Pinterest is a social network for creative types looking to organize their thoughts and inspiration.  Frequently compared to a pin-up or bulletin board, Pinterest has been called a ‘visual bookmarking tool.’  In simpler terms, Pinterest can fulfill the role of a scrapbook, inspiration book or sketchbook, recipe boxes, and/or clipping books, all in a simplistic, organized, visual, and digital format.  A user can create and curate their own boards, or with added permission, can create group boards around various topics of interest.

Why should museums care about Pinterest? It will definitely change the way some web-savvy individuals will expect to interact with information, images, and stories on the web.  It also opens another channel for conversation and inspiration from a museum’s community, the people who are inherently interested in what you are doing.  It additionally has endless potential as a crowdsourcing, or crowd curating, tool, and can be utilized in exhibition planning, with both staff and the public weighing in. 

All the possibilities of Pinterest’s are not yet realized, but the following 21 List provides resources on what Pinterest is, some of its most interesting and unique users, and interesting ways nonprofits and related industries are utilizing the new platform.


1.      If You’ve Never Heard of Pinterest, You’re a Big Dork

By Marshall Kirkpatrick

Read, Write, Web

September 16, 2011

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/if_youve_never_heard_of_pinterest_youre_a_big_dork.php

 

2.      Pinterest: A Beginner’s Guide to the Hot New Social Network

By Rob Lammle

Mashable

December 26, 2011

http://mashable.com/2011/12/26/pinterest-beginners-guide/

 

3.      Museums and Pinterest: An Introduction

By Jenni Fuchs

Museum Diary Blog

February 6, 2012

http://jennifuchs.tumblr.com/post/17173528064/museums-and-pinterest-an-introduction

 

4.      HOW TO: Get Your Nonprofit Started on Pinterest

By Heather Mansfield

Nonprofit Tech 2.0: A Social Media Guide for Nonprofits

January 16, 2012

http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/how-to-get-your-nonprofit-started-on-pinterest/

 

5.      Pinterest on Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinterest

 

6.      Five Ways Brands Can Leverage Pinterest Now

By Reggie Bradford

Techcrunch.com

February 12, 2012

http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/12/five-ways-brands-can-leverage-pinterest/

 

7.      5 Things You Could do with Pinterest, Your Institution’s New Best Friend

By Jasper Visser

The Museum of the Future: Innovation and Participation in Culture

February 9, 2012

http://themuseumofthefuture.com/2012/02/09/5-things-you-could-do-with-pinterest-your-institutions-new-best-friend/

 

8.      The Marketer’s Guide to Pinterest

By Neil Patel

Quick Sprout

http://www.quicksprout.com/2012/02/06/the-marketers-guide-to-pinterest/

 

9.      Pinterest for Cultural Heritage

By Melissa Mannon

Archives Info

February 6, 2012

http://archivesinfo.blogspot.com/2012/02/pinterest-for-cultural-heritage.html

 

10.  Pinterest: 13 Tips and Tricks for Cutting Edge Users

By Stephanie Buck

Mashable

January 8, 2012

http://mashable.com/2012/01/08/pinterest-13-tips-and-tricks-for-cutting-edge-users/

 

11.  Pinterest Hits 10 Million U.S. Monthly Uniques Faster Than Any Stanalone Site Ever- comScore

By John Constantine

Techcrunch.com

February 7, 2012

http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/07/pinterest-monthly-uniques/

 

12.  11 Must-Follow Nonprofits on Pinterest

By Heather Mansfield

Nonprofit Tech 2.0: Social Media for Nonprofits

Feburary 13, 2012

http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/11-must-follow-nonprofits-on-pinterest/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

 

13.  Pinterest and Museums

By Courtney Johnston

Best of 3

February 7, 2012

http://best-of-3.blogspot.com/2012/02/pinterest-and-museums.html

 

14.  Pinterest: About

http://pinterest.com/about/

 

15.  Pinterest and Libraries

By AnnaLaura Brown

Social Networking Librarian

December 10, 2011

http://socialnetworkinglibrarian.com/2011/12/10/pinterest-and-libraries/

 

16.  7 Ways Journalists Can Use Pinterest

By International Journalists Network

Mashable

January 17, 2012

http://mashable.com/2012/01/17/ways-journalists-can-use-pinterest/

 

17.  Steal These 42 Creative Pinterest Ideas for Nonprofits

By Avi Kaplan

Frogloop: Care2’s Nonprofit Marketing Blog

January 13, 2012 

http://www.frogloop.com/care2blog/2012/1/13/steal-these-42-creative-pinterest-ideas-for-nonprofits.html

 

18.  How to Use Pinterest for Tourism Marketing

By Isaac Mizrachi

E-Tourism is Here

January 18, 2012

http://www.etourismishere.com/2012/01/how-to-use-pinterest-for-tourism.html

 

19.  Pinterest Experiment

By Melissa Mannon

Archives Info

February 9, 2012

http://archivesinfo.blogspot.com/2012/02/pinterest-experiment.html

 

20.  Pinterest Users to Follow Blog

www.pinnerstofollow.com

 

21.  A-muse-ing: Museums

Board by Kate Laurel Mac Intosh on Pinterest

http://pinterest.com/katelaurel/a-muse-ing-museums/

 

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