After a week or so of use, here are some observations, tips and tricks I have:
- I didn't get the whole "invitation" thing at first. Apparently, it's starting out semi-exclusive similar to Facebook. You can request an invitation, but I'm not sure what happens next. I was invited by a Facebook friend. If you link it to your Facebook account you can follow and invite your Facebook friends.
- There aren't great instructions on how to use the web site (or at least I didn't read them). It's more learning by doing and exploring. That's how I did it. I'm sure I haven't discovered everything yet.
- Organize your boards for your own personal needs. Don't just use the pre-set titles.
- Be choosey about who and what you follow. Find people with similar interests. Don't feel like you have to follow all their boards, because it just clogs up your main board. Since I care very little about the topics, I have eliminated all boards relating to fashion and hairstyles. I am also on the verge of unfollowing some food boards, too. I'm interested in some of the main dish recipes, but the amazing desserts/treats are almost overwhelming. Don't get me wrong! I enjoy an indulgent, gorgeous looking concoction of sweetness just as much as the next person, but I've decided I've already seen enough recipes to last a lifetime (which will likely be somewhat shortened if I actually make and eat them all). Frankly, I don't have enough people/places to share the caloric love. So I might try a new one for fun once in awhile (I already have a huge stack in my recipe collection), but I'm probably mostly just going to stick to my tried-and-true favorites. [end of food rant]
- Add the "Pin it" button to your web browser tool bar. It's an easy way to pin stuff you personally find on the web and not just relying on repinning things someone else found.
- It's fascinating to watch the effects of a pin. You are notified who repins anything you've pinned. You can't see the exponential effects beyond that, but it's interesting to think about. I pinned the 52-week challenge, and it was repinned 6 times within 24 hours (I only know one of the repinners personally). Plus I saw it pinned at least 5 more times on my main board by other people from totally different sources. Just out of curiosity, I pinned the blog post of our monkey bathroom remodel. Although it has only been repinned twice, there were over 100 direct page views of that post within 24 hours. I usually average 5-10 direct page views of my posts (I'm guessing most people use a reader). A single blog post can almost instantly go viral. It's a great way to advertise and generate traffic!
- Don't feel like you have to scroll through everything to "catch up" every time. Although it's tempting, I've decided that if it's really that great, it will show up again (e.g. 52-week challenge).
Oh, and I'd love to hear your thoughts, too!