Friday, May 18, 2012

Pinterest for Dummies {Review and Giveaway}

I am a very visual person. I love pictures, art, photography. I am one of those people that would hold on to magazines forever in case I needed an idea or recipe. I had an entire collection of Martha Stewart Weddings that I kept and I would loan out to friends getting married for over seven years!

But, magazines and clippings take up a lot of space, and I’m trying to loose 500 pounds and live a more streamlined life. So last year when friends started tweeting links to something called Pinterest I fell head over heels in love, I mean, really in love, 53 boards and over two thousand pins love:

I love Pinterest something fierce. I have even started going through old saved posts in my reader and in my bookmarks folders and re-saving them as pins. Many times if I am looking for something crafty, DIY, or a recipe I go to Pinterest before Google. So when the opportunity arrived to preview Kelby Carr’s new Pinterest for Dummies Book I was excited.

My husband is a techie and has used and read many of the dummy books. I have honestly only ever looked at one when at the last minute I decided to take the GRE. We were both really interested in how a technical (printed) book on a new and evolving social media site could be relevant.

Now I consider myself a pretty advance Pinterest user. I have been using Pinterest long enough that I knew most of the technical stuff in the book. If however you have never even logged on to Pinterest and are a bit intimidated? This is the book for you. Carr gives simple and easy to understand instructions on getting started and setting up your Pinterest account with step by step instructions and lots of visuals.

For more advance users she has technical tidbbits scattered throughout and helpful advice on how to take your pinning to the next level and drive traffic to your site and gain followers.

Now for the question of how relevant a printed book can be on a new and emerging technology? Well I was pretty impressed. I only found two instances where it was clearly already out dated. Integrating it with Facebook, since Facebook now has a Pinterest ap that shares your pins on your timeline and in regards to spam.  Sadly, as with all new technologies, the spammers have found Pinterest and are using it so it’s important to look at the site that the pin says it’s from before clicking over to it (or re-pinning it!).

The most useful chapters were the ones on copyright and etiquette, it really should be required reading for all users. There has been lots of fear about copyright infringement with Pinterest and the book gives real simple guidelines on how to make sure you are pinning respectfully of the artist who created the content. I could do a whole post on this topic alone!

The book closes out with a listing of companies that are using Pinterest well and power users. Which was a fun way to find some new boards to follow!

Want a book of your own? I have one copy of the book to give away, and I'm keeping it simple, answer the following question in a comment:

  • What do you use (or want to use) Pinterest for?

Good luck and Happy Pinning!

The Sticky: Giveaway open to residents of US and Canada 18 and over. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Entry is in the form on one comment and commentor must have a linked email address visible or include it in the comment. Giveaway will close on Friday May 25 and the winner will be chosen using Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email and claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen. 

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for review purposes only. No other compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own. 


jdkampa said...

I've never used Pinterest, but see a lot of posts about it on facebook. I'd like to try it out to get some kids craft ideas and recipes.

Whitney Smith said...

I need this book!!! I'm so overwhelmed by Pinterest. But I'd love to eventually use it to find/pin new recipes, crafts and also use it to help advertise my sewing/online store.

Beth Zimmerman said...

Organizational inspiration and writing inspiration mostly. I really haven't used Pinterest much YET. Maybe a dummies book would help! :)