Remember what it was like when you were younger and you would tear out photos from magazines of your favorite teen heartthrobs to tape on your walls? What girl didn't swoon over baby-faced Paul McCartney or wish Frankie Avalon was serenading them on the beach instead of Annette? Well, Pinterest has taken that concept and created a virtual pinboard for users to gather all the interesting things they find on the web and share them other individuals online. But, what's all the interest in Pinterest?
Pinterest is meant to both give and receive inspiration in users' daily lives by sharing what interests them most. Whether sharing a recipe, looking for home decorating ideas, health and beauty tips, showcasing your listings by location or even highlighting what you love about each city you represent, Pinterest allows you to create any type of board you want, "pin" images to it, share them with others (including a really cool app on Facebook) and look for feedback. Like social media, boards can be shared for even more exposure to a wider audience and lets potential clients learn a little bit about you in the process.
The first step to creating your own virtual pinboard is to ask for an invitation using your email. Once you are invited, you can create your own account, set up a profile (including a picture) and even add it to your Facebook Timeline with the simple click of a button. By the way, if you weren't aware of it, Facebook is making their Timeline mandatory as of March 1, 2012. Once your account is established, you can start creating any type of board you want.
Unlike real life, your virtual board is not limited by space. Add as many pins as you want. You can even request that some of the people you admire and follow on Pinterest become contributors to your boards to make them even more special. You still ultimately control what gets "pinned" on your board and what doesn't.
Feature your favorite boards on your blog or website to help develop a following. If you make it interesting, people will want to see what you are up to next. Each pin is linked to the original site it was taken from. If you're using pins from sites other than your own, always make sure to add a description and give credit where it is due. You want the source to know that your intentions are honorable in sharing the information.
Pinterest is still pretty new to the online community. They are always looking for ways to improve and welcome any feedback you are willing to offer. If you've developed an interest in Pinterest, request an invitation now. Once you start, you'll be hooked!
Originally posted on my Real Estate Support blog here: http://real-estate-support.com/2012/02/whats-all-the-interest-in-pinterest/.