and lose them etc. but now I can save them on pinterest for when I want them. Have also collected ideas for what to wear (have no style), and for redecorating the house (used to have a scrapbook but was spending a fortune on interiors mags - now I never have to buy one again!).

It is fab smile and yy to visual thinker, and yes you can create up to three secret boards where no-one can see your pins...

freddiefrog Mon 13-May-13 13:46:22

I use it a lot, as a sort of memo/notice board/shopping list

I browse women's fashion to pin ideas and styles I like and suit me and use it as a shopping list as it stops my old habit of random impulse buying

We redecorated my girls shared bedroom and I used it to pin ideas

I pin recipes, gift ideas, craft projects, all sorts

I love it and use it every day!
But then I have a lot of interests! grin

claudedebussy I think the same, I would rather it be private but then again that defeats the object in a way as its just one big cycle of pinning things from other people.
I don't want to be identified by friends and family on there as I pin things I am privately interested in. (Don't mind random people following me as I am not identifiable from my account)

The only way around it from what I can tell is what I have done:
Do not link your account to your Facebook or Twitter, sign up via your email address only
My username is literally a username, not my name like most peoples, with my account details as
first name 'keep the change'
last name'you filthy animal'
and my profile pic is just a random pic, not a photo of me.

All my friends, colleagues and family know I use Pinterest because I go on about how great it is all the time but no one I know in RL has followed me yet. So far, so good!

chirpchirp Mon 13-May-13 13:59:46

Pinterest is wonderful, it's my true love and I will not stand to hear a bad word said about it!

I think it probably does appeal to people who are more crafty in may ways but I use it all the time. Comes in great if you are throwing a party (See my BBQ, Star Wars party, Monsters Inc Party and Disney boards) Also brilliant for getting yourself organised - since discovering Pinterest I now meal plan, have completely decluttered and manage to maintain some sort of cleanliness around my house. Also brilliant for ideas of entertaining and getting creative with the kids with tonnes of projects and tutorials of how to make moonsand, play dough and the like.

Generally if you would ever browse the internet and bookmark loads of pages with recipes, outfits, days out etc then Pinterest is what you've been looking for.

GemmaTeller Mon 13-May-13 14:08:19

If you don't want followers or don't want people to see what you're pinning opt for the 'secret board'.

I have made a lot of recipes I've pinned, made some of the craft items I've pinned and bought some of the items I've pinned.

I also use it to promote my business and found it to be a very successful business tool.

Its just like one giant scrapbook with new ideas added all the time.

Pinspire and Picsity anyone?

AvrilPoisson Mon 13-May-13 15:05:55

I think one can have 3 secret boards on there...but tbh, as I use a 'username' not a real name, no-one knows who I am anyway (i and I do have a lot of followers, particularly for my decor and gardeningboards)
I love finding inspration on there..for decor and gardening, but also parties (possibly limtless!), food/recipes/menus, clothing/style etc.

MammaTJ Mon 13-May-13 17:46:39

I am addicted and so is my 7 year old DD. It is one of our favourite things to do together.

Whitewineformeplease Mon 13-May-13 23:13:22

Hmmm, thanks for the advice, seems like it just hasn't grabbed me yet. Meal ideas for babies sounds good, I have a DD who eats like a bird at the minute, so will try that. Interesting what people said about visual learners, I'm not one at all, so maybe that's why I can take it or leave it?

Decoy Tue 14-May-13 01:23:53

I don't get it either, OP.

I'd rather just do my own shopping than wade through other people's choices.

Startail Tue 14-May-13 01:32:24

It's great a huge free craft and interiors magazine, without the annoying ads and smug home owners with yet another kitchen extension

Ozziegirly Tue 14-May-13 07:04:45

We've just bought a house that needs doing up. I have minimal style so I am taking inspiration\stealing from other, more stylish people.

AvrilPoisson Tue 14-May-13 15:55:56

i agree with startail... I have saved so much money not buying magazines since I got on pinterest!

sooperdooper Tue 14-May-13 16:33:51

Decoy, it's not just other people's choices though, you add your own pins from other websites you see elsewhere and save them yourself - it's not just a case of looking at what other people have pinned smile

YoniBottsBumgina Tue 14-May-13 17:26:29

I don't really know how to pin from other sites yet. I think that would make it more interestingfir me.

OxfordBags Tue 14-May-13 18:56:40

Yoni, you need to install the 'Pin it!' Widget onto your toolbar and then, whenever you see something you like on a website, you click that button and it gives you a choice of images from that page to choose from, you choose theone you want and it pins it to whichever board you want it to go on. V easy, honest.

Lorialet Tue 14-May-13 20:04:01

I love it for storing recipes and garden ideas. I also use it for my business ~ I make jewellery so post pics and links to my latest work.

RunRabbit Tue 14-May-13 20:05:59

Damn you 'netters. Now I want to join it.
Great, one more thing for me to get obsessed with [sigh]

amandine07 Tue 14-May-13 21:27:02

I just signed up to Pinterest today and...I love it! I've created several boards already finding photos on things Iike, beautiful clothes, objects, flowers.

In the early stages of organising wedding- this website is going to be my trove of ideas, not need for expensive glossy magazines! smile

chirpchirp Tue 14-May-13 22:07:10

DH is extremely grateful that we got married before I discovered Pinterest!

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