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Pin it: Pinterest for Guildmembers

May 1st, 2012 by Geoff Graham

Following our inclusion of a Pinterest profile link in our social media links, we just added the ubiquitous “Pin it” button to all of our members’ profile page images. Here’s a link to all the images pinned thus far.

Pinterest came out of nowhere to become a staple tool for designers and design enthusiasts. Imagine removing all of the friction from a designer’s effort in pulling an image out of a magazine, adding a note to it, putting it in a folder, and sharing it with a client, remodeler or builder. And then mash that up with some social media sharing goodness, and you’ve got Pinterest.

Here’s a great description of the impact it’s having on our profession, from a blog post by Hartmann & Forbes:

Easy to use, fun and addictive, Pinterest is quickly becoming an indispensable tool in the Interior Design community. Simply put, the social networking service with the mission to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting” is changing many a designers’ approach.

Despite its rapid ascension in the social networking world (It’s the #3 site behind Facebook and Twitter after a mere 2 years), many have never heard of Pinterest, let alone know how it works or how it could benefit their design process. At its core, it is a virtual “pinboard” or project board (images are presented in a bulletin board format, and include links to track the images origin for later reference). Designers are pinning links, images, web pages and all kinds of other items they find interesting or inspiring, and then sharing their ideas with their design team or presenting these as concepts to clients.

And they’re sharing these images like crazy — not just with clients, but with all their followers. With that in mind, we added the Pinterest “Pin it” button to the bottom edge of all of the pictures our members are publishing. This makes it exceptionally easy for Pinterest users to pin your images and share them with your followers.

If you’re not a Pinterest user, you can request an invite here, and if you are already an avid pinner, then check out some of the pics from our recent “All the pretty houses” poll, and pin away.

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