I finally caved in. After months of watching the wife pin with wild abandon, I decided I had to start my own Pinterest account.
I dunno how it’ll go. In some ways, it’s a departure from the norm for me; I’m not normally the sort to collect pictures or spend hours looking at pretty things on the internet (well, unless the pretty things are women). :) If you’ve been around me or my blog very much, you probably know that I’m ambivalent about social networks — about the internet as a whole, actually.
I love what the internet (and computers in general) can do for me, but I loathe their inherent chaos and instability.
I really hate the way places like Facebook and Google track everything that everyone does. I hate feeling like some shadowy overseer is tracking everything I do. More than that, I hate the way the internet revolves around mining and selling people’s information. My personal habits and relationships are not commodities to be bought and sold.
And then there’s a personality conflict, too. I’m a classic introvert. I value solitude, and I live primarily in my own head. Social interaction makes me tired…and being on a social networking site means interacting with other people. Twitter appeals to me because I can control the flow of information (at least to some extent) and pick and choose the best parts from it; it can still feel hectic sometimes, and periodically I have to break all contact and recharge, but overall it’s an introvert-friendly system. Facebook, I hate. It’s an introvert’s nightmare. Impossible to know where they’re drawing the public/private line from week to week and it seems there’s no way to avoid being bombarded by other people’s drama and social minutiae. (Wondering if you might be one of the introverted elite? Here’s a basic introversion test.)
And yet for all that, I can’t completely stay away from either the internet or social networking. Sigh.
So here I am, signing up for YET ANOTHER social network. The Next Big Thing.
It might be fun. There’s a lot of interesting stuff making the rounds on Pinterest, and I might enjoy adding my bit. If nothing else, it might be a good repository for pictures I’d like to put on the blog. For the most part I’m linking to other people’s stuff anyway, so being able to save images on Pinterest and embed them from there would seem to make sense.
Well, then…let’s see if it makes sense. For a test, here’s an infographic on Pinterest demographics (a demographic infographic? Sweet!).
Looks like it’ll work…
As you may notice, I’m a bit of a demographic outlier — I’m less wealthy and less female than most of the Pinterest population. But it seems those two things are true almost everywhere I go.
So get ready, Pinterest. Here comes Ing.