Here are some observations from my experiences thus far with Pinterest:
- The Pinterest bookmarklet is very handy for quickly pinning websites from the browser. For more information about installing the bookmarklet visit: http://pinterest.com/about/goodies/
- In order to pin a website it must have a large picture or video. Otherwise it won't work. However, it is possible to upload a picture and add a link manually.
- Pinterest boards provide a visual way to develop teaching collections to illustrate an idea. For example, this board of time-lapse videos shows several different ways that time-lapse might be used to illustrate an educational idea: http://pinterest.com/csnelsonbsu/time-lapse-videos/
- We can collect videos from all around the Web in a "visual playlist." This is kind of liberating as we can collect from anywhere instead of being limited to content from specific sites.
- Some sites don't allow content to be pinned. I encountered this problem on the National Geographic videos site.
- We can find other good collections to follow by searching, checking follower content, or reviewing collections of those who like or repin our boards. This may be a good way to grow a collection quickly.
Overall, my experience has been good with Pinterest. It has been valuable as a place to collect visual content examples such as time-lapse and stop motion videos. I use these collections in a course I teach that covers educational video production.