Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas. Use Pinterest to make meals, plan travel, do home improvement projects and more.
I have a problem.
With a capital “P”.
For any of you who are not familiar with the platform, Pinterest is a social media site that’s tailor made for those of us who want a little less “social” with our media. It’s like having a huge virtual cork board where you can “pin”, well, whatever you want. You can create individual “boards” for a specific topic, and fill your boards with recipes you want to try/have tried, TV shows you enjoy, actors and actresses, or in my case: Art, horror memorabilia, more art, Batman, Scooby Doo, quotes and clever quips, and (surprise!) even some art thrown in.
Where does the social part come in? Well, you can follow other people’s boards, repin and “like” what they’ve pinned, and if you really want to, you can send private messages.
I really do like Pinterest, as my 24,000+ pins would suggest. In fact, the only three social media sites I use are Twitter, Pinterest and WordPress. And because my career is a creative one, I fuss over my Pinterest boards as if they were paintings.
But recently, I’ve been seeing a disturbing trend developing. Please allow me a few minutes to explain. Continue reading