As new social network sites come and go, it’s hard to be sure which ones will really stick around. Among a few of my friends, there is a bit of debate about Pinterest. “What’s the point?” seems to be a question that often comes up. Frankly, I am not sure where Pinterest is going. But so far, I have found it useful. It is a good way for me, as well as others, to share some of my own artwork. But I also find it a useful way to catalog some of the work I like by creating different art-themed boards.
Earlier this year I wrote about how I have my own album of museum cards. It acts as a personal, do-it-yourself, art book. Sometimes I find it interesting to look at the book and reflect on cards I chose for it years ago. It’s akin to reading old journal entries to look back on how one was thinking years before. I’ve realized, with Pinterest, I am able to create a similar set of albums, but in this case I can share them with others. It’s still too early to tell, but Pinterest, or something like it, might become a future source of reference for art historians. They will be able to look back on the online boards created by artists to get a sense of what they were looking at and even being influenced by. Now to get more artists to start using Pinterest, in the meantime, feel free to follow me.