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Pinterest, what’s all the fuss?

While Pinterest doesn’t need any press from me I thought I’d spell out a couple good uses I’ve found on the new social site. It is a great way to share ideas and create your own pin boards of things you like. If you are a visual person like I am then you know seeing it is a great for reminders and ideas. I like to share design ideas or get inspired before working on a new design and Pinterest has a bookmarklet that allows you to pin photos and images that you see on any site with the push of a button. So if there’s a  font you love or a technique you want to remember but don’t have the time to jot it down, just push Pin It and the image will be save in a visual thumbnail with a link to the original source.

As a creative this is priceless, pictures spin through my brain at a rapid pace and I love saving things for inspiration, now I can do it without saving every magazine I’ve ever read or tearing out the pages and taping them to the wall. Simply put Pinterest is like getting to browse thousands of magazines and dog ear the page and share it with your friends with the push of a button. No more looking for the specific edition of the magazine that had that great recipe in it, it’s right there on your foodie pin board!

Do you Digg it?

Oh yeah I’m grooving up in here! “I can digg it, he can digg it. She can digg it. We can digg it. They can digg it. You can digg it. Oh let’s digg it. Can you digg it, baby?”

Having a rich journalism background, love for my iPad, digg.com is how I read the news stories around the world that people find interesting. I don’t have time to check an endless list of websites, nor do I allow Facebook to send me an update when a company I “like” posts an update. However, I like to be well-informed.  I also know that many of my colleagues use this popular website. In fact, the site has a new beta section of their “newsrooms” tab. I think it’s because they know this is how many journalists and e-news junkies keep up with what’s going on. So with all of these journalistic eyes on digg.com, why are so few companies digging their own content? It is a great way to grab the interest of the journalists your PR department is trying to reach.  I often checked Digg as a Senior Editor at the newspaper, it let me quickly look for visual opportunities in our area. So, before you fax, email, tweet the press release  and  call every editor in the newsroom, can you Digg it?