I was that teenage girl.
The one who had to have my room decorated in pinboards so I could hang photos of my friends from our Sweet Sixteens. The girl who pinned pages torn from Vogue so I could copy the big city fashion. The girl who placed postcards from Paris, Venice and other exotic places I hoped to visit some day up on a board.
Of course, all my friends had pinboards, too. They were important to have in those days. It showed your personality, creativity and dreams.
Eventually, I stopped hanging pinboards all throughout my room and instead chose simple picture frames.
But I have to confess: I’m getting addicted to pinboards again.
And that’s because of Pinterest.
Heard about it yet?
It’s the newest social media site. Basically, it’s an online pinboard (or for those of you into scrapbooking, think of it as an online version).
Users from all over can post a photo of anything they desire (Well, come to think of it, I’m sure it’s not anything. There are some creeps out there on the interwebs.)
And there is a catch to Pinterest. You need to ask for an invite. (Unfortunately, I’m still on the waiting list.) But when you are allowed to officially join Pinterest, you have the ability to organize your pins by boards and can follow other users.
It’s a way for users to share their tastes in fashion, interior design, books, etc. But even those who are not users can still go to the website and look around.
Today, as I was glancing through my Twitter timeline, I noticed so many of my high school and college friends were also talking about Pinterest. In the past few months, it’s become increasingly popular — especially among 20-something women.
For recent college graduates moving into their first apartments, the site has a ton of tips on home decor. Those learning to cook for the first time can check out some recipes (I, for one, was pretty fascinated by the photo showing spaghetti in hot dogs). There’s even boards for those planning weddings, including centerpieces and dress ideas.
Really, Pinterest can help anyone. For those like me — someone who has always struggled with organization — there are even ways to fix cluttered closets and desks.
Of course, there are fun pins as well. Fashion is a big one. (FYI, pink and gray are the fun colors this year, but green and black are classier.)
But the more I look through the boards and pins, the more I see exotic vacation spots, four-tiered wedding cakes, nails with perfect unchipped polish. All stuff that sounds nice, but kind of is a bit unattainable for many in our everyday lives.
Maybe there’s another purpose for Pinterest. Another reason for why it’s so popular among 20-something females. Maybe Pinterest is a lot closer to the pinboards we had as teenagers than we thought.
Maybe Pinterest is telling us, like those boards that used to hang above our beds years ago, that it’s still OK to dream.