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Internet Wonderland For Quilters - Pinterest
Every picture tells a story. Pinterest is a tale told by pictures. It's an online scrap book for all kinds of people's photos, ideas, projects and images. It runs from visually stunning to homey to mind blowing, one image at a time. People build boards on themes that interest them. It can be virtually on any idea. Those boards are visible to other Pinterest users who can pin those images or other images they find on the web on to their boards.
It's a fascinating collection. And it's where to catch someone's eye. Each time you post a new pin, it ends up on the image stream of Pinterest. Anyone looking can click on it, and come to your pinned image which has information about where that pin came from. They can click on that image to come to your site, your blog, or your page with more information about the wonderful picture they clicked on.
There are other photo sites. Instagram, Flickr, and Picassa all give places to sort and show photographs. But Pinterest is the best broad spectrum image site that allows room for art, projects, recipes, fashion, crafts, and everything in between.
How does this work for Guilds, Teachers, and Individual Quilters?
It's a fabulous place for ideas, projects, showing off achievements and group efforts.
For Store Keepers:
What a great way of showing off what you've got. And it's a great way to show class projects, and happenings.
It's a place to capture the public imagination showing how your products make new things possible, exciting and easy. Like Facebook, it drives traffic back to your blog, video or site. They see your picture, become intrigued and click through to learn more. The interface for users is seamless.
It's a lot of fun. It's also got some serious copyright issues. Your original pin will probably source where the pin came from. Three or for pins later, it may not. And some people do not want their images pinned for fear of copyright abuse. So check first. Ask people if they don't post their permission on their site. And check to see that the connecting data is correctly present.
Use Pinterest to visually strut your stuff and take them back to your site to learn more about what you have to offer.
Will you need help with Pinterest?
This site really couldn't be easier. You pin an image and it goes on a board. There's almost nothing technical to learn. If you feel quite challenged, ask a local kid. It is time consuming. If your time is limited, you may want someone designated to do your pinning and searching for pins.
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