It seems that there's a new social networking platform popping up every day and it certainly takes something special to make me become obsessed with anything other than the usual Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr triangle. Luckily the virtual pinboard that is Pinterest has come back into my life at a time when everything seems to be quite chaotic and hard to keep up with. I joined a while ago but was never quite sure how to use it and felt a bit overwhelmed having so many things to 'update' in my life. Recently, I've started using the site again to keep the things I like in a clearer layout, like a visual version of my numerous internet favourites. Images can be sorted into various boards and displayed for all to see and 'repin' when necessary.
My Pinterest account
I've found a few of the images I've been 'pinning' recently, with all of the original sources shown underneath. In the few weeks I've spent rediscovering the site, I've found it a useful way of collecting bits and bobs I find on the web and it led me to thinking about the theory behind my graduate collection (the idea of storing items from multiple sources in one place). Although you can't customise the layout, it actually makes the images stand out more as everything just looks so uniform. I've also found it intriguing to see what boards other people choose to create with topics covering not just with fashion, but food and art as well reflecting a greater sense of self. I feel that some things we end up creating on the interest are purely for other people but Pinterest can be something I create for myself, which has no limits or boundaries.
Butterflies by She Loves Mixtapes
Fairisle designs by Hilary Grant
Have you succumbed to Pinterest yet? I must admit it can be hard to keep track and update everything I've joined online (hello Google+) but I really like the organised nature of the network. Sometimes Tumblr can seem slightly overwhelming with all the closely cropped pictures that have thousands of notes and I'm sure I can end up missing a lot of decent imagery amongst everything. I'm sure I'll keep using both sites to keep track of all of everything I find, but I can't wait until I really start filling my boards with images that relate to each other in some sort of way. I feel as if I want to get back to basics and start making real pinboards again!
I believe the site is still invite only, so add your e-mail address in the comments if you need me to help you out! Also send me links to your accounts if you have them!