|I Love Charts may be onto something.|
About a week ago, I decided to drink the Kool-Aid. You see, this site Pinterest has been out for a while now, allowing people to create virtual “pinboards” about whatever their hearts desire. From the beginning, I was staunchly against it. Reports have come out recently stating the site has been reaching record numbers traffic-wise, and I couldn’t understand why. The site apparently attracts a high percentage of females compared to males, creating endless visions of weddings, clothing, and generally domesticated stuff. Given the goal of my tumblr (my attempts at being girly and whatnot), shouldn’t I have jumped on this train a while ago? I mostly figured it was like tumblr (another semi-micro-blogging platform I use) for housewives and crafty housewives-in-training.
Well, I was right.
Days after defending my unwillingness to join (yet) another social network, a text to an enabling friend (I love you, girl!) had me receiving an invite, through facebook and my email. From the onset, I was confused- I have to share all of this stuff with my 1000 closest facebook friends? Most of them don’t even know how many siblings I have in real life!* As soon as I figured out how to log in, I was asked to mark things I’m interested in, and it automatically had me follow the pins of roughly 100 people. *facepalm*
|The text that started it all. I recharged soon after.|
The next thing I know, I’m on a ‘dashboard’ with nothing but pictures. Food pictures. Wedding pictures. Baby pictures. Pet pictures. Shoe pictures (well, I didn’t mind those as much). Postcard-esque travel pictures. It was overwhelming to say in the least, so of course, I did what any sensible person (or business) would do, and tried to figure out what I could do with this space. I sought to find out the goals of Pinterest, if you will. A visit to the help section brought the following piece:
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Oh, great. And the mission:
Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.
That’s really cute, Pinterest. Really cute. From what I can tell between the following cues, not much interaction really goes on past the “repinning” motion. You pretty much scroll endlessly, find something that catches your eye, repin it, and repeat. How exactly one makes friends like this, I’m not sure. Maybe it’s not for that. The mission is to connect people to things, and not exactly people. Besides, I have the tendency to pick out patterns in things, and I clearly see a few personality types on here that bother me just a bit:
- Single Girl Planning Her Wedding- This could be because I’m legitimately creeped out by the trend of these ‘single bridezillas’ planning their weddings down to the detail (rings, dress, photography poses) without even having a boyfriend. The hours I’ve heard some people spend towards this scares me. This is more than putting the cart before the horse- it’s expanding the cart, buying a couple of horses, leaving them at home just in case, and then forgetting the cart in order to buy a Rolls Royce. As a generation, I think women have gone a little wedding crazy, placing more emphasis on what is essentially a formal-ish fancy party instead of working on yourself to be the best self before marrying. I’ll probably rant more about this later, so moving on…
|My thoughts exactly, Ryan.|
- Super Crafty Something or Other- We get it. You like making things. You knit, sew, paint, reupholster, and découpage like no one’s business. You’d DIY a TV if you could. There’s nothing wrong with this at all. Not to say that I’m not in awe of your skills, because I clearly can’t craft my way out of a paper bag. Let’s just say I’m slightly jealous of your skills and that somewhat annoys me.
- I’ve Seen How You Dress In Real Life- So many “My Style” boards, which to me, suggests items that the user would currently wear, or already owns. For many users, “My Style” translates to “My Fantasy.” Runway models and sleek styles abound in this board, yet your personal brand looks more inspired by Lea Michele’s character (granny + toddler) on Glee? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but just be you.
- You NEVER Eat That!- Some of my friends have tastes so refined (read: picky) that it’s a wonder that they ever do eat. All of a sudden, on Pinterest, you become a well-seasoned foodie, liking and repinning things you likely wouldn’t even sniff. I find this brand humorous, because as a picky eater (with exotic tastes) myself, you won’t catch me liking a bananas foster, no matter how many people have liked or repinned it.
The verdict’s still out on whether I’ll continue to pin, or if I’ll go the way of deactivation until I grow up and decide to do something (or ALL the things!) myself. I suppose I’m still trying to find my niche in this huge world of pinnery, and need a little guidance as to where to start. Perhaps once I unfollow all of the ‘dream wedding’ boards, I’ll have something to look forward to. So, the question for you is- Have you or do you currently use Pinterest? What value are you getting out of the site? I look forward to your answers.
* I have two siblings- fun fact.