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What's All the Interest in Pinterest?

Pinterest helps you create your own virtual pinboardRemember 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!

Pamela Cendejas, Real Estate Virtual Assistant – Second Self Virtual Assistance: When There Isn’t Enough of You to Go Around!

Originally posted on my Real Estate Support blog here: http://real-estate-support.com/2012/02/whats-all-the-interest-in-pinterest/.

Comment balloon 12 commentsPamela Cendejas • February 23 2012 01:20PM

Comments

Thanks for the clear explanation...this sounds like fun!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 7 years ago

I am just getting involved with Pinterest.  Thanks for the explanation.  Thanks again Laura

Posted by Lori & Scott Mitchell, Breckenridge Colorado Real Estate (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate - Breckenridge Colorado Luxury Homes) over 7 years ago

Great post. Took a Pinterest webinar today that was very informative. Seems like another great way to get link backs to your website and potentially grow your business.

Posted by Karen Ellis, Home Stager - Howard County MD/Central MD (Refreshing Homes - Home Staging Maryland) over 7 years ago

Pam I started but got nowhere - yet. It does sound like fun! Great talking with you this afternoon!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 7 years ago

Pam, I'm on Pinterest...but, don't have the time to really play with it.  Perhaps later.  It is the big buzz all around.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 7 years ago

I agree, Li.  It does sound like fun.  Always something to keep us occupied and online.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 7 years ago

Hi Laura - I don't claim to be an expert but I am getting looking forward to learning more.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 7 years ago

Hi Karen - I just downloaded an ebook about how best to utilize it.  So, I'll be able to use it to its fullest for myself and my clients soon.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 7 years ago

Hey Anna - Good to talk with you, too.  We'll soon have that website shining like a new car.  Pinterest is like everything else - just takes time.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 7 years ago

Yes, Rebecca, it seems to be the latest and greatest.  I'm all for whatever keeps my site on page 1 of Google, though.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 7 years ago

I have been doing Pinterest for a few months and once you "pin" it to your task bar, it is quick and easy to use.  Since I devote most of my real estate business to lofts, I "pin" a lot of things relating to lofts, be in furnishings, unusual things, etc.  You really can't plug your business, but you can work around it.

Posted by Pat Mistretta, Atlanta Lofts and City Living (PalmerHouse Properties & Associates) over 7 years ago

Great tips, Pat.  Thank you so much for sharing.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 7 years ago

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