I had a friend email me last week to tell me that she had posted an image of mine from my website (of penguins) and it had six “likes” and twelve “pins”. Great, I thought, but what does that mean?
I’ve heard of Pinterest a few times before, but to be honest, I spend WAY too much at my computer already. But I did set up an account on the invitation of my friend and pinned a few things from her board to mine, and I have to admit, it is addictive. It’s like an organized Google/images. You see hundreds of images that are popular, and if you see one you like, you can pin it to one of your own categories and you can follow people who have similar taste to you, and other people follow you.
If you have a great image on a website and someone sees it, they can pin it to their board and in no time it is generating interest and being “re-pinned” to other boards. I suppose the hope is that those people will go to the website that had the image on it in the first place. I felt a little special for a few hours last week when my penguins went “viral” (okay, 12 isn’t viral, but I don’t know any of those people) and who knows where it could lead.