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Newest Web time-killer: Pinterest

March 4, 2012 - Jennifer Brookens
The reason I'm blogging on the weekend is that my newest time-killer online is acting up today.

A few months ago, I was introduced to the world of Pinterest. I suppose if a picture is worth a thousand words, then Pinterest summarizes one's whole personality through different bulletin boards.

The first part - which is a little off-putting - is the fact that you need to be "invited" to join. However, since half my Facebook friends rave about Pinterest, it wasn't long before I got the sacred invite. So then what happens? You have 7 or 8 generic categories for your boards, like "My style," "Favorite spaces and places," and "Books worth reading." Good news is you can change those categories into ones you like, add more boards or delete some. Then it's time to start pinning: you can upload images you have on your computer, or you can grab images you find on your travels through cyberspace.

So what's the point of all this? Well so far for me, it's been more of an entertaining time-killer. I made myself hungry looking of pictures of my favorite junk foods, made myself homesick with pictures of the mountains and ready for vacation with pictures of beaches. And I guess my crowning achievement on Pinterest would be getting all my Anne Taintor pictures onto one place (and they get "repinned" a lot! Yes, everyone on pinterest can see your "pins," so good judgement needs to apply).

But some people have actually made good, productive use of Pinterest. I have a friend who was able to make a box spring for his queen-size bed in the upstairs bedroom, when the regular boxspring couldn't fit up the stairs. Another friend posted how an old door was transformed into a coffee table. Plus recipes - both healthy and unhealthy - are posted for new meal and treat ideas... And one of my Pinterest friends wisely labeled her good idea crafts board "Crafts I'll never get around to doing."

That may very well be my epitaph at this rate...


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