I posted a photo on Pinterest of a salad I made. The photo of the salad lied to my tastebuds. Nobody on Pinterest cared. It was too pretty.
The salad was visually stunning. The caption read: â€œStrawberries (substituting for a bad watermelon), Feta, red onion, toasted almonds on a bed of crunchy Romaine.”
The salad was beautiful to look at, but sucked when I ate it. That did not stop Pinterest followers from re-pinning it. On Pinterest, beauty trumps truth.
Pinterest is not about foodies and fashionistas. Pinterest is really about social-streaming a message visually. The human brain is wired to receive 90 percent of all messages visually first. We believe what we see. Thatâ€™s why my bad salad is still popular. Feta and strawberries do not agree on the tongue, but they agree on the eyeballs.
Iâ€™ve spent the past week on Pinterest to see how easily family, clients, friends and strangers are manipulated by its beautiful pictures.
Pinterest allows users to create board themes with visual proof points uploaded by users like you and me. Itâ€™s the ultimate â€œlove it or hate itâ€ message board. If you love tattoos, horses, macaroni, Obama, Paris, French-country flowers and savvy quotes, Pinterest allows you to define your brand, style and life philosophy in a visually compelling palette of images and photos organized by the boards. You can re-pin images from followers and friends or upload your own and define a new trend. Itâ€™s fun, easy and addictive.
In one afternoon, I created a spectrum of images that define my business, my life, the life I donâ€™t have and want, and the life I fight for.
1. All pictures of my two German Shepherds taken by my cousin MollyDillphotography.com are getting re-pinned by the hour.
2. None of my clientâ€™s political opposition has caught on to this trend. This is short-lived because they are reading this blog.
3. I also discovered through my uploads that Iâ€™m not the only person who loves whales, German Shepherds, Obama, Cannon Beach, Absolutely Fabulous and earthy, weather-beaten housewares.
Pinterest requires you to be connected to Facebook and conversely allows you to â€œlikeâ€ your pins to Facebook to broaden your reach. Itâ€™s where the poster boards of witty quotes and vibrant photos on Facebook are now born.
I am mostly amazed at how much the foodies dominate the stream. If you were born on another planet, youâ€™d think we all are starving for pretty food.
People like me are coming to Pinterest with bigger motives and agendas. We are plotting and planning to fill your brain with our ideas and our vision for the world. Consider this visual plug for my friend Gael Tarleton, a standout Democratic candidate for state representative in the 36th Legislative District.
My vision for the world has lots of critters, good food and pocket reviews of my favorite movies, TV shows and preferred political candidates. It also includes signage and images for a better world that can be realized through progressive engagement, voting and thinking.
Pinterest is destined to become deeper and more philosophical as more people catch on to its power. Pinterest will compel all of us to visualize the world we want with the images in our brains or on Pinterest. I can visualize my children’s future on Pinterest. And that makes me happy.