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


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

By Rob Lammle


December 26, 2011


3.      Museums and Pinterest: An Introduction

By Jenni Fuchs

Museum Diary Blog

February 6, 2012


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


5.      Pinterest on Wikipedia


6.      Five Ways Brands Can Leverage Pinterest Now

By Reggie Bradford

February 12, 2012


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


8.      The Marketer’s Guide to Pinterest

By Neil Patel

Quick Sprout


9.      Pinterest for Cultural Heritage

By Melissa Mannon

Archives Info

February 6, 2012


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

By Stephanie Buck


January 8, 2012


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

By John Constantine

February 7, 2012


12.  11 Must-Follow Nonprofits on Pinterest

By Heather Mansfield

Nonprofit Tech 2.0: Social Media for Nonprofits

Feburary 13, 2012


13.  Pinterest and Museums

By Courtney Johnston

Best of 3

February 7, 2012


14.  Pinterest: About


15.  Pinterest and Libraries

By AnnaLaura Brown

Social Networking Librarian

December 10, 2011


16.  7 Ways Journalists Can Use Pinterest

By International Journalists Network


January 17, 2012


17.  Steal These 42 Creative Pinterest Ideas for Nonprofits

By Avi Kaplan

Frogloop: Care2’s Nonprofit Marketing Blog

January 13, 2012


18.  How to Use Pinterest for Tourism Marketing

By Isaac Mizrachi

E-Tourism is Here

January 18, 2012


19.  Pinterest Experiment

By Melissa Mannon

Archives Info

February 9, 2012


20.  Pinterest Users to Follow Blog


21.  A-muse-ing: Museums

Board by Kate Laurel Mac Intosh on Pinterest


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