My Pinterest game is super weak. Yeah, that’s a link to my account, but up until yesterday I don’t think I’ve ever logged in or used it. Feel free to follow me, but don’t expect much.
I made that account quite some time ago, mostly because Lisa wouldn’t stop badgering me about it. I don’t think any of my friends are much into the service, either. If they are, it never comes up in conversation.
Lisa, on the other hand, absolutely loves Pinterest. She is constantly pinning all kinds of stuff. Half the time when I turn around she’s got Pinterest on her computer screen. She’s got like 40 public boards, and more than 2,000 followers.
JSF and the JSF Forums support pinning, but once I added that support I was pretty much like, “Meh, okay, that’s done”, and never looked at it again.
Yesterday Lisa asked for the umpteenth time, “Are you ever going to check out that vegetarian Pinterest board I made?!”
I’ve been extremely busy, so getting over to Pinterest has not been super high on the priority list. Once again I demurred, citing my schedule.
Last night during dinner Lisa said, “I pinned the General Tso’s Cauliflower recipe you posted on JSF yesterday, but it doesn’t even show the name of the recipe. I normally just delete pins like that.”
Oh, a technical problem? Now she had my attention. 🙂
I did a bit of research, and it turns out that I needed to enable something called Rich Pins. Rich Pins, I quickly discovered, allows metadata to be posted along with pins. I already had that metadata in place (in Open Graph format, which Pinterest supports), but I had to have that data validated by Pinterest and then apply for Rich Pins support.
I did that, my application was quickly accepted, and now all is right in Pinland.
While I was working on the issue, I poked around the site a bit. It’s pretty cool, I guess. Lisa did a nice job populating the Vegetarian board she started, and I’m sure we’ll be making some of those recipes. If you look at that board, you’ll see at the top my very first pin, the General Tso’s Cauliflower recipe. Metadata and all.
I also discovered that people have been pinning all sorts of stuff from JSF. Neat. I had no idea.
Maybe I’ll stick around a little bit. Are any of you into Pinterest?