HELP Pinterest has taken my wife hostage

Pinterest has taken my wife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So about 4 weeks ago my wife texts me and asks, ” are you on Pinterest?” I replied that I had recently sought out an invitation but wasn’t doing too much with it yet. She informed me that evening that Pinterest had made the rounds throughout her co-workers. She is a elementary school teacher and nearly all of her co-workers were actively pinning.

She waited a little while to join up, asking what I thought about it. I told her I didn’t know much more about it than her but I did know that it has been catching on like wildfire.

Initially, she had reservations about Pinterest posting to her Facebook wall every time she pinned something. She also did not want to connect via Facebook which I told her with an invite she wouldn’t have to. I apparently had invites so I invited her, assisted her in turning off the post to Facebook feature and showed her a few quick pointers I had picked up in my brief time there. Straight up. I haven’t seen her since.

Now normally I am the one that is ” wired at the hip ” moving from my iphone to ipad to MBP and back. She was the one that would have to say, ” can you put that down for a moment. ”

Over the past 5 days the roles have been reversed. Seems like anytime I see she is on her iPad or iphone she is pinning.

She is pinning crafts for the kids, organizational tools, recipes, clothes… It goes on and on. Pinterest is as sticky as gum on a blacktop surface that you have just stepped in on a Hot August night!. Over this past weekend she virtually lived there.

For the the first time I can understand why Pinterest has experienced such rapid and continued growth. It is a slippery slope and one you have stumbled into it there apparently is no return.

I am hopeful that for her it will be a ‘ fart in the wind’ and in a few weeks time she will not pinning non-stop but from others I have spoken to I am not sure that is the case.  If a couple of months from now she is still on a pinning tear, you will hear my screaming, ” HELP Pinterest has taken my wife hostage. “.  

 

This interesting infographic from Modea that I found on Mashable was quite impressive when it comes to the demographics of Pinterest users.

With numbers like these it is no wonder that Pinterest is becoming the newest Time Vampire on the block. I do hope that sometime soon it pulls its fangs from my wife’s neck. Although I guess I shouldn’t complain, I mean she doesn’t blog about me and how much time I spend on Google+.

G+ Fastest growing Social Community

G+ the Fastest growing Social Community?

I would like to start by stating that it seems G+ is more of a Social Community than a Social Network. Think of the word network. When I do I think of infrastructure, sterile environments designed to connect things, Tron… I feel that LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are all legitimate Social Networks, rightfully so,  all three connect people, groups, businesses and more

Imagine the town you live in. I gather you would feel better saying, ” I live in to a great community of people” versus ” I live in a great network of people. ” The connections made in a network may be informal, at times cold and not necessarily willing to reciprocate gestures of engagement and/or good will.

In a community, the backbone is how the members support one another and engage in meaningful, trusting relationships in the hopes of bettering the quality of the experience that is being a part of said community.

I have been on G+ since early August. In my brief time there I have been thoroughly impressed with the community spirit of the whole thing. Whether is it someone posting saying, ” My friend X just joined up and if you could circle them that would be great. ” or someone in a public hangout stating that it is their first or second hangout. Most times you will see the people openly welcome new people with the a friendly hello or by circling them and in turn pointing them to some of the top content, tips and informative G+ users.

People who haven’t tried G+ yet may be lead to believe it is just another Social Network. Only time will tell but from what I have seen and experienced, G+ has a richer sense of community. The outreach is quite impressive once one decided to participate. If you give yourself to it, chances are it will give back.

I was amazed during Movember when I was trying to raise $500 for prostate cancer awareness. Nearly half of my donations came from G+, whereas only about $70 of the $500 raised came from FB or Twitter.  I was posting the sames message there that I was on G+ and yet the community behind G+ was willing to participate and support one of its members even without really knowing me all that well. The final donation of $30 that came in at 10:47 pm on November 30th as an Anonymous donation from a G+ member allowed me to reach my goal brought such a wide smile to my face. Not only due to the fact that I had reached my goal but that it came from someone out there on G+.

That spirit of community is refreshing. I would lying if I didn’t admit that it may just be the ” honeymoon phase ” but I feel it is worth mentioning as there are more articles about G+’s successes, shortcomings and everything in between that there is something special or different about it being built by the google + team and the community that proudly support it .

As 2012 continues and more folks try G+ I will be curious to see if their experience is similar to mine. I hope ( like me )  they find G+ to be more of a community of quality interactions (and people) rather than a network simply connecting with common denominators.