There are numerous online applications that will help you organize you household budget, create virtual to-do lists and downloadable cheat sheets for a software program that you’re learning to use. It would be nice if there were some way to track all these viable findings and always have a place to refer back to them. This little piece of heaven called PINTEREST, has created that source for you. The goal, as simple as it seems, is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. What you may not realize is that you’re constantly verbalizing this process with your coworkers, your family and friends.  The need to instantly share something that peaks your interest is not new, but storing all these amazing ideas is available through Pinterest.

In essence, Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web and also gives you the option to upload your own photos. Why can’t you just bookmark that site? You can indeed, however, how many times do you really remember to go back to it or even remember what you have bookmarked?  For the super-organized, this may not be a problem, but many of us just forget and therefore, need applications like Pinterest.

How it works

Filling out a form to sign up only requires your email address. There is one catch, though, submitting your email address puts you on a list to be sent an invite. Yes, you need to be invited to use Pinterest. This process may take a while or you can get someone who is already on Pinterest to send you an invite which will speed up the process. Once you’re invited you can access it by using your email address or your Facebook and Twitter logins.. The benefit there is that you can engage with people you already know and find new followers all in one place.

How do you PIN?

It’s actually very simple. You install a button on your bookmarks menu bar so that when you find something you like, you “Pin it”:

Creating Boards

Once you’re signed up, Pinterest generates a few boards to categorize your interests. Here is an example of some:

You can keep the titles, edit them and even create new boards. For instance, a crafty person may have a “DIY” board; an artist creates a “ Paintings” board and a “Garden” board for that greenthumb in the family. When you choose to “PIN” something from a webpage, you’ll see a selection of images from the entire webpage to pin. Of course, they can’t read your mind, so you have to tell them what you want to pin:

Next, you’ll be prompted to sign in and allocate which board you want to place your selected image:

The hidden beauty of this all is the ability to “Re-pin”. When you access your account, you’ll be prompted with a screen of all the people whose boards you are currently following. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. Much like the Newsfeed stream on Facebook, you can scroll through too see what people have recently pinned.  In this way, if there is something in the boards that has peaked your interest, you can click on the picture and “Re-pin” the same picture to one of your boards.

Like most social networks, you can choose to comment or “ like” other people’s selections. This allows for interaction within the site itself as the “like’s and comments are posted under the photo. I won’t lie, you are likely to get caught up in seeing what others have “pinned” instead of researching your own pins.  It is a form of flattery, if somebody re-pin’s what you’ve posted instead of feeling like they’re stealing your idea because that is not what Pinterest is about.

Pinterest is one of those applications that you have to play with it to see the actual benefits. They’ve added a few features of being able to embed the code for a “Follow me on Pinterest” button, to keep up with all the other forms of sharing content. The fact that you can connect with people all over the world based upon a mutual interest found on a virtual pinboard is exciting. To record what we see on a daily basis is imaginable, but Pinterest finds a way to ignite your photographic memory