One of the stories of the year from a tech point of view.
Okay, so you never asked for a “virtual pin-board” before. But who of you ever wanted a “micro-blogging platform” (Twitter) or “online dealer” (Groupon)? The point is; just because the public doesn’t know what it wants doesn’t mean they can’t get it! Just ask Apple how exactly to leverage that, or check out Google’s strategies!
So what is Pinterest?
According to CrunchBase: Pinterest is a social catalog service. Think of it as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can post collections of things you love, and “follow” collections created by people with great taste.
This equates to essentially creating virtual collections of what inspires, excites and holds value for you. Then you get to share this with the world!
How do you use it?
There are three basic functions: repin, comment and like. These are for others’ collections of course; and you’re expected to pin up your own collection for others to reciprocate. Why is this useful? Well, it creates a visual base for what Twitter calls “lists”, and allows you to generate inspiration from those around you – much better than the requirement of being Facebook friends.
When will it be available for use?
We’re still in Beta, so you need invites to join right now. But believe me, this is going to be big. And to start you drooling, go check it out here. I can’t give you an exact date as to when I think it’ll be available for the general public, but what the co-founders are doing right now is figuring out the correct algorithms to use on the site, generated by their (already over 1.5 million) users.
Get involved, people.