Pinterest is the next big thing, right? Look out, Facebook. Get over yourself, Twitter. You’re so 2011, Tumblr. That’s the noise echoing through social media. It’s so loud it reached the editor of one of my freelance clients, who asked me to write an article about how Pinterest is causing both excitement and concern among artists.
The Artist’s Road is driven by conversation, so I’d like to engage you directly today on the topic of Pinterest. Do you use it? Have you considered using it? Have you never heard of it? (If you said “yes” to the last question, have no fear. I’m less hip than you. I discover all of my bands through Saturday Night Live, which is produced by a spry 67-year-old hep cat, Lorne Michaels.)
Here are some questions to start the conversation. Let’s all learn from each other in the comments section:
- What attracted you to Pinterest?
- How long have you been using it?
- What is it you like best about it?
- Are you finding it supplanting your other social media use, or are you simply engaged in social media even more now?
- If you had to give up one social media service, would you sacrifice another one rather than Pinterest?
- Do you use Pinterest more for promotion, information-gathering, or connecting with others?
- Have you given any thought to the copyright concerns surrounding pinning others’ visual art?
- Do you make an effort to ensure your pins track to the original source of the image?
- How could your Pinterest experience be more rewarding?
- Would you recommend Pinterest to others?
- How does Pinterest work for writers?
I’ll confess that I’m handing the work off to you, my readers, this week because it’s spring break this week in the Ross household. The kids are off from school, the wife has taken a few days off work, and we’re staycationing. I’m also struggling to wrap my head around the fact that my daughter just turned seventeen, which means that, like Lorne Michaels, I am now old.
Let the Pinterest discussion begin!