Stop Talking, Keep Pinning
I’m sick to death of everyone having finally noticed Pinterest and nonstop – as Jane said – posting about it on Facebook, or writing articlesÂ about how to monetize it. They’re making an easy thing hard and a fun thing boring.
Pinterest has a simple premise and a simple reason for its success.
- The premise: it lets you shareÂ the inspiration clippings you keep obsessively (if you’re like me).
- The success: it removes ego from social networking. You’re not talking about yourself on Pinterest. You’re talking about all of the beautiful, fascinating, funny things that interest you.
Pinterest tests your ability as a curator. If you’ve got nothing but self-promotion, you will flop. If you care about sharing what excites you with other people, you will be brilliant.
Here are a couple of brands who are using it well: Etsy,Â Ignite Health, Whole Foods, and, my hands-down favorite,Â GE. Who’d’ve pegged GE to have a “Badass Machines” pinboard? They truly get it.
And now that we all get it too, can we go back toÂ usingÂ it instead ofÂ talkingÂ about it?