Hello out there, our lovely “A” from LA Snark’s T&A Do LA column has been swallowed by her job.
In the meantime, I, the “T” will share with you some observations I make about the entertainment we’re dished. To Tele & Film Universe (TOFU: Where you can get a side of estrogen with your entertainment) and beyond.
And yes, I know tofu only has plant estrogen, but go with it here.
Pinterest is relatively the new kid on the block in this big school of human communication we call social media. You know how every time there was a new kid in class growing up and everyone was on them like white on rice? That wasn’t me. Same with social network invites. Get ‘em, hesitate, look at them funny for a few weeks, then give in eventually to the hoopla of the “new-ness”. (You’d think I was always an early adopter, but not the case).
This time I swore it was different. I was simply not going to cave and be like everybody else. I already have Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – the holy trine of social networking sites. Why would I need a fourth to give me even more self branding work to do? (Sure, I have a couple Tumblrs too, but just for fun.)
I was not one of these females with “wish boards” where you tear pages from magazines of what you want and “visualize” them to make them come true. “A” is. She was Pinterest before Pinterest. I’ve seen her physical picture boards. There’s one in her closet right now. She’s gotten me to sit down and write in a notebook with her about what we wanted out of our futures.
With Pinterest, I thought it was all women with boards devoted to their wedding and home item desires. It’s not- there are all kinds of boards on there about an array of topics. There are real men on there. There are major companies on this exponentially growing web site too.
People build digital shrines to all kinds of things- like moss even. (Here’s another moss board). Here’s one of my faves called “You Bad Girl!” that’s great stimulus for thinking about female characters to create. Another collection of abstract images that get you thinking is “Doppelganger”.
I use Pinterest to visually tell stories I have in screenplay or book form. Pinterest is a great world-building tool for me. It’s better than Instagram because you can organize all your pretty pictures into groupings and better than Facebook albums because Pinterest just makes things a lot more attractive with its formatting.
Go ahead and call me a Pinterest convert now. Like Twitter, it allows me to meet strangers with common interests. There are so many creative types on there, not just domestic homemakers looking for craft ideas like I originally thought. I’ve seen great agency “mood boards” for work projects. It’s true what they say- a picture is worth a thousands words. You definitely cannot fit a thousands words or characters onto Twitter status updates.
You know how people have joked that Facebook is the domineering significant other who keeps asking things like: “Where were you?” and “Who were you with?” when you post photos and updates? And also wants to know- “Who’s in your family?” and “Who are your closest friends?”. Facebook just feels invasive now.
Pinterest is the new love affair you want to hold hands and stroll through a museum or local garden with and whisper stories to, without the pressure of having to look cool or appear to be an overly involved mover and shaker in front of. It’s very idealized and takes us back to notions of wishing and wanting, and that’s ok. Just hope it doesn’t turn into Skinterest.
Find “T” on Pinterest.