I first heard about the website Pinterest from my wife and daughter while listening in on a conversation they were having about it. They were talking about “boards” they had created on Pinterest and images they had “repined” from other boards. They talked about other boards they were “following.” After listening in a while, I figured out they were describing ‘virtual’ pin boards that allow you to collect and organize pictures of things you like and want to keep. Since my wife and daughter’s boards were on topics such as fashion, home decorating and cooking receipts, I quickly got bored with their Pinterest conversation and marked the website off as something that caters primarily to women’s interests.
A few days after this, my wife was on the Pinterest site again and she mentioned to me there were a lot of car pictures on Pinterest. Now that got my attention. She showed me how to do a search for “Cars” on the Pinterest site and up popped pages and pages of car photos- hot rods, rat rods, classic cars, collector cars, common cars, obscure cars, muscle cars, limos and micro cars. I could search for specific makes for everything from a British Austin to Chevys and Fords to the obscure Russian Zil. I was captivated for the rest of the evening, finding an endless supply of car pictures – basically car guy heaven! Finding many pictures I wanted to keep, I signed up on Pinterest that night and started my own boards on cars, trucks and motorcycles. When writing classic car articles for Examiner, I’m always looking for research material about various car makes and models and Pinterest now gives me one more way I can collect information and learn more about my favorite subject.
I discovered other people’s car and truck boards (both guys and gals) and started following several other vehicle boards by simply hitting the “Follow” button that is displayed with each board. Once you follow a boards, you can click on the main Pinterest page and a "pin feed" appears, displaying all new pins from the boards you are following.
I also started getting followers that liked the types of cars and trucks that I was pinning to my board. Everytime someone ‘likes’ or repins one of my pins, I get an e-mail notice that allows me to link to their board, putting me in contact with even more boards displaying cars and trucks that catch my interests.
In addition to repining cars and trucks from other boards that I like, I also upload photographs that I have taken of cars and trucks for my Classic Car Examiner articles. I include the link to my published articles with the picture I upload so that people liking the picture can click to Examiner.com to read the article and view the entire slide show. Once you establish your own boards, Pinterest allows you to upload your own pictures or pictures from the web, as long as you provide the proper link to give the owner of the photo credit. To make sure you can view car pics anywhere, Pinterest also has phone aps for iPhone, iPads and Android use.
I continue to be somewhat obsessed with Pinterest and now have close to two thousand pictures posted to my Car and Truck Pinterest board and I add to it weekly. I have a couple of hundred followers who “like” and repin my pictures.
While women continue to use Pinterest much more than men, at least in the U.S., cars and other motor vehicles are now one of the most popular boards on the site. Most of us car guys and gals don’t have unlimited time, space and money to put together our dream car collections. But with Pinterest, you can have your own virtual dream car collection! To learn more about Pinterest or join the site, go to: www.pinterest.com. You can view my Pinterest car board at: http://pinterest.com/tedster52/cars-and-trucks/
This week’s Trivia Question: What do the numbers in the Oldsmobile 4-4-2 stand for?
Answer to last week’s Trivia Question: The 1939 Oldsmobile with the optional hydromatic was the first American automobile with an automatic transmission.
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