Social Media Exchange
Written by C Bret Campbell | 10 February 2012 vol. 5
Pinterest Is A Hit!
Another exciting week in social media, folks! I’ve had some fun trying some new apps, sharing some pictures, and ignoring the politics. G+ has sort of been my hangout this week. I met a couple of really cool folks, one of whom is using social media to fund a great new app for musicians, which will be able to help thousands understand their craft.
The Facebook IPO has people in business and media scrambling to figure out just what to make of it, and every day a new piece of the puzzle becomes clear. One of the big announcements of the week was that the guys with the Big Blue F will be working with companies that help internet start-ups with seed money. As Reported in The Wall Streeet Jounal, “Facebook’s new fbStart program is open to early-stage business investment groups, also known as “seed funds” and business “accelerators,” that have social-media developers in their portfolios. Developers at companies supported by the fbStart partner firms will get an advanced look at new tools and features Facebook is creating for its site. In return, Facebook hopes that some of those start-ups could eventually build a business around its platform.”
Pinterest gets pinned to boards across the board.
OK, so that was a little thick… Talking with my partner, a couple weeks back, we were having one of our “have you checked out so-and-so” discussions, and agreed that picture “pinboard” site, Pinterest, was something to watch out for and showed a lot of potential. Well sure enough my inboxes were full of stories about Pinterest, this week, and I even got an invitation! Yep, it’s still in the invitational stage.
Pinterest is a rather young social site concentrating on images. People share things they like, stuff from life, favorite products, pictures and videos from blogs, you get the point. It has a simple design and layout that is easy on the eyes, and quite engaging. Each time I have visited the site, I have stayed longer than I meant to.
This one really is going to be a big hit, folks! I highly advise giving it a good look, especially if you are into architecture or nature.
Let me know what you think of Pinterest with your comments.
So, Bret, what’s your Social Media Tip this week?
Well, here’s one that came back and caught me by surprise, a few months after the first time I stumbled on it. Yep, I had forgotten all about the extra message box on Facebook, called “Other”.
originally published in The Saturday Independent by C Bret Campbell.