I only just recently heard about Pinterest through Twitter and so, in the interests of exploration and self-edification, I opened up an account and began noodling around. The internet is awash with a unending and constant wave of Web 2.0 innovation and many of these sites, although interesting, just don’t have the right… ‘it’ factor or oomph to stick around or to capture the imagination of web users. Pinterest, from what I gather, has earned some rave reviews (“Pinterest, the new social media craze“) and is, I believe, gathering steam in terms of the number of users.
[Note: I have also stumbled upon Pinterest’s detractors, such as here: Pinterest: Change Your Terms or We’re Leaving.]
I found this interesting article at Edudemic
again via Twitter (Ah, Twitter…) and thought I would pass it along:
20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now
“Pinterest is taking the social media world by storm, and it isn’t just popular with individual users. Businesses, nonprofits, and even libraries are sharing ideas and information through the site as well, connecting with people from around the country and around the globe.
Whether you’re a librarian, student, teacher, or just an avowed bibliophile, Pinterest offers another great way to keep up with creative and cutting-edge ways libraries are engaging with their communities. Read on to learn about some of the many ways libraries are helping spread the word about the resources and services they offer, using this innovative new social media forum.
- Pinning book covers. Many librarians are capitalizing on the visual power of Pinterest to show off book covers, especially those from new books, special collections, and kid-friendly material. It can be a great way to attract readers to books they might not have otherwise checked out.
- Showcasing historic archives. Libraries often have much more than books in their archives. Take the San Francisco Public Library, for instance. They’re using Pinterest to show off amazing historic images of the city, from photos of old library branches to some unbelievable WWII images of the bay.”