Express Your Life With Pinterest

I have to admit, I am a sucker for the visual arts. I often tell my wife that I am the reason people still spend money on billboards. I am the kind of guy that will nearly run the car off the road looking at billboard signs. You can imagine my thrill when I found a great social networking site geared towards all things visual called “Pinterest“.

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that “lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web.” The site seeks to connect people through common interests. People post things they like that they’ve seen on the web to their “boards” and, like Twitter, people can follow your boards and you can follow theirs.

How does it work, you ask? When you first go the Pinterest website, you will be greeted with a montage of stunning images shared from all over the web. Below, you will see a picture of the main page.

Pinterest Main Page

You will notice that there is a button to “Request an Invite” from Pinterest. If you click this button, you will see the screen pictured below.

Sign Up

Shortly after submitting an invitation request, you will receive a greeting in your email with a link to sign up. You will see a screen similar to the one pictured below when you click that link. Pinterest links with an existing Facebook or Twitter account. They claim it makes it easier to find friends and share your interests. I suspect they didn’t want to reinvent the social networking wheel.

Facebook Connect

Once you have connected to your Facebook account, you are taken to a page where you can indicate certain interests that you have. If you look in the picture below, there are several categories from which to choose. Pinterest will automatically sign you up to follow certain people based on the interests that you chose. You have the option to unfollow these people at any time.


You will now have the option create pinboards of your own. Below, you will see the default suggested categories for pinboards. These are merely suggestions and you can add or delete as many as you like. Once you have added all of the pinboard categories you like, click “Create”.

Create Pinboards

Lastly, you will be given the option to install the Pinterest button to your browser. This will allow you to easily pin something to one of your boards from any website. I think this is a good idea. You don’t have to install it if you don’t want to, but then the process of adding pins is a little more manual. When you hit the Pinterest button in your browser, it automatically picks the images off of the page and gives you the choice of which image you want to pin.  Below, you will see a group of images from a website about Ayers Rock.

Pin This

When you click “Pin This” on an image, you will be taken to a dialog box like the one below. You will be given the option to pick which board you want to pin the image to. You also have the options of giving it a description, mentioning Facebook friends, and adding tags. When you are ready, click “Pin It” and you are done.

Create Pin

Pinterest is a unique way to network with people through the sharing of images. You can make wish lists, plan a wedding, plan an interior design, and much more. Frankly, it is only limited by your imagination and creativity. I hope you enjoy using Pinterest.

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. Please feel free to comment below.

Group Video Chat on Facebook with Social Hangouts

A few weeks ago, Facebook introduced new features to their site that included group chat and video chat. The video calling feature was launched in conjunction with Skype, and is accessible through Facebook Chat. It allows Facebook users to have 1-on-1 video chat with friends and family members, unlike Google+ Hangouts that allows its users to group (video) chat with over 10 users at once.

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Facebook’s video calling feature does not support group call and is not available on smartphones. Hence, developers on Facebook came up with an app called Social Hangouts that allows you to video chat with 20 users at a time. That’s 10 more than Google+’s Hangout feature. It was reported that the app was launched a few days back to provide Facebook users a chance to group (video) chat with their friends, relatives and loved ones. This is great news to people who are still waiting for a  Google+ invite, since they  can now experience (group) video chatting on Facebook itself.

Group Video Chat on Facebook Social Hangouts

(Social Hangouts), a multi-user video chat application on Facebook, is now ready to take on the millions of Facebook users in a click of a button. Social Hangouts is a simple, easy to use application; you access the app without ever leaving Facebook, invite up to 20 of your contacts from your friends list and you could all be having a live video chat in no time! This might prove to be in Facebook’s favor, who to-date has managed to stay on top due to application and developers such as these and add to its arsenal against Google+.

Although Facebook’s (incomplete) video calling feature failed to create an impact, Social Hangout is certainly creating a buzz and gaining popularity. We had also seen TinyChat, another Facebook application that allows you to chat with 12 users at once. This application also lets you see a map of where your friends in chat are located.

Social Hangouts was developed in competition with Google+ Hangouts. To use Social Hangouts, all you have to do is to allow this application and send requests to your friends and family members to join Social Hangouts. Once the application is installed on your Facebook account and your freinds have accepted the invite, you can choose up to 20 friends from your friends list and invite them for over for a video chat.  Easy, isn’t it?

Go ahead and test the service here. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.