When I was trying to decorate my new deck last summer, I went on a mad search for the perfect set of chairs. I wanted four, with big cushions, in a neutral color, that rocked or at least moved. I searched every website imaginable. And as I found ones I liked, I compiled photos of them on a virtual pinboard known as Pinterest (pinterest.com), so I could compare, contrast and seek the advice of friends.
Since last summer, dozens of my friends have joined Pinterest, the fastest-growing social media site. It appeals largely to women interested in crafts, food, travel, home décor and fashion (hmm, sounds like Home & Away). Several of my younger friends use Pinterest to compile ideas for their weddings — dresses, crafts, photos, venues.
Businessinsider.com calls Pinterest a "huge phenomenon." TechCrunch.com reports that Pinterest just hit 11.7 million unique monthly U.S. visitors, crossing the 10 million mark faster than any other standalone site in history.
Pinterest is easy to use. Follow the prompts to install a Pin It button on your computer. When you see something you like online, you just hit the button and post it to one of your boards. STLtoday.com is making it easy for you to pin our lifestyle stories. Each photo has a Pin It button; hit it and the image posts to whichever board you want it to go to.
The site still requires an invitation. If you want one, email me and I can send you one. While you are on Pinterest, follow the Home & Away staff: Amy Bertrand, Debra Bass, Diane Toroian Keaggy, Norma Klingsick and Karen Deer.