When I first heard about Pinterest, it really surprised the daylights out of me that I hadn’t heard of the site long before. I had seen some postings on Facebook, where friends had “pinned” different ideas for all sorts of things, but I never really clicked over and used the site. It took a while, but I finally had to check out a really good recipe that someone posted for snacks that came from Pinterest. I was amazed at all of the great food ideas that I found there, and then I started looking at the other areas of the site too. I have to tell you, I was blown away by what all I found – and that was just in the first few minutes.
It wasn’t long and I had spent an hour on Pinterest and I realized that I was really out of the loop by not having heard of the site before. I figured it had probably just been around for awhile and they were just starting to get popular, which is why I hadn’t heard of it. Actually, the site hasn’t been around very long at all, so the fact that it has millions of users all around the world was just amazing to me. Although, it made me feel a little better that I hadn’t used it yet.
So What Is Pinterest?
Did you know that Pinterest has only been around publicly since 2010? In only a couple short years, the site went from a couple thousand users to millions all over the world. I would say that is pretty darn good for a new social networking site. I also found out that Pinterest is listed as one of the “fastest growing social services in the world.” This, I can totally understand as the more time I spend on it and the more posts I share on other social media sites, the more friends join Pinterest. I have seen hundreds of my Facebook followers jump on Pinterest after reading some of the posts I’ve shared about all kinds of different things.
When Did It Start?
Of course, I am the type of person that has to find out a bit more about the sites I fall in love with, so Pinterest was no different. And, since I don’t get time to sit and read a bunch of magazines or newspapers, I had to search out some information on how Pinterest got started. On top of only being around a couple of years, the site was listed as one of the “50 Best Websites of 2011” in Time Magazine for 2011. That is pretty cool, I mean how many other social media sites out there come and go and never make it on that list? I’m sure there are more than anyone realizes.
Since the start of the site, Pinterest has garnered one of the top spots on the 10 largest social network services today. They also have over 11 million unique users, just in the two short years that it’s been up and running, which is a great bragging right for it’s founders, Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp, and Paul Sciarra. They took an idea and a small website ran in their homes to a massive, multi-million user social site in just a couple of years.
Can I Find Phone Apps For Pinterest?
The iPhone and Android apps for Pinterest are also something extremely cool to use and just make the site even more fun. The apps came out for non-iPhone users in September 2011 and for iPhone and iPad users in March 2011. I have the app on my Android phone, and I find that I’m constantly finding cool stuff while I’m out and about to snap pictures of and share or using the app as a great way to pass the time at the doctor’s or dentist’s office.
One of the things that I love the most about Pinterest is that I can easily search around and find some fun ideas to try out at home. These ideas come in all different categories, from cool flower planters to fun art projects, yummy snack ideas to craft plans to make cool gifts for teachers. My kids also love some of the ideas that they find, and we have tried out our fare share of do-it-yourself fun at the house.
For those of you out there that haven’t used Pinterest yet, or who may have joined but not really checked out the social site yet – I have to tell you that you’re really missing out. You can find so much on Pinterest that you may have never thought of before, and you will also find millions of other people out there who share the same hobbies, passions, and sense of humor that you do. Don’t miss out on this new social site, once you join, you’ll be sorry you waited so long.
Mandi Weems has been a freelancer for over 14 years and lives in central Oklahoma with her family. From keeping four kids occupied when they can’t play outside to making fun foods for parties, there is plenty of hobbies that she enjoys doing no matter what time of year it is. On top of Pinterest, she finds some excellent ideas on www.theartfulcrafter.com.