Saturday, January 7, 2012

Investigating the Interest in Pinterest

I first learned about Pinterest in May or June of last year when a colleague of mine showed me the photography she was bookmarking on Pinterest. I didn't think much of it at the time because what I saw didn't interest me. Fast forward six months and Pinterest is a very rapidly-growing social bookmarking service. So after reading Larry Ferlazzo's list of guides to Pinterest, I spent some time exploring the site.

Pinterest is still only accessible through invitation. I signed up and received my invitation in a day or two. Incidentally, that was much quicker than I got into Google+.

The first thing that you'll notice about Pinterest is that it is a very visual format. There are images attached to everything that a person "pins" (Pinterest's term for bookmarking) to a "board." A Pinterest board is the place to which you pin your discoveries on the web. You can create multiple boards to represent your various interests. For example, I created a board for pictures of Maine and a board for things about sports.

You can browse Pinterest to look at other people's boards. You can browse boards by category. And just like on any good social network, on Pinterest you can follow people with whom you have common interests. I spent some time exploring the Education boards on Pinterest and have listed below a few of the better ones I found. If you're interested in discovering education content on Pinterest, these might be a good place to start.
Classroom Ideas
100th Day Activities
Technology to Support Education