I started following Pinterest a couple of months ago. At first I was hesitant because of the “invitation only” sign up. However, within a week I was officially accepted and started pinning. I first heard about it about six months ago, and I mistakenly thought it was simply a place for hobbyists and housewives to exchange recipes and craft ideas. Now granted there is a great deal of Do It Yourself ideas floating around Pinterest, but it is so much more. Sports, Entertainment, Humor, Movies . . . you name it, and you will find it on Pinterest. And unlike Twitter and Facebook, Pinterest is strictly visually and features strictly photographs, videos and pictures which is one of the reasons it is the fastest growing form of social media on the web.
Pinterest can literally turn one into a celebrity overnight. Remember the “Face Guy” Alabama basketball fan. Images of him flooded Pinterest especially in the form of “memes” or images, video, etc. that are passed electronically from one Internet user to another. Zeddie Little, aka “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy” also gained instant fame after his photo went viral on Pinterest. Little was a young man looking to break into PR in NYC but with little luck. Then a couple of weekends ago he participated in his hometown of Charleston, SC’s Cooper River Bridge Run. His photograph exploded on Pinterest and next thing you know he is on Good Morning America. I bet he will not have any more problems with jobs in Public Relations.
However, I recommend Pinterest mostly because it makes me laugh. Visual images are so much more hilarious than simply commentary. For example, I just did a search for “Hate Duke” and countless images sprang up that put a smile on my face. The funniest meme I encountered was a parody of the Dos Equis spokesman, “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” It features a picture of Coach K with head in hands and reads, “I don’t always lose in the NCAA Tournament, but when I do it’s to a 15 seed in my first game.” I also did a quick search for Tar Heel and found a photo of Snoop Dogg in a Raymond Felton jersey. Who knew? If you are looking for a new and interesting social media site where you don’t have to worry about friend requests, Farmville and pokes, Pinterest is the next big thing.
I know that it seems like every week there is a new, hip form of social media, and many of you may see Pinterest as simply a fad. However, I assure you it is here to stay. I have used other forms of social media like Tumblr and Four Square, but none possesses the staying power and popularity that I see in Pinterest. Chances are your mother, girlfriend or wife is already on it. So if you want to avoid ribbing from your boys for being on a “girl site” simply piggy back on the significant female in your life’s account. Make sure you follow Keeping It Heel and stay up to date not only on the latest articles and news but also the latest UNC photo to go viral. In the meantime to quote the latest UNC meme, “Attention All UNC Students: Please Turn to Paige 2012.” I’d love to show you the picture, but you’ll have to join Pinterest to find it.