Screen shot of Pinterest boardsAre you using Pinterest? I recently saw something about it in a job candidate’s application, and then I had a brief discussion about it with some students and faculty. And now I see that the Warhawk Social Media group will be talking about it at its meeting at 2pm this Friday, March 16th, in UC 261! Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting and learn more about it.

So, what is it? A virtual bulletin board for “pinning” up interesting things you find. The pins are images loaded from a web site (which links back to the site), or from your computer, and your description. You can share them with others, you can browse what others have pinned, and you can “repin,” “like” or comment on others’ pins. You can choose to follow someone if they seem to share your interests, and then you’ll be notified of their new pins. The site claims you can use it for inspiration…to discover new things, plan home decorations or weddings, save recipes, etc. You can choose to connect it with your Facebook account.

I’ve just started playing with it, and I also skimmed through the help (Pinning 101), which seemed pretty uncomplicated. I’ve mostly browsed the categories of existing boards, and I also tried out the search, e.g,. looking for a coworkers favorite boondock (for Boondock Saints).

Curious? Consider trying it out, and attending the campus session on Friday!

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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