While I like to pretend that I use the Internet exclusively for professional information consumption, realistically, most of my information consumption happens for recreational purposes. Sometime last winter, I began using what was then a rapidly-growing interface: Pinterest. The program’s about page advertises Pinterest as a “tool for collecting and organizing things you love.” Collecting and organizing? A librarian’s dream! Thus, it’s unsurprising that libraries have thrown lots of support behind Pinterest for sharing ideas and marketing their libraries.
In January, however, I found a post over at The Graphics Fairy about organizing DIY and craft boards on Pinterest so that you can find things and I realized just how disorganized a lot of pins are, especially when you consider some people having hundreds of pins – myself included. That same post suggested how to clean up pins by verifying content (clicking through the link), checking for spam, effective labeling, sourcing images, and partitioning content.
Pinterest started making cleaning up your boards easier in late March, however. The company launched a more intuitive user interface (UI) that is quite simply amazing. There is a great summary of the changes to Pinterest over on Mashable in infographic form that is great if you’re new to the platform.
Aside from some basic aesthetic changes and enhanced settings, Pinterest has changed rules for descriptors and has modified analytics. My favorite change, however, is that the “Adding Pins” process has been modified to search within Pinterest. When you attempt to add a new pin from a website, Pinterest automatically searches for the link in its system to try to eliminate duplicate new pins of the same sources. I think that this is especially awesome because it helps to cut down the possibility of spam circulating and ensures well-curated material.
For a look at a well-curated board, I highly recommend checking out my good friend Michelle’s account here. Additionally, if you’re interested in checking out professional ideas that I personally find helpful, feel free to explore my “Professional – Advice” board as well as my “Professional – Resources” board. Happy pinning!