Pinterest is pinteresting and then some.
By now I am sure you have heard about the uberly popular (yes, uberly, because that is the most extreme word I can think of) new social media site called Pinterest. If not, it’s time to throw away that old heavy bulletin board, log onto Pinterest.com and start pinning things in the virtual world. But I must warn you: you may just get sucked in.
In a very short time, the popularity of this vision-styled photo sharing website has skyrocketed. In fact, Pinterest has just reached 11.7 million unique monthly U.S. visitors, and are noted as having “crossed the 10 million mark faster than any other standalone site in history.” Just to be sure you grasp the magnitude of statement “in history” – it means Pinterest has grown faster than Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and even that ugly stepsister we all call Google+. And you know you are a big deal when not one but SEVEN sites try to copy your style. Pinterest, I give you props for being a trendsetter.
One thing that truly makes Pinterest stand out is that it is the first social site to really transcend the early adopter’s category and reach a less tech-savvy female audience (the male audience seems to be slower to get on the Pinterest bandwagon, but that’s a whole other blog post.) Pinterest is being widely embraced by crafters, homemakers, chefs, fashionistas, tech-geeks and so many more. From wedding planning and home improvement projects to creative ideas for school lunches, people already use Pinterest in various different ways and those uses and motivators will only continue to evolve further as time goes by.
For those in the know about Pinterest, what one word would you use to describe it? I took this very question to the social media streets to find out how people would capture the essence of this very Pinteresting site.
Here are a few of the responses I received, in no specific order:
Sales – revenue is always on someone’s mind.
Pinteresting – soon to be added to the English dictionary next to “retweet.”
Gestalt – an instance or example of such a unified whole. Man, this is deep.
Inspiration –to see this in action check out #pinstoprojects on Twitter.
Creativity – people are now playing with glue sticks and crayons much more often.
Addictive – once you start pinning, you just can’t stop.
Motivational – put your money where your pin is.
Barbie for Grownups – ok I know this is more than one word, but it was such a great description.
Beautiful – pick up your chin, and stop drooling.
Amazeballs – not quite sure what this means, but I like it.
Genius – the moment you wish you had a rewind button so you could go back and do it yourself.
Colorful – even Pee Wee Herman would agree with this description.
There are so many more words that could be added to this list. So drop us your two cents, I would love to know how you would describe Pinterest in one word!