Can I just be brutally honest? Pinterest is almost as dumb as Facebook. (Though not quite as dumb as Twitter.) I am only interested in maybe 1% of anything that anyone else is pinning. Of course I’m not talking about YOU. Everything you post is fascinating. But those of you who pin pictures of other women’s abs, stop that! I know you’re trying to inspire yourself to eat right and exercise, but I’ll just tell you right now, photoshopped skinny/bony/musclebound images are not going to help. It’s also not going to help when your next pin is a recipe with “cake batter” in the title. (That’s cake batter flavor, not actually cake batter to make a cake, in case you’re not up on the trend.)
I can’t figure out, in an era when everyone is “just so busy” (don’t you hear people saying that constantly?) how all of these people have time to create all of these pinboards. And don’t tell me that it’s just helping you organize your ideas and links, because web browsers have had bookmarks for years. No, this is a new category of time wasting. It might be fun, but it’s still mostly a guilty pleasure, not a new efficiency.
Oh, I’ll use the silly thing. It’s great for when I’m procrastinating and I’ve already checked Facebook. And I’m working on my own little (informal) rules for pinning, because just pinning everything that’s somewhat interesting willy nilly doesn’t seem useful, and I don’t really need more dessert recipes!
Pinning things is fun, though. I get it. And PLEASE tell me if you’re following someone who is particularly clever, because as I suspect is true with Twitter, that’s kind of the name of the game. Does anyone know if someone will get a notification if I “un-follow” them? Because I’m not a mean girl, but some of these people are already starting to bug.
PS The image is from Facebook. I tried, unsuccessfully, to find a source for the meme, but I do know that it was based on this blog, which is very funny but contains profanity.