If you want to jump on board with the latest social media craze, joining Pinterest is the way to go. It is a virtual “pinboard” where people can post pictures of the things that they love (from websites, other “pinners,” or personal files) and share it with their friends. People on Pinterest often claim to have “pinsomnia,” due to staying up all night browsing through images, thereby gaining valuable “pinspiration.”
If you have a Facebook or a Twitter profile, you are set to go with Pinterest already. The two accounts will be linked, though you do have the option to remove Pinterest updates from your corresponding social media page if you like.
Not only is this site entertaining for foodies, fashionistas, and those obsessed with crafting, it can also be great tool for books and book lovers as well.
When you first start an account, Pinterest recommends creating a board (a group of similar pins) titled “Books Worth Reading,” along with a few other general boards to get you started. This is a great way to organize books that you have read, books that you want to read, books that have awesome covers, or perhaps even images of some of the most awesome bookshelves in existence. It could also be a great way to communicate with your book club by providing information or images to accompany the current book or to make suggestions for a future read. The links that are attached to the pictures are a quick and easy way to go straight to the original source for more information.
Hawthorne has joined the fun, so please head over to our Pinterest page to view boards on our current releases, Hawthorne in the media, and to see what all of our authors are up to.
Here are a few boards to get you started: (You can browse the site without an account, but if the desire to repin those images or save them for later hits, you will have to make an account for yourself.)
- An image that has been pulled from the Internet or your personal. It appears as a thumbnail in your boards until you click on it, and has the original link embedded in the image.
- When you see a pin, you can click repin to post it to your own board. The majority of pins on Pinterest are actually repins from other users.
- A place where you can organize your pins. You can create boards with topics such as, “Best Fiction I Read This Year,” or “What I Ate for Dinner Last Night.” The possibilities are endless.
- Pin Etiquette
- According to the Pinterest site, you must: be respectful, be authentic, credit your sources, and report objectionable content.
- Like following friends on Facebook, you can follow people whose pins you like. When you follow someone, their new pins will show up on your homepage, and if they have followed you, yours will appear on theirs.