I can see using Pinterest for searching on topics – especially high level – to find a few good sites that someone has “curated”. It is a scrapbook / bookmark kind of site – and that is its advantage.
Pinterest Evolving Into A Personalized Search Substitute, by Greg Sterling, Search Engine Land (Nov 10)
Much more than a “scrap-booking” site (its origins) or even a product discovery or shopping site, Pinterest sees itself now as a kind of personalized search site that can blend search and discovery in new and compelling ways.
Pinterest users in the United States can be guided by Pinterest to special interests within a category – such as Outdoors page might suggest Hiking. I don’t see this in Toronto – not rolled out yet.
Pinterest Makes It Easier to Find What Just What You’re Looking For, by Kurt Wagner, Make Use Of (Mashable)
Pinterest already offered a categories tabs where users could search for pins by more general groupings, but now, those categories include more specific interests that users can subscribe to. For example, you can follow interests like hiking, camping or running under the broader “outdoors” category. Following an interest means those pins will now appear in your feed, saving you the hassle of searching for them.
Pinners at Pinterest don’t just do food and fashions. “There are now more than one billion travel Pins on Pinterest, more than 300 unique countries and territories are represented in the system, and more than four million Place Boards have been created by Pinners.” Pinterest has added a search that will help us to quickly find those places.
Introducing a faster place search, Pinterest blog (Jun 13)
It starts with the all-purpose search box – enter the place name (Bruce Peninsula in the screenshot below). Pinterest can help you identify the country if needed. You may also search on a site in that place – such as city hall san francisco. Adjust the search options so that you are looking at 1) Boards, and 2) Place Boards. Voila – the boards will give you the grand tour.
Place Boards at Pinterest about the Bruce Peninsula (in Ontario)
No questions – Pinterest is popular. Over 30 billion pins – talk about bookmarks! There are more than 750 million boards (topics). Traffic comes from mobile. But what is the rate of decay? Or maybe it doesn’t matter – maybe people are following and pinning for the present moment only.
Pinterest doubles total number of pins in the past six months, now over 30 billion, Shawn Knight, TechSpot.
Can explore your interests more easily at Pinterest with the new Interests tool. Makes discovery search at Pinterest much easier.
Pinterest launches Interests, a tool to let users explore topics and find pins they like, The Next Web (Jan 27)
Nice piece by Joel Lee at Make Use Of on 5 Surprising Uses For Pinterest You Haven’t Thought Of Before (Jan 25) – doesn’t have to be just recipes or articles on a topic. Can be project based – sharing, progress tracking – or maybe a fundraiser.
Shoppers must love Pinterest, and Nordstrom, the clothing retailer in the US, loves Pinterest because what people pin from the Nordstrom website is an indicator of demand.
Nordstrom’s Shelves, Now Stocked by Pinterest, BusinessWeek (July 2)
Plenty of companies have turned Pinterest into a de facto catalogue as a way to drive online sales. Nordstrom (JWN) is going in the other direction: stretching the image-based social network into its brick-and-mortar stores.
Can we remember a time when we didn’t have Facebook updates, LinkedIn groups, and the day recapped in tweets – oh – and Pinterest? Social media has a firm hold in personal life, business and government. This infographic tells the story for 2012 – a story that includes the rise of Pinterest, the competition between Google+ and Facebook (who is winning?), usage in hours, numbers of people, and stock prices.
The State of Social Media 2012 by The SEO Company