Follow Friday, Pinterest style

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I’m getting the hang of Pinterest, not as a place to share items so much as a place to visually display things. That to me is its true power: highly visual, non-linear presentation. I figured I’d put a new twist on Follow Friday and put up my list of co-authors for the Awaken Your Superhero eBook as a Follow Friday board.

Follow Friday Board

How I made it:

I gathered up the people I wanted, made note of their Twitter URLs, then found large size photos of them out on Google+ or Flickr. In most cases, I couldn’t pin straight from Twitter because Twitter’s images are too small, so I had to grab the photo, type up the description and link it up, then edit each pin’s URL to the Twitter URL. It’s a multistep process for each pin, so I’d recommend maybe putting one person on your board every day for a week and then sharing and resharing the board on Fridays.

As a side note, if you’re asking “What’s with all the Pinterest stuff lately?” it’s because I’m trying out different ways of using it. That’s one of the lessons from the martial arts – take a tool, technique, or method and use it up as many ways as possible until you understand it.

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4 responses to “Follow Friday, Pinterest style”

  1. Great post and as a fellow martial artist, I love that you explained your use with that understanding.

  2. This is a brilliant Pinterest hack Christopher but I have to wonder if anybody in that community really cares. I’ve watched and read as social media gurus strive to be relevant on this new visually focused site. Yes, their Twitter and G+ friends will follow and the same information will be shared in yet another space. But seriously? Portrait shots? Why would a Pinterest member scanning all the beautiful images be interested? Maybe they’ll think Justin is cute or like Tamsen’s hair. (Note: respect them both.) Shouldn’t people spend their time and energy where others respond best to their offering? Just because Pinterest is the shiny new toy doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. If you have to force it, why bother?

  3. Not active on Pinterest yet but I got my login. Another great way to use it. Thanks Christopher!

  4. I really like this as it highlights each individual quite separately. I hate the #followFriday blocks of recommends and in fact I only recommend one at a time. So this works really well for me.

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