Pinterest: Can Businesses Catch “Pinsanity”?!?!

If you are a slightly plugged-in user of social media and technology, by now, you may have heard of Pinterest. It’s certainly the flavor of the month. Hopefully, it sticks around longer than Jeremy Lin and his “Linsanity” followers as his production comes back down to earth.

Pinterest is an online bulletin board where you can post your favorite images. I’m kind of hoping it helps move some of the image spam / memes / and other noise off of Facebook and onto there. The site has registered more than 7 million unique visitors in December more than quadrupling its userbase of 1.6 million in September (source: Entreprenuer magazine article).  Not sure why, but I find it very interesting that 97% of Pinterest users are women.

This “pinning” of images allows you to show images of interest, wishlists, favorite crafts, saying, celebrities, etc. The key is the linking ability which would drive traffic to other blogs, shopping, etc. It’s a great way to generate traffic to your site if you have people pinning your items to their boards. In fact, many retailers are encouraging it and shaping their pictures to best fit on your pin boards in hopes you do just that. I don’t think businesses are spamming by pinning their products. In fact, the products are getting visibility by users pinning other product images that get clicked thru to the point of sale website. Viral / influential marketing at its best.

As I said, the most powerful business application is the ability to post images of your company’s products on your Pinterest board and link them back to your website. It works as a sort of virtual store catalog. However, savvy social media users know not to get too promotional. For example, Whole Foods Market pins pictures of delicious-looking food, food art and images of recycled or reused products to inspire customers to be environmentally responsible.

If you run a lawn-care center, for instance, pin pictures of landscaping you find online or snap in your community. If you’re a brick-and-mortar store, pin shots of the interesting sites and people around your neighborhood and photos you take at community events. You also can search through Pinterest’s categories and add some inspirational, funny or beautiful images you find.

I would suggest checking out Pinterest and seeing if it works for you.  The answer may surprise you.  If you’d like to see how I use it, hit me up on Pinterest as well.

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Freedom has a price, even on the Internet

With the power of the electronic age we live in, news travels faster than ever before.  With this wave of information, we have to keep vigilant and take caution in what we read, trust, click on, and share as we surf the web.  The morning of Monday, May 2 and throughout that day, information rapidly broke about the death of Osama Bin Laden.  As expected, malicious software began to spread based on this incident primarily thorough search engine results, mass emails, and social media.  Even advertisements on websites such as Facebook and Google may have been malicious in trying to trick you with fake offers that may entice you to click them and then linked you to viruses and spyware that infects your computer and could steal your personal information.

By late evening, hackers unleashed a wave of new spam emails, poisoned search results, and specially crafted websites — all designed to mislead people seeking news.  The more common ones promised unofficial photos of Bin Laden’s dead body, videos of the assault and other conspiracy theories surrounding the events.  These links are false, misleading and dangerous.  Do NOT click on them.

Facebook Spam Post Example

The attackers are taking advantage of the curiosity of users and the excitement of the public, and then spreading malware along with it.  If you must look for news and the latest information, stick to well-known sites that may have bookmarked and rely on those.  As no images or video of the operation have been released, any sites promoting them should automatically be considered suspicious.

Always use caution when clicking Internet links you may not be familiar with or knowingly trust.  Also, please use good judgment when searching around the Internet for information.

Highlights from Tweeps Talk Tech Radio Show – November 10, 2010

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Have you tried Kik instant messenger yet?

Google Bonus Story tops our news tonight! http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/09/google-pay-hike/

RIM’s PlayBook Will Cost Less than $500 http://mashable.com/2010/11/10/rim-playbook-500/

Ask.com saying goodbye http://mashable.com/2010/11/09/ask-com-shut-down/

RockMelt – the first social browser http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/09/google-rockmelt-search-preview/

CHART OF THE DAY: Facebook Reveals The Most Popular Time For Breakups http://read.bi/a2NxXD

chart-of-the-day-facebook-status-updates-2010

Do Firefox Users Pay More For Car Loans? http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/11/04/132257/Do-Firefox-Users-Pay-More-For-Car-Loans

Over 500,000 People Quit Cable Last Quarter http://read.bi/95oEDY

Notes from our last Tweeps Talk Tech show

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Saturday Night Live Facebook skits:

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