Pinterest.com is reportedly one of the fastest growing websites in Internet history, however, there are those that claim Formspring.com as the actual fastest growing. For my part, since I play the roll as an "early adapter" it seems like I have missed both of these boats. I suspect it is because I actually spend time writing rather than watching what all my millions of "friends" are doing at every instant of the day. In short, I may not have a life but at least my life isn't social networking.
So why did I sign up for Pinterest.com? Good question. Pinterest.com has been around for a couple of years (it came online officially in 2010) and is grabbing more and more media attention. My unvarnished opinion of the site is that it emulates one of those magazines I see in doctor's offices that I avoid reading. Initially, it is vastly different that Google+, which I feel is more focused and enables me to connect with genealogists rather than reading about what the cat threw up this morning.
Interestingly, one of my children (who will remain nameless) was on Pinterest.com and responded to me within 3 minutes of when I signed in. I should have picked up a clue to the nature of the site when I signed in and it asked me to sign in with my Facebook account. By the way, virtually none of my dear Facebook "friends" have migrated over to Google+ while the whole gang seem to be on Pinterest.com.
So far, I find a significant percentage of the content on Pinterest.com to be personally offensive. Unless I can find a way to filter out some of the junk, it appears that my sojourn there will be unproductive. The concept is interesting but it is sort of like walking through an mall. You might guess that I don't care for malls either besides the fact that I shop at very few of the stores that have mall locations. In fact, I probably haven't been in a mall for six months so why would I want one on my computer?
That brings up the next question, is there any possible way Pinterest.com can have valid and helpful genealogical content? And do I really want to collect pictures of cars and crafts? Well, I guess we shall see.