We ♥ – Pinterest

It’s been a while since we have written a “we love” post, but we have really fallen for something that has caught our “Pinterest“.

Many photographers, such as ourselves, have gravitated towards this new site. It has allowed us a way to visually bookmark things that we find on the internet and catalog images that inspire us in some way. We have used it to create boards of the gear we use, items we want to buy, even decorating inspiration. There are collections of recipes and DIY crafting projects.  Both Peta and Rachel have boards on Pinterest, and are completely addicted! When you follow a new person, you get to see all the things they find fascinating online and each new thing that catches your eye takes you to more boards that will continue to take you deeper and deeper down an Alice in Wonderland hole of amazing stuff.

When you are ready to join Pinterest, please give yourself quite a bit of time. While it is super easy to set up and with all your Facebook and Twitter who are on Pinterest contacts automatically loaded, you will be sucked in immediately. For hours!

Rachel recently had the opportunity to meet Ben, one of the creators of Pinterest at the Alt Design Summit last month. What a fascinating guy! We thought it would be great to ask Ben a few questions and share the love with all of you.

How did Pinterest start?
I started Pinterest with my college friend Paul. We were looking at paper catalogs and thought, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a catalog full of stuff that our friends had picked out. Paul and I are lucky enough to have friends with amazing taste in all sorts of things — mid century furniture, indian cooking, rap music, graphic design. We thought it would be exciting to build a place where our friends could share all of that. Both of us truly believe that most people have great taste in something. Our mission at Pinterest is to empower people to share their taste with the world.

How long has it been in development?
We started making Pinterest in December 2009. By March 2010, we had a prototype to share with close friends and family. Since then, every new member of Pinterest has been given a few invites to send to close friends.

As a collaboration project, how is it to work with others on bringing something so specific to the market?
It’s great! The best thing about building a company is gathering a group of people who can achieve a lot more together than they can individually. Every member of our team focuses on a different part of the product, but together, we all want to make Pinterest a product lots of people use and love. We get incredibly excited to hear from Pinterest users. It sounds boring, but we enjoy doing customer support because it’s an opportunity to find out how we can make Pinterest just a little bit better.

What tech goodies can you let us in on so we have something to look forward to? (ie: iphone and android apps, “pin my stuff” blog and website widgets, notifications of being pinned, and the big question…opening of the beta invite only version.)
So many! I can’t tell you about everything, but we have an iPhone and Android application in the works. We hired a great developer named Sahil Lavingia who is leading the charge on it. After testing it for a couple weeks, I can say that I’m as excited about the Pinterest app as I am about Pinterest.com. I think the two products work really well together, so we can’t wait to release it. We’re also working on an API so users can do a lot more with their pins — everything from embedding pinboards onto their website to having Pin It! buttons that can be added to stores or blogs.

As the site grows, are there any plans in place to deal with those who pin their own work or otherwise sully the experience?
We’re pretty strict about enforcing our terms of service, which prohibit nudity or hateful material. Right now, anyone can “report” a pin that they find objectionable. Reporting a pin immediately removes it from the public parts of the site and sends it to our team for review. If the pin violates our Terms of Service, I let the user know and then delete that pin immediately. More importantly though, we rely on our community to make Pinterest a positive place. I’m amazed by how thoughtful and passionate Pinterest users are. We get LOTS of help from our users, and I’m genuinely thankful for that.

We love that one can display the price on a pin that is for sale…has anything come up in your pinterest feed that enticed you to get your hands on it in real life?
Lots actually! Pinterest is my go-to place to find gifts for anyone I find a little bit hard to shop for. The most important thing I bought from Pinterest, though, was my engagement ring! A couple months before my engagement I was feeling totally overwhelmed looking at Blue Nile and Tiffany’s. One night, I saw a really cool design posted by a woman who was actually a jewelry maker herself. A few comments back and forth, I was sold.

We both have local friends that are otherwise not very involved in social media, yet have sunk their teeth into Pinterest. What are your thoughts on Pinterest being so appealing to those who don’t normally “do” social media?
First, Pinterest is really visual. Lots of people find images more engaging and fun than text. I also think Pinterest taps into a really common human desire to share your taste. Lots of people take pride in how they decorate their house, what gifts they choose for friends, or what kind of art they appreciate. Pinterest makes it easy to share these interest with friends.

How would you like to see photographers using the site as it goes forward?
I like the idea of photographers sharing all the different aspects of their craft. It’s interesting to see their favorite photographs, but it’s just as interesting to see their favorite photography books, or the gear they carry, or even their favorite spots for taking photographs. Most of all, just be creative! Sometimes the boards I enjoy are totally unexpected — like http://pinterest.com/formfireglass/wood-you/ or http://pinterest.com/janew/household-weapons/or http://pinterest.com/madelscape/pinning-barcelona/

Thank you Ben and team for this great site! The best part, we have a special invitation to immediately join Pinterest just for our readers by clicking here!

Happy pinning!

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Julie November 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm

sorry it’s
purpo60@hotmail.com
Thank you for your help!

Michelle Strimel November 19, 2011 at 2:26 am

I have requested an invite several times in past few months and I have received nothing. Could you please tell me what I am doing wrong? I type in my email address and click on “request invite”. I would like to get started pinning!!:)

Julile November 23, 2011 at 11:46 pm

would LOVE an invite to Pinrest as well! Please invite me if your reading this :>>>… I’ll be sure to pass the fav forward as well to other new comers to pincrest… THANKS in advance!!

miki November 24, 2011 at 6:55 pm

i would be very thankful if someone could send me an invite. miki-mikimoo@hotmail.com :)

Robin November 29, 2011 at 8:03 am

Your blog is so very nice! Thanks for sharing! Would appreciate an invitation to pinterest!!!

Thank You

brittney December 1, 2011 at 7:33 am

Please send me an invite?:) Darlenegentz@gmail.com

Cathy December 2, 2011 at 6:45 am

I would love an invite to Pininterst. Pleaaaase!

jennifer December 3, 2011 at 2:45 am

Hi ! Could I please have a pinterest invite sent my way? I’ve been the the wait list for quite some time ! Thanks so so much ! :)

Samantha December 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I have literally been waiting almost 2 months for an invite, and NOTHING. Someone please send me an invite? Samanthahall12@gmail.com
:)

Julia December 6, 2011 at 5:55 am

Hi I have just recently discovered pinterest and am in love!!! I was just wondering how long I should expect to wait for an invite once I sent a request. I can’t wait!

Megan December 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I would love an invite! Seems like an amazing site! Great blog too! :)

Viri December 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Heyyy can anyone send me an invite? I keep trying to request an invite but I haven’t gotten an invite in months :/ they send me an email saying that i joined the waiting list :/ it’s cabrera.viri@yahoo.com

Ann McSwain December 17, 2011 at 6:16 am

Would love a Pinterest invite at amcswain@email.phoenix.edu

Thank you in advance.

Beth Ogle December 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Love your blog. I would like to join from an invite please.

Kirsten January 3, 2012 at 2:42 am

I would be thrilled to get an invite to pinterest. Could anyone send me this? My email is kirsten1000@hotmail.com
Thanks!

Lani January 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I would love an invite please :)

Devona January 8, 2012 at 1:28 am

Invite me, please!
sundevonadesign@gmail.com

Dasha January 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I recently moved of my hometown to go to college. I have my own apt with a kitchen but all I eat is cup.n noodles amd sandwches. Pinterest has great meal ideas and crafts that I can easily do! I would love an invitation!

Dasha.michelle23@gmail.com

Mary January 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

i would love a pinterest invite please..

Mary January 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

i would love a pinterest invite.. Please!

Traci January 10, 2012 at 10:40 am

Invite me please!

rachel January 11, 2012 at 2:34 am

would love a interest invite as well. can’t wait to try the site. thanks!

richardkiggins@me.com

Jeri-Lynn January 14, 2012 at 9:08 am

I would love a pinterest invite! :)

Breann January 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

Could you please send me an invite? :)

rachel January 26, 2012 at 9:20 am

Hey everyone, just click the link in the last line of the blog for an express pass invite to pinterest!

Imogen buckley January 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Invite me pleeeeeeease. I have been on the waiting list for so long and am loving pinterest. As a budding photographer I would love to join. My email is imogen.buckley@hotmail.com
Many thanks!!!

stephanie January 30, 2012 at 6:31 am

The link in the last line doesn’t work. it says 404 oops the page you’re looking for cannot be found. I would like an invite if possible. my email is sfournier1991@yahoo.com

Bel February 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm

The last line of the blog for an express pass invite to pinterest DOES NOT WORK if any of your Facebook or Twitter friends are on Pinterest.

That “invitation” only works for people whose friends are on Pinterest already, because that “invite” will search on your contact’s lists. I tried and this was the message I got: “Sorry your facebook account is not associated with any pinterest account. Please request an invite and try again.”.

Same message for Twitter. The link posted on this blog does not work.

Sarah February 3, 2012 at 3:12 am

Can I please get an invite? I’ve been on the waitlist forever!
Thanks so much!!!

rachel February 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm

The express pass must have reached the limit or a time out. If people put their emails here, maybe someone can send an invite.

Nancy February 8, 2012 at 2:05 am

I have been waiting so long for an invite. Is there any way to get an invite?
Thank you

Nancy February 8, 2012 at 2:07 am

I have been on the waiting list forever……..is there anyway to get an invite?

Nancy February 8, 2012 at 2:10 am

I have been waiting so long for an invite. Is there any way to get an invite?
Info@TheBiscottiBabe.com

Bella February 9, 2012 at 12:23 am

Would be very grateful for invite to: bbrorvik@broadpark.no

TJ February 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Hi everyone, would be great if i could get an invite. tjkee77@gmail.com thank you very much!

Mary February 10, 2012 at 9:08 am

Please invite me! Thank you! :0)

Mary February 10, 2012 at 9:09 am

Oops! Please invite me at: sapphiremyst@cox.net. Thank you!

Bibi February 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Can someone please send me an invite? alonsobibi@yahoo.com
Thanks so much!

Mel February 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Hi there, I’ve been trying to get on pinterest for sometime.

My email is

MISRAMSAY@GMAIL.COM

I would appreciate it very much. Thanks guys

Maria February 26, 2012 at 12:00 am

Please, invite me too! msdomingo@hotmail.com Thanks a lot

hannah February 27, 2012 at 4:23 am

Can someone invite me, please? hannahfrommelbourne@gmail.com

Chelsie February 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

Hi, I would LOVE to get an invite! I have been waiting a while now. :( I cant wait to get started!! Thanks! kimmwalters@hotmail.com

char March 6, 2012 at 6:07 am

Can someone kindly send me an invite. I have something that every photo enthusiast may be interested in. pocketborders@gmail.com Thanks

Camila Lima March 15, 2012 at 3:44 am

Can anybody please send me an invite? I’ve been waiting for so long :(
camila_lima100@hotmail.com
thanks :)

anne hoffman March 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm

got mine direct within seconds from http://pinterestinvitations.com

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