Pinterest is perhaps one of the most versatile social media sites on the web. Basically an online bulletin board, Pinterest allows users to catalog and file objects from other web sites so they can be found later. Created in 2010, by May, 2015 Pinterest boasted 72.8 million users from all over the world, 85% of whom are women. It is estimated that 42% of American women use Pinterest. Over 1 billion Pinterest boards have been created containing more than 50 billion Pinterest pins. Pinterest is available from your desktop/laptop computer, and has had an app for your mobile device since early 2011. Pinterest is truly a social media phenomenon.
|Pinterest login screen|
You can create your Pinterest account using your email address, or your Facebook account. Choose a password, and you can get started "pinning" the things that interest you on the web.
|The individual pins in a Pinterest board|
This is my board called "Bags and Totes." This is the board where I pin bags and totes I might want to make one day, or bags that I might use for inspiration for my own creations.
|Individual pin with link to specific website|
|Pinterest home page|
Once you have created your Pinterest account, your home page will show you random pictures posted by others....
|Pinterest followers page|
|Pinterest search - "modern quilts"|
and if it doesn't, use the search feature in the upper left corner to search for things that interest you. Here, I have searched for "modern quilts." The search result will be objects that others have tagged as modern quilts or posted to modern quilts boards.
|Individual pin with "Follow Board" link in the upper right corner|
Sometimes you may want to share a board with someone else. In this case, a few of us share a board called "Modern QOV Ideas." This is a place to pin ideas and inspiration for Quilts of Valor. Owners of a board may invite others to pin to the board so they can share the inspiration they find relating to a specific topic.
One word of caution: Pinterest can be habit-forming!