Social Media, It Takes Time To Learn.

A friend recently asked on facebook for an invitation to Pinterest, which reminded me I have an account. I logged on for the first time in an age and invited said friend, who was very excited by it.
I had another look round, and it seems I am just not getting something. I find it very hard to use on an iPad (where I do most of my recreational web browsing), the app was clunky too and seems to indicate an expectation of specific “pinterest browsing” rather than just being able to pin interesting this one sees in the course of a day.

I did manage to get the “pin it” button into firefox, but it was quickly forgotten about.

My “social networking” in the most common modern sense started with facebook and was a late adopter as I was unsure about giving out that much detail about myself. I bit the bullet and had fun with it, I played a lot of the games in the early days of my account until I worked out quite how much of my attention they were sapping. I went through and deleted and blocked all the games. This cleared up my feed a lot and freed up my time for the people I was trying to keep in contact with. I have family all over the country and it makes me feel a lot more connected to be able to see some of the mundane stuff that one tends to post on facebook, as well as the big news too.

I was a really late adopter of Twitter, and thought it was all a bit odd. I did like that I didn’t have to be so transparent as on facebook where duplicate accounts and pseudonyms are very much frowned on. It did take a while for the critical mass of an interesting feed was achieved. It took me a long time to get over me being “polite” in not wanting to impinge on  friends of friends or acquaintances by following them. Once it clicked that ANYone can follow ANYone and the way to get Twitter working was to follow everyone that you have the remotest interest in or people that you commonly see retweeted by other people on your feed.  That is how you get to see more of the conversation going on around you. I enjoy Twitter now that I have a critical mass of people to follow (I think I follow about 100 people now on my personal account).  The other knack of Twitter is to follow “celebrities” – they might be politicians or actors, models or brands, but by following people you don’t actually know, you will get a lot further with Twitter.  The other really useful “people” to follow are information casters, for me it our local police, city council, traffic control, government departments. Last year during the floods, cyclones and fires so much very important information was gleaned and shared over Twitter and facebook.  I find Twitter to be far more immediate for that sort of thing, as people are used to their feeds moving quickly and get far less upset by small tidbits being shared over and over again.  Facebook can tend for people to get crotchety about their feed getting filled up with stuff they don’t want to know about, without seeming to understand that they can control what they see, and not by modifying the behaviour of their “friends”.

I find Twitter can be quite time consuming if I have a day where I don’t want to miss any of the conversation, so now I regularly accept that there will be stuff I miss but checking in 2-3 times a day.  Ideally I’d like to check more often, but I’d be a basket case.  So far TweetCaster is my preferred way of getting to Twitter, but if someone wants to put in a good word for other apps, please do.  My Accidental Hippy account hasn’t reached critical mass yet, so if you follow me, let me know and I will follow you back!

Coming full circle though, to Pinterest.  I haven’t quite worked out what I’m doing wrong.  I certainly do not find myself whiling away hours “pinning” things like I have read at The Organised Housewife and other places.  I would really like to understand it better, because it sounds like it could be a useful tool.

Do you use Pinterest?  How do you use it?  Can you offer me any tips?

10 Responses to Social Media, It Takes Time To Learn.

  1. AnkeB says:

    Yep, I pin.
    Took my a long time and I still haven’t figured how to put the PinIt Button on my browser.

    I set up some boards of categories of things I love and started saving web pages to each collection. Soon people were repinning them and following my boards.

    That’s it. That’s all I got right now. *laughs*

  2. Rhianna says:

    I enjoy following your blog 🙂 Mine isn’t ready for wide stream advertising, but you can look at it 🙂

  3. GeekGurlPhD says:

    I have yet to try Pinterest — I have enough time wasters to play with, especially between work, LilMissC and having to post several times a day on my own blog. That said, I am with you on Twitter — I adopted it early, but didn’t see the point to it as I am a ‘nobody’. With starting the new blog I decided to give it another go and am having more fun with it, but you are right, the trick was to follow interesting people. That, and I ‘Tweet’ for my blog rather than about personal stuff (although the odd microblog about teaching ‘grumpies’ tends to sneak through every now and then). I’ll have to hunt you up on there 😉 Are you tweeting as ‘AccidentalHippy’?

    • Renée says:

      I’m AccidentLHippy on twitter (someone had already taken accidentalhippy ) – clicking the little blue bird at the top of the page will get you to my profile 🙂

  4. Caroline says:

    I’ve seen pin interest and was momentarily interested then decided I don’t have enough time to “pin”, to “tweet” and to “facebook” (not to mention my very quiet G+).

    The premise is good and have enjoyed looking at others interests but it’s not something I would adopt myself. Maybe later down the track when I have time and inclination to give it more than 5 minutes thought I’ll investigate it further.

  5. Kellie says:

    I LOVE pinterest!! I do heaps of research about decorating the nursery or looking for toys or just baby stuff in general and so often in the past I’ve come across items that look interesting or appropriate or something I like but is out of my price range etc and I was never able to keep a collection of these items easily so always forgot about them. Now I can pin an item I like immediately and if I don’t have time then I can easily access the items info at a later time (it links the website to the pin so you don’t forget where you saw it). It’s also fantastic to have a few different ideas/items in the same collection to compare to help make a decision. It’s also great to put a whole range of ideas together on one ‘board’ like a scrapbook to work from when as I’m doing decorating a nursery or planning for a party. It’s just inspiration for items that you may not have thought of without pinterest to help you achieve whatever goal it is you’re after.
    I explore the pins already there pinned by other people regularly but when I’m googling my own ideas I pin the ones I like too. I’m never short of inspiration (just money!!) and I feel I’m getting the best possible choice for whatever it is I’m after after I’ve pinned a whole heap of items!

    • Renée says:

      That sounds like a great way to use Pinterest Kellie, maybe I just need to integrate it into my browsing more.

      • Kellie says:

        Yep, that’s exactly it Renee! It doesn’t have to be its own exercise – just part of regular browsing on any website you like. I just quickly pin items left right and centre and then at the end of the day I’ll go and check out what I pinned as it’s like a little mystery box of goodies!

  6. Lindsey says:

    I agree that the web app is a bit clunky and as I do most of my browsing on my phone I end up repinning more than pinning new things. I just can’t seem to get pinning from my phone to work. I use it in a similar way to Kellie, as a way to save inspiration and ideas to a spot where I can easily find it. It’s kind of replaced Google Notebook for me but with less functionality and much better looking. I find that with other social media I see cool things but then can’t find them again. Even when I save a photo from FB to my phone it gets swamped amongst everything else. I have also really enjoyed exploring pinterest and have found so many great things on there from craft ideas, to activities to do with the kids. I’ve started a 4 minute exercise routine twice a day which I found on pinterest and made a yummy broccoli salad the other night. I love it. It’s a great way to spend the time whilst feeding the baby 😉

    • Renée says:

      I have started using it as a visual book marker – it is definitely easier to search look for stuff based on a picture rather than a stack of uncategorised text links in my book marks tab! Even the fact that it forces you to pick a category (board) when you pin is good. Just to add tot he confusion though, I am going to look at Evernote though, which I’ve been told is also a good bookmarker/web clipper

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