Pinterest is my newest addiction.
The first Friday in February (say that ten times fast!) I posted the blog “How To Do Social Marketing When—Hey Look, Shiny!”
I am now here to tell you that my distractions with Facebook were only the beginning. We are highly visual creatures (when we have sight, I won’t even attempt to give a voice to those that cannot see as to what the next most powerful sense is), and Pinterest plays on that. Pictures, and pictures, and pictures line this wall, and it never stops. Funny pictures, beautiful pictures, cute baby and animal pictures, fashion pictures, awesome pictures, home-style pictures, wedding pictures, how-to pictures, yummy cooking and baking pictures…the list literally never ends. And the same goes for my attention span in Pinterest.
I, in my curious nature, have been trying to see to what end Pinterest would benefit a company. I’ve started to pin (that is, take pictures and post it to my boards, which is how you organize your pictures) the pictures from RevBuilders’ blogs and website. And, I’ve been brainstorming how to use pictures more effectively (and not just stock photos). My lack of design degree is starting to show its limits (did you know I didn’t have a design degree? I bet you couldn’t tell, with my amazing blog pictures!)
The worst part about my obsession with Pinterest is that it’s not something I can avoid. This isn’t a chat box I can turn off, or a page I can quickly leave (though I am certainly avoiding the Pinterest homepage like the plague). But the part that is obsessive about Pinterest is the part I have to do – pin pictures!
This is like a blessing and a curse, rolled into one. Lately I have been using an online stopwatch to remind myself to take breaks from the computer, but now I will need it every five minutes to make sure I’m still on track when I’m doing “social marketing” in Pinterest.
Do you have a Pinterest account? What do you think of Pinterest? Do you have any interest in using it for business purposes?