Yesterday I (mostly) completed a new social media project and began another on this website. The first is Pinterest, which seems all the rage lately. It is actually surpassing Twitter and Linked-In. The best definition I could find is from Wikipedia: “Pinterest is a pinboard-style social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, ‘re-pin’ images to their own collections and/or ‘like’ photos”. Confusing! The only true way to understand it is to just use it.
I created a site for Ryan and worked on if intermittently over the past week. Currently it has thirteen “boards”. One board, for example, shows his interest. Others display his therapy equipment, medical equipment, favorite teams, and so on. I was skeptical at first about it’s value, but the more I delved into it, the more confident I became that is has a role in keeping Ryan relevant. Not only can people visit his page, but they can pin photos I include in posts. It’s easy too. For demonstration, I posted a non-flattering photo of myself (left) that could be pinned to your board by simply clicking the “Pin It” button.
So for those who already have an account, you can follow Ryan on Pinterest by simply clicking here (I’ve also included a button to follow Ryan on the lower-right of the website’s pages). If you don’t have an account and are interested in seeing if it’s something you might want to use you can quickly learn about it and sign-up.
The second project — still in progress — is a complete overhaul of the website’s photo page. Because the page is getting so large, I’m moving related pictures into albums. I’ve already created four: The Attackers and Trials, The Woofers, Patio and Landscape Project, and Kitchenette Project. As I create more albums I’ll move the uncategorized photos into them (they are still available just below the albums) and add in new ones.
I’m always looking for ways to keep Ryan’s struggle salient and draw more people in. The challenge (and opportunity) is evolving with the technology and latest craze that seems like it will catch on.