Pinterest: My New Social Sharing Obsession

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Pinterest: My New Social Sharing Obsession


Lately, I have been spending an abnormal amount of time on my favorite new obsession, Pinterest.

Pinterest is essentially an information sharing site that categories your favorite things through pictures.  As they describe it, "a virtual pinboard."  

When you are on a website that you want to remember, you "Pin It" through a bookmarking tool, select a picture you want to represent the website, add a short description, and viola! It is saved in your "Pins" for you and others to see and follow back to the original website.


One thing that I've realized is that each person discovers their own passion on Pinterest.  Take me for example.  I have developed a love for cooking over the last few years.  I enjoy trying new recipes, but hate trying to find them or can't remember where I found them once I did.  With Pinterest, I can browse other people's food Pins.  When I find something that looks tasty, I "Re-Pin" it.  And when I'm ready to cook, I go back to my Pins, find it and it links me back to the original website with the recipe and all.

A good friend of mine is actually planning her wedding off of images she finds and Pins on Pinterest.  Some items she finds on various sites on the internet and Pins them herself, other images she finds by browsing other people's Pins.  She's picked her colors, determined her table settings and even found her wedding dress, all while using Pinterest.

Just today our own Debe Maxwell started following me on Pinterest.  She is using the site to share images of homes in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She has all of her images link back to her website that lists more details about each home. Each time that photo is Re-Pinned by someone, a backlink goes with it increasing it's exposure.  I think that Debe might be on to something here...


I'd recommend for everyone to check out Pinterest.  It took me a while to get into it, but now I love it.  Give it a shot and while you're at it, follow me on Pinterest!

Comments (10)

Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


I love the concept, but can only be at so many (actually 1) places at

Very Pinteresting,


Sep 20, 2011 05:49 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

You mean there is another site that wants me to be connected to it almost as many hours as AR?   There aren't that many hours in the day!    Happy Pinning.

Sep 20, 2011 07:33 AM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

I'm heading there right now to sign up! If it's good enough for you and Debe, then I NEED to be a part of it too!

Sep 20, 2011 11:37 AM
Kelly Anderson
ActiveRain - Bellevue, WA

Steve: There's always the newest, coolest thing out there.  But, you're right.  Sometimes it can become just too much!

Steven: Who woulda thunk, right?  I thought I wasn't getting much sleep before...

Craig: I see you have already taken my advice!  Thanks for the follow on Pinterest.  Excited to see how you use it (I have a feeling I'll begin to see your world-famous Photo Shop pictures flooding my boards :)

Sep 20, 2011 05:02 PM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

I'll bite and go check it out. Hadnt heard about it before now.

Sep 21, 2011 04:25 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD


Merry Christmas!

Your friends in Maryland, Roy and Dolores Kelley

Longwood Gardens IMG_2228

Photographs by Roy Kelley.  Canon PowerShot G11 camera.
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs


Dec 25, 2011 01:43 AM
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale - San Antonio, TX
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country

Hi Kelly I need some help !!



7 Palms Anguilla

Jul 06, 2012 04:20 PM
Kristi Knutson
Kirkland, WA
Blog Trainer ☂


I tried getting into Pinterest but then my account was hacked and I couldn't stop it - even after changing my password. :( Maybe I'll start up another account or try again! Thanks for 'sharing' ;)

Apr 25, 2013 09:57 AM
Kelly Anderson
ActiveRain - Bellevue, WA

Sorry to hear your Pinterest got hacked, Kristi! You should start Pinterest again, it's so fun!

Apr 26, 2013 03:31 AM
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

I have not gotten in to Pinterest yet. I guess everything can be hacked but it is one more thing than I can try to keep up to.


Thanks for all your hard work on Active Rain. It has been a great journey.

Dec 05, 2013 06:40 AM

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