|The Children's Illustrated Encyclopaedia|
of General Knowledge
|"O, put me in thy books"|
Working in education, I embraced the Internet with enthusiasm. It is so easy to research things via search engines; finding huge amounts of both useful and not so useful information along the way. All browsers have bookmarking tools that I happily made use of and over the years I have bookmarked a huge range of websites on several different browsers on several different PCs, laptops and tablets. I have so many bookmarks that it is no longer a quick task to find something again. Most times it easier and actually quicker to start a new search. Experimenting with various bookmarking apps made it even worse as I usually could not even remember which app I had used to bookmark a website never mind in what folder or section I had saved it.
Since retiring, I no longer have the need to bookmark educational websites but I have found I still wish to bookmark sites to come back to them later. Most of these are linked to my hobbies, both old and new. Although I occasionally still use a browser's own bookmarking tool to save a link to a site, I now prefer to use the Pinterest app to save links to useful information and inspirational pages in a visually organised system
Using Pinterest to search for and bookmark information
|Pinterest app icon|
|Example of my opening screen|
Once an account has been set up Pinterest opens with a scolling screen of suggested pins linked to personal interests. On this screenshot it is easy to see that I am following Age UK and that I have been showing an interest in crocheting, art and butterflies.
To pin any of the suggestions on the scrolling screen, it is really easy:
- Click on the image to open it in a full screen and then
- Click on the "Pin it" icon.
- Choose a board to pin it to or start a new one.
|Pins related to Monet|
The app is very user friendly. By clicking on the options at the bottom of the screen it is possible to:
- Access the Home screen
- Search for new pins
- Access News, Notifications and Messages
New boards can be added to an account at any time. Boards can either be public or private. Public boards can be seen by your followers and others finding you on Pinterest. I do have a few followers and follow a few too but, as I am collecting together interesting pages and websites mainly for myself, I have not extensively explored the facility to follow other people or individual boards. I am gradually building up my stock of pins on boards related to my current interests and it is great to be able to see what I have bookmarked just by glancing at the images. The only problem I seem to have had with using this app has been pinning something I notice as being interesting only to find I have pinned it previously!