Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Real men use Pinterest (aka The Economics of Pinterest)
I first heard of Pinterest through a co-worker who got my wife hooked on it. It's a social network that is for sharing ideas and "likes" via the power of visual image (here's a good example). The way it works is you surf the web and see something you like on a site-- could be a recipe or a photograph, any image. You click "Pin This" on the button you've installed on your browser, and it gets added to your Pinterest feed, under a category that you choose. Others who follow you or are searching for things in the same category can see it, and then re-pin it... like RT'ing a tweet on Twitter. A visual idea spreads like wildfire. Visiting the site you'll find it's 99% used by women.
But here is my Pinterest profile, you'll find I found another perfect use for it. It's like social bookmarking through Delicious, except for images. Since I collect an awful lot of graphs and charts for class every day, I now have a way to store them and see them all on one screen. No need to sort through a textual description of it via Delicious. Every economist should use Pinterest.
Note, this post isn't really about the economics of pinterest, I just titled it that to shamelessly get search hits.