Top 10 Pinterest Quotes:
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Quotes!
Alex Williams writes:
The explosively popular image-sharing site has fallen under the spell of words — that is, quotes from the great minds that offer lessons to live by... It is not a trend that Pinterest executives foresaw. “Pinterest is designed to be a visual experience,” said Barry Schnitt, a spokesman for the San Francisco-based company, adding, “We were surprised by the popularity of these quotes.”
I feel the urge to hunt down each of the images in the article.
Have you seen this? It's a Pinterest for inspiring quotes.
I love it! Thanks for the tip, Greg!!
I love the NYT article. Worth a re-read; quoting my favorite part below...
Alex Williams writes:
The explosively popular image-sharing site has fallen under the spell of words — that is, quotes from the great minds that offer lessons to live by.
In addition to sumptuous pictures of platform pumps, chalkboard-painted refrigerators and salted caramel shortbread, Pinterest is now jammed with inspirational quotes, some of which could have been lifted from fortune cookies.
“Love All, Trust a Few, Do Wrong to No One” (by William Shakespeare), is making the rounds these days. So is: “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious” (Albert Einstein).
Such pop-philosophy quotes, which seem to emanate from design-driven corners of the Web, serve as a form of group therapy on Pinterest. They have become so popular that a Quotes category was spun off in July, and now accounts for about 10 percent of Pinterest’s traffic, according to estimates by Repinly.com, an independent online directory that compiles data on Pinterest trends (Pinterest does not release such data).
Virtual verities, it seems, are as hot as ombré hair and fingernail art. It’s as if Hallmark greetings suddenly got hip.
“Inspirational quotes are wildly popular on Pinterest right now,” said Christine Martinez, 31, who runs a design blog, Miles to Style, in Oakland, Calif., and has 3.7 million followers on Pinterest. Repinly currently ranks her as the ninth most popular pinner on the site.
A pithy quotation with compelling visuals can boost Web traffic, added Ms. Martinez, who, like a lot of Pinterest users, maintains a “Words to Live By” section on her Pinterest page, featuring quotations by E. E. Cummings, Picasso and, yes, Rachel Zoe.
This summer, she pinned a quotation from Elizabeth Taylor (“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together”) from a Tumblr called Sequins & Stripes. It was rendered on a poster-style graphic in cursive, and was “repinned” — that is, reposted by other users — 10,000 times, more than 20 times her typical street-style pin.
It is not a trend that Pinterest executives foresaw. “Pinterest is designed to be a visual experience,” said Barry Schnitt, a spokesman for the San Francisco-based company, adding, “We were surprised by the popularity of these quotes.”
This being Pinterest, these homilies were given graphic design makeovers, either on actual posters, greeting cards, T-shirts or often as JPEGs that show up first on Tumblr or other blogs. Then they get picked up and passed around on Pinterest, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
Typical examples include Barbara Kruger-inflected diktats (“You Are Not Famous. Get Over It.”) delivered in bold white letters against a red background. Other hot text-based pins are images of tattoos with thought-provoking messages (say, “Choose Not a Life of Imitation”) or uplifting mantras (“The Pressure Is Good for You”) expressed as neon art, with a nod to Bruce Nauman.
Bonnie Tsang, 38, a photographer and blogger in Los Angeles who ranks as Pinterest power-user No. 4 with more than 5.6 million followers, sees heavy traffic with these dressed-up quotations. A recent repin showing a black-and-white photo from the early ’70s of John Lennon and Yoko Ono holding a white placard that reads “Don’t Hate What You Don’t Understand!” was then passed along more than 1,600 times.
“The ones that get many repins usually have to do with boosting our self-esteem and self-love,” Ms. Tsang said. Her favorites include “I Think I Like Who I Am Becoming,” which she herself turns to as a pick-me-up when things get tough.
For Sarah Kieffer, a baker in Minneapolis who runs a blog called The Vanilla Bean Blog, the quotes can be so moving that she sometimes prints and tapes them to her bathroom mirror and refrigerator. A recent favorite was uttered by Hazrat Inayat Khan, the Sufi teacher: “Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.”
“I know Pinterest is seen by many as a big time-waster,” said Ms. Kieffer, 35. “But I’ve found it to be a great place to find inspiration that goes beyond pretty pictures and beautiful homes.”
One problem with Pinterest is that every fresh idea spreads so quickly that it soon becomes its own cliché (think French braids, Nutella brownies). Even within the emergent micro-genre of the Pinterest quotation, some messages have already become so overused, they produce eye rolls.
Lately, for example, there are endless variations on “YOLO” (“You Only Live Once”), said Kate Arends, 28, a graphic designer in Minneapolis who runs a blog called Wit & Delight. The Steve Jobs quotation “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish” lost its power, she said, when it started to pop up on seemingly every Pinterest board.
Arguably, none of this might have happened without the popularity of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster. Commissioned by the British government in 1939 to ease fears of a possible German invasion, it enjoyed an unlikely renaissance seven decades later as an objet in design blogs and Domino magazine. That poster showed that a simple, uplifting edict packaged in the form of visual art could hit the sweet spot for urban creatives who desired a little pick-me-up, but were too cool to display self-help books on their Vitsoe shelves.
Time for me to make a new Pinterest Quote board...