Pinterest test

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!).

Source: mashable.com via Ing on Pinterest

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.

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6 Responses to Pinterest test

  1. Ben says:

    I’m surprised at the ratio of women to men. You’re the first male I’ve known to be on Pinterest. I would have assumed women to be more like 95% of the Pinterest demographic.

    I’ve considered joining, myself. I have wondered about how much I would find that’s of interest to me. Based on my casual browsing of their public categories, not much. But I guess it depends a lot on who you connect with, eh?

    • Ing says:

      Yeah, it does depend on who you connect with. And on whether you get a kick out of seeing and keeping track of pretty pictures (or funny ones or whatever). It’s all visual on Pinterest.

      I’d heard that the place was 85% women, but this infographic puts the ratio closer to even. I think in terms of active users, the 85% thing is true, and might even be more like 95%. The vast majority of content seems to be generated by and for women. But there are men on there, and if you start looking for manly things you’ll see that there are quite a few (it’s just that they tend to be obscured behind the chatter and gab of all the females). :)

      Besides, part of the lure is that you can put your *own* favorite things from around the web on Pinterest. Might get discouraging if it seems nobody’s paying attention, but hardly anybody pays attention to me on the interwebs anyway, so it’s nothing different that way.

  2. Hey there, I wanted to thank you for the help with the whole “where should I go now” problem. I’ve moved over to WordPress and I am up and running already. If you have any links on your sites to Word Count or my blog, can you change them to show wordpress. The address are the same except that blogspot is now WordPress.

    On a completely unrelated note – any tips on ways to adjust from Wii to Xbox? I’m tired of Wii games and I like the look of Fallout 3 on Xbox but I’m having an issue getting used to the controller. LIke I said, unrelated, but I need to decompress over Spring Break and playing video games seems like a good way.

    Thanks again for all your help!!!

    • Ing says:

      No problem. I think you’ll like using WordPress. At least you’ll be out of Google’s information mining camp, anyway. :)

      Xbox is outside my range of expertise. I play the Wii a little bit (well, Mario Kart a lot), but other than that, I don’t play video games at all.

  3. Ben says:

    Ing, if you spent more time on Facebook, you might have seen the link going around about Pinterest’s terms of use. Apparently they say something to the effect that you must have copyright and/or permission to pin things, and you can’t hold Pinterest liable for any legal problems, AND Pinterest reserves the right to use and/or sell anything you pin. Here’s the link: http://www.knoed.com/thewindowseat/pinterest-change-your-terms-or-were-leaving/

    • Ing says:

      Yeah, I’ve seen that. It’s actually pretty much the same in those ways as Facebook.

      The main reason they reserve the right to use/sell anything you pin because Pinterest makes its money by discovering when affiliate programs are available for products people pin, and then using some back-end software to invisibly convert their links back to the source into affiliate links for themselves. Which is fine, I guess, but the fact that they won’t tell anyone that’s what they do makes me wonder about their ethics (we only know thanks to the sleuthing of some very nosy marketing consultants).

      It still burns my ethical biscuits, but for the time being I’m taking a pragmatic approach.

      I’m only pinning publicly available content from around the web to begin with (as are most people), so there’s no risk of Pinterest co-opting anything that’s actually mine (unlike Facebook, which could co-opt my personal photos if I were stupid enough to put any there).

      It’s things like this that make me hate the entire internet. But it seems we can’t live without it, so…