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  1. There are probably a few posts which could easily find their way out of your article today.
    The two pieces which caught my eye are a) the almost pavlovian response of some that the latest gathering place in social media land is ripe for harvesting consumer conversation and b) Over-sharing…everything. There is occasionally some wisdom in turning left when everyone turns right. I can see a point where the critical mass of “sharing” requires something to balance it out, almost a middle ground between everything is private or everything is potentially public.
    I see in Pinterest the creative potential for some natural or logical extensions beyond what it is today and I’ll be interested to see where they take it. It is ultimately a far more interesting proposition than todays equivalent of Pets.com Klout or Tumblr
    Good post and as always, thought provoking.

  2. Pinterest is visually stimulating and fun but one downside is that users are not mandated to provide the originating source of the image making it hard to give credit where credit is due.
    I also notice that you have a presence there Mitch but no boards as yet – is there a strategic reason for this?

  3. If we can use visual design to guide interest (and I think Pinterest can do this) we might start seeing an evolution in user interaction. I’d welcome that! Tell Jenn to get better fast… no sleep for the wicked πŸ™‚

  4. Once you click the link, you’re at the originating source, so I have no issue with how it’s done. As for my “presence”… I haven’t come up with anything to “pin” yet as most of the stuff I share is text and I do so via Twitter… I’m sure my habits will adapt.

  5. Because of it’s overwhelming female user base, I thought Pinterest was created by women, but no. Still as someone who uses Delicious for bookmarking, I have become a convert to Pinterest tho I have never been a scrapbooker. The UX is really fantastic and it’s a very friendly community–unlike say Tumblr. The brilliant part about Pinterest…which I’m sure they never intended– is how seamlessly brands have been incorporated into their platform, unlike both Twitter and Facebook. It will be interesting to see how it scales. It’s one thing to be a smallish community of like minded hipsters, and quite another to incorporate real estate agents, plastic surgeons and who knows what else that have joined twitter recently begging me to follow them.

  6. “Perhaps the adoption is happening because these newer platforms are simply that much easier and fun to use.” Hmmmm, women using it because it’s easier…. or perhaps women just do tend to be more social. If you look at most families, who keeps the family and social connections going?

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