Pinterest makes the scene and inevitably I’m kicking the tires on yet another social media tool. Drawn like a douchy moth to the online hipster flame. Like I don’t have enough internet rubbish to manage.
I’d just gotten Twitter to a manageable level. Lists saved my ass from reading every inane, platitude spewing, gosh shucks, can-do dweeb, peddling empowerment and self actualization between transparent pitches. I should be grateful it hasn’t descended to the miasma of cynicism and vitriol that typifies any YouTube comment stream. How can you not cheer for optimists armed with nice teeth and positive social attitudes? Besides I’m just as guilty, and perhaps even worse, fall under the “Hey! There’s weather outside!” school of asinine ramblings. I’ve just got a bigger thesaurus.
Facebook stalks in the background. It keeps the extended family up to date and has rekindled old friendships. Sure it’s filled with all kinds of puerile, petty dramas and dirty laundry aired for all to see but how else am I going to get all those birthdays straight from people I have only a cursory relationship to?
There’s little crossover between the two and I like that. Twitter gets my non sequiturs and Facebooks gets pics of my kid. The blog is just old school ramblings that no one reads, my Tumblr is off doing God knows what off in the boonies and Google+ languishes in the corner.
And now Pinterest. Interesting in that this hot new internet flavour appeals to the Facebook crowd more than the Twitter early adopters. Maybe it’s the aspirational element that Pinterest and Facebook share. Snippets of dream decor, vacation paradises and pithy quotes. Broad strokes here but moms love it. It’s internet scrapbooking. Great resource for recipes, cleaning tips and crafts but not sure if I see any value in scouring the webs for kick ass kitchen designs I’ll never be able to afford. Maybe I just don’t get it yet. Regardless, like a new year’s gym membership, I’ve signed up and am eager to play along. We’ll see how long this lasts…