What is it?
Not unlike social bookmarking, Pinterest is a tool that enables users to visually share and discover new interests online. They can use it to make a wish list, plan a trip, organize an event, or start a project or a collection. It is an entertaining and user-friendly microblog platform that lets users create boards—or a collection of pins—based on their interests. Each time they pin—or post—an image or a video, other pins related to that one pin will show up and fill up their boards bit by bit.
How does it work?
Pins are like little bookmarks, with which whenever users find something on the Web that they want to save for later, they can pin it for personal use or microblog it amongst their followers with a caption alongside. Relevant posts that keep on coming are only getting better one after another. Pinterest touches upon various users’ interests from baking recipes to event planning. Some Pins are highly informative, while others are fun to read. Pinterest serves as a knowledge base as much as a tutorial central where users could go to obtain updates on pharmacology, tons of drug monographs and diagrams or to learn professional photography with their new cameras.
Who is using it?
Pinterest announced in September 2015 that it had reached 100 million monthly active users. Designers and artists, specifically, are most frequent Pinterest users exchanging ideas and sharing projects that inspire them at or outside of work. Creative yet frugal DIY enthusiasts like to use Pinterest as well. In addition, lots of brides-to-be turn to Pinterest for help planning their weddings.
Why is it significant for college students?
It is a free online scrapbook where college students can borrow brilliant ideas from other users, save those ideas on their own boards and execute them whenever they want. It is highly customizable in that they may name each board as they see fit and even throw some emoticons in the name. They may also choose to make their boards private or public. College students may use Pinterest to explore ideas and discover what is new in their fields of interest, share among peers their discoveries and new knowledge, as well as extend the learning from one end to the other.
What are the downsides?
Keyword phrases are critical in that they determine how relevant the hits users get. Users have to be thorough and precise about what they want found and how to find it. It is sort of confusing at first to learn how to pin and what each button means. Also, anyone on Pinterest can follow a user without his or her permission, which may not be ideal for users who value having complete control over their accounts.
Where is it going?
It is definitely going places beyond arts and crafts or personal lifestyle. It should also expand its horizon and intrigue more inspiration in relation to science and technology. Users are encouraged to re-pin posts of different origins, like or comment on other users’ pins and share others’ pins on multiple websites, blogs or social media, connecting with likeminded people across the globe.
What are the implications for learning?
It is made for active, visual, and intuitive learners. Its vivid images never bore users in the slightest. Endless possibilities and relationships it projects, along with active discussions and applications, help users go far in their learning process. It also employs visualization and personalization strategies, engaging emotional connection on a different level.
This article was written by Mildred D. Li, a writer for dusk magazine.