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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

Recently, I was invited to join Pinterest.

If you asked "What's Pinterest?", you're not alone.

Pinterest is one of the most recent internet start-ups, but it's taken-off with a vengeance.

So, I made my way over to Pinterest to see what the hub-bub was about bub.  I looked around a bit, and couldn't quite figure it out.  So I migrated away and went back to the business at hand.  (yes, backyard monsters was calling me)...

You may still be wonderin just what is Pinterest?  they claim to be a social networking site, kinda set up as a scrapbooking bulletin boardy format.  It's designed for you to re-"pin" items that you've found on other people's Pinterest sites that you've found interest.  Or to upload and pin original content for display.  I still don't get it.

Later in the day, the subject of Pinterest came up.  A female colleague of mine was droning on and on about it... and I told her I'd just been invited to join... but I didn't get it.  She was aghast.  She told me that it was by invitation only, and that I should take a second look.

There are lots of pretty pictures, lots of recipes, pithy sayings... ohmigod, my brain went totally numb just looking around.  Someone.  But I keep getting e-mails telling me that lots and lots of people are following my "pinings"... (I hadn't even pinned anything yet)... so I've gone and repinned a few things of interest... and now I have more followers.

This strikes me a little Twitter-esque.  I don't really get twitter, either... and yet twitter has been a huge success... so watch for Pinterest to boom.  I wasn't the least bit surprised to learn that 97% of their membership is women.... but I was surprised to find that they only have 16 employees.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 1710 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
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Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
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Surprise Arizona Realtor Jim Braun Sun City Grand Active Adult Communities
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Jim Braun Sun City Grand Az - Surprise, AZ
Surprise AZ real estate Phoenix West Valley

Oh Alan now another thing to figure out. They just keep coming at us.

Feb 15, 2012 11:25 PM #17
Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

apparently it's now the fast growing website out there. i'm on it. like you, wasn't amused at first. now that i've figured out my way around it's more fun. i just have to be careful because it can completely suck you in. but that just might be cause i'm a female and i enjoy fashion and frilly things. don't really see you as a "jeggings" kinda guy alan : )

Feb 16, 2012 03:29 AM #18
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Screw real estate. The money these days is in developing social media outlets.

Feb 16, 2012 04:04 AM #19
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Brian - "Sinterest"... hmm... a new start-up?

Jennifer - that's just what it looks like.. a giant "time suck".

Mimi - some very interesting observations on your part... so... where is this young lady and her luggage?

Cathy - "buyers, buyers, buyers"... sign me up for THAT website.

Christine - it will eat your time.

Joy - I'll check it out.

Peggy - I don't think it's designed for business use.

Brian - now that IS impressive!

Jon - I think it is considered a social network.

Mimi - Brian's comments are androgynous.

Tom - maybe all 16 ARE women?

Jim - and it ain't about to stop.

Margie - no... no jeggings for this guy... the little hairs stick out through the fabric.

Doug - there's lots of money in social media ... if only I could figure out how to harness it.

Feb 16, 2012 05:29 AM #20
Mimi Foster
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Androgynous, indeed.  And the 'eye of the beholder' comment was in reference to the girl on my Facebook wall with all of the luggage waiting in the forest . . . or doing something in the forest :)

Feb 16, 2012 09:50 AM #21
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Mimi - yeah... I knew that.. I was just tweakin' your pinterest.

Feb 16, 2012 10:31 AM #22
Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

I have a hard time with AR.  How does everyone do all these sites and still get any work done?

Feb 16, 2012 11:53 AM #23
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Vern - that's an excellent question.

Feb 16, 2012 01:12 PM #24
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

uugghh, I haven't even joined Google+ yet, Alan.

Feb 16, 2012 11:59 PM #25
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Today is the day that I had planned to accept my Pinterest invite. But, I think I need to go to Social Media University first so that I understand how to use this best.

Feb 17, 2012 01:56 AM #26
Elizabeth Straessle, MRP
All American Home Source Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
~Military Spouse~

There is just one thing after another to keep up with. I am trying to use pinterest but still don't really get it. It is really time consuming and gets you sucked in and then you've wasted a ton of time pinning pictures. There are some good ideas for crafts, recipes and such and inspirational quotes.

One way you could maybe use it for real estate is by posting pictures of your listings.

Feb 17, 2012 03:44 AM #28
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I hear you loud and clear Alan..My daughter uses it and suddenly all these fantastic recipes were showing up on her Facebook page...I checked it out and played around with the recipes which were wonderful..but beyond that .I don't understand it either ..  I have followers.Let's follow each other


Feb 17, 2012 04:14 AM #29
Gina Nugent
Donohue RE - Palm Beach, FL
Real Estate Agent - Palm Beach, FL

Honestly, I am tired of all those invitations to those "social sites"....I stick with just a few and disregard the new ones...everything else is over-kill to me.....

Feb 17, 2012 06:03 AM #30
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

I just joined but can't say that I get it, just yet.

Feb 17, 2012 07:32 AM #31
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Chris - well, get on the stick!

Melissa - let us know what you find out.

David - no question about it.

Elizabeth - but I think you would find people avoiding your site, if you did that.  You need to provide things of interest... and I don't think people would be "P"interested in viewing an ad.

Hannah - I know... I have followers, too.

Gina - it's all overkill.  And yet, you have to keep up.

Kathy - I don't get it, yet, either... but I will.

Feb 17, 2012 11:48 PM #32
Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

So this is a post about Alan opining on people pining for his pinnings?


Feb 18, 2012 03:16 AM #33
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

I wish AR had a way to Like people's comments!  Tim's comment (above) is hysterical!  As for Pinterest, I'm still lurking but I can see it has potential.

Feb 18, 2012 07:53 AM #34
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Tim - precisely.

Dianne - i think you just figured out a way.

Feb 18, 2012 10:44 PM #35
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

So is that where "I don't get it" came from?  I bet you'll be starting a board for Leo and real estate.

Feb 19, 2012 07:35 AM #36
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Lee & Carol - ooh... a "leo" page....

Feb 20, 2012 07:40 AM #37
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