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Pinterest: Why the new social network is gaining so much interest

Pinterest

'Me boards'

Forget Linsanity, based on how my social media streams and blog readers have been clogged with mentions of Pinterest in the last week, I’m beginning to go a bit pinsane.

I’ve been interested Tumblr’s cooler younger sibling for a while – I signed up back when the branding wasn’t as retro and watched tentatively until US tech blogs began the murmur last Autumn. By the new year , it was all the US social media crowd could talk about and UK users were growing – then more and more mainstream media articles began to appear. I was asked to write a piece on Pinterest for the Guardian on Friday – but on researching the article I received such a wealth of response from self-confessed ‘Pin-addicts’ that I thought it would be good to publish some of these in full here – as some of the comments are incredibly insightful and, well, pinteresting.

Here’s the piece in full – and Cardiff-based photographer Pippa Bennett, who I quoted, has written this blogpost outlining in full how she got on Pinterest, her favourite things about it and the best boards to follow. Here’s an extract:

Its potential for creative professionals is definitely one of the most exciting things about it. All my other sites and networks have to be divided into personal and professional but you dont need that with Pinterest. I just have one account and it benefits my profile as a photographer without having to be aggressive in my promotional approach.

As a photographer I have created boards of my images on there. I tag them as accurately as possible and make sure my website link is on each pin. That then means that they can come up in other people’s streams and searches. It gets my photography recognised and seen without me having to shove it down anyone’s throat. Pinterest is especially perfect for me as I am a wedding photographer and wedding blogging and planning makes up a huge proportion of Pinterest usage.

I can also interact with my potential clients in a totally novel way. If they like what they see of my photos or they see other things I’ve pinned, they can go look at my other boards and see what, beyond my own photographs, I enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by hrwaldram

February 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Top new media developments of 2010

Another year over and another smattering of predictions of new media developments in 2010; some made tentatively – knowing the pitfalls of trying to guess future trends; others made largely on what we can see happening already.

Media moguls wait patiently for the days when they can begin cataloguing 2010 moments, and predict the next big thing of 2011. It’s their right to do so – they’ve seen the industry change rapidly over the last few years and no doubt some hope to be on the money with their foresight.

But before we go on to take a stab and how the media landscape will look at the end of 2011, many of us have been dozily wallowing through the months that were 2010 – analysing the top media moments and smugly reminiscing on new media breakthroughs.

In 2008 I wrote on my addiction to end of year top ten lists. Here’s my top ten of the top ten 2010 reviews: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by hrwaldram

December 31, 2010 at 5:29 pm